Colin Goddard’s whole life changed after surviving the Virginia Polytechnic Institute massacre on April 16, 2007, one of the deadliest shootings in American history.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, to English and American parents working in international development, Goddard has lived in Somalia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the United States. He completed high school in Cairo, Egypt, and graduated with a BA from Virginia Tech. He then worked in Virginia state government and spent a year teaching English in a high school in Lille, France.
While enrolled as a fourth-year student at Virginia Tech pursuing an international studies degree, Goddard was shot four times and was one of seven, out of a classroom of 17, to survive the shooting. He still has three of the four bullets in his body as well as a titanium rod implanted in his left femur.
Working at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Goddard now uses his experience to educate others about gun violence and the weaknesses in U.S. gun laws. He appears in interviews with numerous media outlets, radio stations, and talk shows. Goddard and his father write a blog for The Huffington Post, “Goddards on Guns.”
The story of how Goddard became involved in gun violence prevention is documented in the film, Living for 32. He is currently traveling across the country with the film and sharing his story in an effort to educate, advocate, and mobilize Americans to get involved in preventing gun violence.
Goddard now lives and works in Washington, D.C.