Says Colin Goddard in and interview with Northern Arizona News:
Most people think if they send their child to a nice school in a nice area, then gun violence wonâ€™t affect them. But I was put into the most dangerous situation in my life in my French class, and I was almost killed.
I wanted to share my experience of gun violence and show other people to help them become educated and not allow gun violence to happen to you directly. I donâ€™t want people to have to go down the same road that I did, with the same conclusion.
Except I want to achieve the goal by allowing people the choice of how best to defend themselves, including carrying a gun if they do so lawfully and responsibly. Colin wants to solve this problem by promoting the fantasy that rules and policies stop madmen. The loser who shot Colin passed several background checks, patiently got around Virginia’s gun rationing law which allows only one handgun a month, violated the Commonwealth of Virginia’s laws on carrying a firearm without a license, and finally violated Virginia Tech’s policy of forbidding firearms on campus. These laws utterly failed Colin Goddard, and his solution is to try it again, but with vigor. Sounds like a brilliant plan!
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Nailed it in one.
Colin must have failed statistics or must be horrible at research because “most people” are absolutely correct when they make the assumption that “if they send their child to a nice school in a nice area, then gun violence wonâ€™t affect them.”
Hell, “most people” who send their children to bad schools in bad areas would likewise be correct in making that assumption. The hell with statistics! I don’t think Colin and his ilk even grasp the concept of “most” let alone statistical relevance.
My professional colleagues and I have a saying…”What are you, stupid?” for when someone does something obviously idiotic. That pops into my mind when I think of this guy.
Exactly how does his sharing of his experience of being without any means of defense and getting shot, “…help them become educated and not allow gun violence to happen to you directly. I donâ€™t want people to have to go down the same road that I did, with the same conclusion.”
As noted, the killer easily got around or ignored numerous laws (including murder), so how is “education” going to help prevent future victims of a rampage? What fantasy land of denial does he live in? Last time I checked violent crime still exists in all societies and countries, even those with highly restrictive gun laws. So is one’s “education” going to stop a murderer…no, a gun is one viable means of ending a mortal threat.
His story has only one logical conclusion…have a gun so you candefend yourself or you might become a victim.
The moral of the story is not…let’s just restrict guns (e.g. no campus carry) and hope criminals will not use them anyway.
“Colin must have failed statistics or must be horrible at research”
Colin Goddard knows that its next to impossible to get a job in this economy even with a real degree. For somebody with an “International Studies Degree”, impossible. That job offer from the Bradies, plus the fact that they’re paying his Dad (dunno if he was also unemployed) it must have looked like a big-old-box under the Christmas tree.
“I donâ€™t want people to have to go down the same road that I did, with the same conclusion.”
Actually, he wants to make sure that anybody who goes down the same road he did *does* have the same conclusion, or else gets killed. What he can’t stomach is the thought that someone might go down the same road and be a hero instead of a coward.
Maybe if unarmed Colin Goddard gets shot and survives 3 or 4 more times he’ll become the laughingstock that he should already be.
He was foolishly unable to defend himself, and not only has learned nothing from that experience, but has instead doubled down on that foolishness by insisting that everyone be forced by law to be as defenseless as he was, whether they want to be or not.
It seems to me that he has an enormous resentment towards those who are armed and able to protect themselves, so he wants to force them into the same miserable, defenseless situation that he was in when he was shot, and that he stubbornly remains in. Whether or not he chooses to change and arm himself is up to him. However, whether others can learn from his situation and take precautions so that they can defend themselves is for others to decide.
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