The Belcourt Theatre is the site for a screening of the acclaimed documentary Living for 32 on Tuesday, Sept. 24 as Colin Goddard, survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, joins the Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for the event. Goddard will join a group of local gun violence experts to discuss the film following the screening.
“We are pleased to welcome Colin to Nashville and invite everyone to join the discussion about how we build a safer future for our children,” says Linda McFadyen-Ketchum, who heads the Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action.
Goddard was shot four times and was one of seven people out of a classroom of seventeen to survive. Goddard now uses his experience to educate others about the realities of gun violence and U.S. gun laws through his work with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The story of how he became involved in gun violence prevention is documented in the film, which was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Those joining Goddard for a panel discussion following the film include the public information officer for the Nashville office of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a Vanderbilt Medical Center trauma surgeon, a Nashville mother who lost her teen-aged son to gun violence in 2012 and an Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecutes gun crimes.
The event is a fundraiser for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the suggested donation is $10 per person; cash and debit/credit card contributions will be accepted at the event. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. Three hundred seats are available and organizers expect the event to sell out. Reservations are encouraged and available online through a link on a page that can be accessed by clicking here.
In addition to Goddard panelists will include:
- Talia Simmons, Nashville mother whose son was murdered in 2012
- Michael Knight, Public Information Officer and former Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
- Dr. Raeanna Adams, Trauma Surgeon, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
- Philip Wehby, Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee and Deputy Criminal Chief of Firearms
Jennifer Charles, a member of the Moms Demand Action Tennessee leadership team, will moderate the panel discussion. For more information on the documentary go to livingfor32.com.
Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to stop drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (www.momsdemandaction.org) was created to end the epidemic of gun violence in America. Moms Demand Action is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that educates, motivates and mobilizes moms and families to take action for stronger gun laws and policies that save lives. They are demanding action on common-sense gun reforms from lawmakers at every level, as well as public and private institutions. They believe that this country’s lax gun laws, loopholes and policies have jeopardized the safety of our children and communities for far too long.
*Photos of Colin Goddard courtesy of Cuomo Cole Productions.