Colin Goddard was sitting in a 9 a.m. French class at Virginia Tech on April, 16, 2007 when a madman burst into the classroom and started firing two semiautomatic handguns, murdering 11 people in the room. The killer, a mentally disturbed student named Sueng-Hui Cho, had dozens of 10- and 15-round magazines, and 400 rounds of ammunition, including hollow-point ammunition. A total of 32 people died and 17 were wounded during his rampage.

Goddard had survived what became the biggest shooting rampage by an individual in U.S. history. Shot four times, he still has three bullets in his body. The athletic former ROTC student pushed through grueling physical therapy and returned to Virginia Tech to finish his degree in international studies and go on with his life.

But after learning about other mass shootings in Pittsburgh and Binghamton, N.Y., Goddard had to do something — he could not just sit on the sidelines. “For the 32 Hokies [Virginia Tech students and faculty] who were lost that day, and for the 32 Americans who are lost everyday on average in our country, I've decided to devote this time in my life to making a difference, so their memories might be honored and the damage to our society lessened,” Goddard says.

Goddard started volunteering for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and is now assistant director of legislative affairs. He has become a nationally known advocate and is also the subject of a new documentary called “Living for 32.”

The award-winning film, which chronicles the events of the shooting and Goddard’s journey from survivor to activist, was featured at the Sundance Film Festival and shortlisted for a potential Academy Award. Goddard has been screening it on college campuses and at film festivals around the country, telling his story and hoping to inspire people to take action in their own communities. He will screen and discuss the film at the University of Richmond School of Law on Thursday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in Room 102. The event is free and open to the public.

The law school's Student Bar Association, together with the student governments from Westhampton College, Richmond College, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the Robins School of Business, and the School of Continuing Studies, have joined forces to bring this film and speaker to campus. Many University of Richmond students, staff, and families have deep connections to Virginia Tech. “Virginia Tech is like a sister school, and we feel very connected to the entire Tech family,” says one Richmond alumna. A group of Virginia Tech alumni who work at the University of Richmond will wear their Hokie T-shirts at the screening to show support for their alma mater.

Goddard told ABC News that he’s not anti-gun, “I’ve shot guns many times before,” he says. “I’ve been hunting, been to the range. We’re simply trying to hold everybody to the same standard. The dealers have to run these [background] checks, the private sellers don’t.” He says he has no problem with people keeping firearms in their home for protection, as long as they get them legally.

In “Living for 32,” Goddard wore a hidden camera into gun shows to demonstrate how easy it is for people to buy weapons without showing ID and without a background check. He calls it the "gun show loophole." The film also addresses the debate about the right to carry concealed weapons on a college campus. Goddard believes the government should enforce laws that are already on the books, such as requiring background checks before people buy guns and denying those with a felony record or a dangerous mental illness the right to buy guns.

Goddard sees "Living for 32” as an educational tool and a vehicle for social change. The film has also turned this studious college student into a national figure. Goddard has been interviewed extensively in the media and has been called, “a walking, talking poster boy for gun control.”

The son of international aid workers, Goddard spent most of his childhood traveling the world with his family. They settled in Richmond when he was at Virginia Tech.

Goddard told Oprah Winfrey when he appeared on her show recently, “'Living for 32' is not only the 32 people who were killed at Virginia Tech, but on average there are 32 Americans killed by guns every day in this country — so 30,000 people a year. Seventy thousand people are shot and survive. There are things we can do about that, so the ultimate goal is to try to make that impact. Try to make it harder for the dangerous people to get their guns because, as you can see, it's really too easy."