Virginia Tech survivor angry over lax gun laws

A local man who survived the Virginia Tech massacre is facing new problems from the bullets still lodged in his body. They are leaching lead. As Peggy Fox reports, it's one more problem the survivors in Las Vegas may have to deal with also.

SILVER SPRING, MD (WUSA9) - Colin Goddard walked into his college French class in Norris Hall at Virginia Tech. His teacher, and most of his fellow classmates were killed. Only seven survived.   

"Still to this day, I struggle to talk to families of those who lost loved ones," said Colin Goddard. 

Goddard was shot four times in both hips and his knee. On Wednesday, 10 years later, he is on crutches recovering from surgery to remove those bullets which started leaching lead into his body. He says his problems are emblematic of what all the wounded in Las Vegas could experience.  

"Those 500 people who got injured will have things for the rest of their lives that they're going to have to deal with. And all because one person was able to inflect a massive amount of death and injury," said Goddard.  

His experience caused him to become an advocate for gun violence prevention and works with the organization called Every town for Gun Safety. So, has that effort made any progress?

"We are light years ahead of where we were ten years ago. But federally, we've done nothing. But in states across the country we've done a lot."  

"Since the Virginia Tech shootings there hasn't been any action in the House. In the Senate, we've had hearings, we've had votes. Hasn't gone our way, but there's been progress there." 

"In the House of Representatives, that supposed to be reflecting the will of the people, supposed to be the people's house, nothing but silence. As more Americans have been shot and killed. That's where I think more Americans need to focus their attention. Realizing their Representatives there are not doing their jobs. They're not holding hearings. They're not asking the experts, 'What can we do?' They're not talking to people. They're not having the discussion at all."

"They way now is not the time. That's what you hear all the time. Now's not the time. Every single day dozens of Americans are killed. Hundreds of Americans are shot and injured. With that logic, there will never be a time. The time to talk about this issue was yesterday. Now is the time to talk about it. Now is the time for them to do their jobs," said Goddard.  

He's a father of a toddler now and he and his wife are expecting their second child. Goddard says becoming a parents makes the issue of ending gun violence even more urgent. 

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