WASHINGTON - As one of seven survivors in a class of 17 at Virginia Tech during the April 2007 massacre, his story was harrowing.
"People tell me God was looking out for me that day - that's why I'm here," says Colin Goddard in a documentary about his experience, "Living for 32," which was screened Thursday night at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.
"I just got lucky."
Goddard has now become a gun safety advocate who works with national and local gun control groups, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
After showing the film, Goddard said the 32 killed at Virginia Tech is the same number of Americans murdered daily with a gun.
"If you add suicides and accidental shootings on top of that you're upwards of 80 Americans killed by a bullet, every single day," Goddard told the audience.
Goddard is advocating for mandatory background checks on all gun sales.
"I thought prior, ĎAs long as you live in a nice place and go to a nice school, gun violence is not going to be a part of your life,'" he says.
But after his experience, the survivor says he now thinks differently.
Watch the trailer for "Living for 32" below: