PORTLAND, Maine — A survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings says he doesn’t oppose gun ownership despite being shot four times. But Colin Goddard told a Maine audience that states should implement a system that requires a background check that includes mental health records, domestic violence arrests and felony convictions.
He says the shooter, Cho Seung-Hui Cho, should never have been allowed to buy a handgun because he had been diagnosed with a mental illness. Cho killed 32 people before committing suicide in April 2007.
Goddard was in Maine on Wednesday to address Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence.
Last year, Goddard used a hidden video camera at gun shows across the United States, including one in Bangor, to document how easy it can be to buy a weapon.