WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A documentary about the Virginia Tech shootings is returning to the scene of the massacre. "Living for 32" will be shown Wednesday night, February 9, in Blacksburg.
Colin Goddard is the main subject of the film. "We started first hearing loud banging noises coming out of our classroom," remembered Colin Goddard. The morning of April 16th, 2007, would change his life forever.
"I pulled out my cell phone and dialed 911. I said, 'We're in Norris Hall. I think there's a shooting going on.' And as soon as I got that out, we saw bullets coming through the door."
When Seung Hui Cho came in firing the first time, Goddard was hit in the left knee. Then, Cho came back.
"This time, he more methodically came down each of the rows, still firing. At one point, he was standing at my feet. That's when I was shot a second time in my left hip," said Goddard. He wound up being shot a four times. But he says he was just lucky the bullets did not kill him. All around him, classmates were dying.
He believes he must now speak for those who can't. The documentary, "Living For 32," follows his journey from testifying on Capitol Hill to debating gun control on national TV.
"There's a Virginia Tech that happens every single day in this country that goes unnoticed. That's what I wanted the name to be. To represent the 32 at the school, but also the bigger picture of the 32 people who are killed everyday by a gun in the country," said Goddard.
Goddard now works for the Brady Campaign.
The Brady Campaign is named for James Brady, who was shot by John Hinckley, Jr., when he was trying to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. The shooting led Congress to require gun dealers conduct background checks. But there's no requirement for individual gun sales at gun shows, and the Brady Campaign calls that a loop hole.
The movie follows Goddard to gun shows, where he easily purchases automatic weapons on the spot, sometimes with no ID.
"I want to see an America where people know they can change what's going on in their communities. I want to see an America where people aren't worried about getting shot while walking down the street or getting shot while sitting in French class. I want to see an America where people know they are safe are safe wherever they go."
Goddard and the filmmakers plan to show "Living for 32" on the campus of George Washington University next Tuesday, the 15th, at Morton Auditorium.
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Written by Peggy Fox
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