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WEST LAFAYETTE – Just two days before the National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis, its biggest challenger took part in a panel about gun violence at Purdue University where a student was shot to death this year.

Andrew Boldt, 21, was gunned down in the Electrical Engineering building in January. Police arrested 23-year-old student Cody Cousins for murder.

Virginia Tech survivor Colin Goddard joined Purdue’s Police Chief, students, and professors to talk about gun violence prevention, Wednesday.

Goddard told the crowd how he was in French class when his teacher saw the gunman in the hallway and yelled at the students to get underneath their desks. He was shot four times.

“I was one of seven people in a room of 17 who was alive,” he said.

Since then, Goddard has been pushing for more background checks and now he serves as the Senior Policy Advocate for Everytown for Gun Safety.

“I think part of it is our easy accessibility (to guns),” said Goddard. “The lack of background checks simply that we do at the point of sale to make sure people who are buying guns from gun shows, gun stores, over the internet can legally do so.”

“I think we need to hear their stories,” added Robert Mate with the Office of the Dean of Students. “I see us healing now, and I think by doing this we can expand the conversation a little further now and talk about some of the issues that are coming up.”