I received the following from the Brady Campaign. If you have not received this message and are reading this blog, please take the time to read Colin Goddard’s message and to view his video. All of us should support what Colin and the Brady Campaign are trying to do.
THE BRADY CAMPAIGN
Surviving near-death experiences often yields new perspectives in life. My eyes were opened after I was shot and almost killed at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.
No matter how hard it is to discuss that day, it is worth it if it brings greater awareness to some of the issues surrounding school shootings in this country.
With my story I try to convey the reality of the situation I faced in my classroom, as well as the reality that our nation's gun laws are woefully inadequate.
Did you know, in most states, people can walk into gun shows and purchase firearms - from Glocks to AK-47s - from unlicensed sellers without a Brady criminal background check? This is legal and a currently glaring loophole within America's background check system.
I've learned that the Columbine shooters obtained their guns through this same loophole in the law.So now I ask you to help me deliver a petition to Congress of 100,000 signatures by April, 16, 2010, the third anniversary of the shooting, demanding that this gun show loophole be closed.
Please click here to view my video and sign the petition. Once you have signed it, I ask that you forward it on to friends and family.
Other fellow Virginia Tech survivors and families are working with me. Million Mom March and Brady Chapters have joined me in this ambitious effort, as well as students and other organizations in the gun violence prevention movement.
You can help even more by sharing the video on your Facebook page. Talk, tweet, and blog about it, too.
We have to increase public awareness on issues like these if we hope to move toward a safer America. Congress needs to hear a new perspective.