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He was shot four times during the rampage at Virginia Tech and now he’s slowly being poisoned by the toxic lead bullets that are still in his body.


“……On April 16, 2007, Goddard was in French class at Virginia Tech when he was shot four times……One bullet pierced his shoulder and then exited. But three other bullets shattered into tiny pieces in his body, and doctors said it was too risky to remove them…..Goddard is suffering from lead poisoning. At one point, his levels were seven times higher than what’s considered safe….”The short term symptoms are hard to recognize — things like fatigue, irritability, memory loss. stomach pain,” Goddard said. “At the time when I learned about this, I was in grad school, I had a two-year-old, was about to have another one, and was trying to find a job. A lot of those things going on in my life could have caused those things.”
His mother who encouraged him to get a blood test after she read an article about the lasting impact of lead ammunition in shooting survivors.
Since his diagnosis, Goddard has had hip surgery to remove more bullet fragments, and he’s tried Chelation therapy to clear the toxic metal from his body.
“I tried it for a month,” he said. “I had to take like 30 pills a day, every day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”
The treatment worked, but Goddard struggled to take so many pills every day. As soon as he stopped taking the pills, the lead in his body elevated to dangerous levels again, although they aren’t as high as before he tried the therapy…..”

“…..One person has died and 10 have been wounded in a violent attack at a vocational college in the Finnish city of Kuopio…..”


“……One woman told Finnish media how she had helped a female teacher who suffered a deep wound to her hand when she was attacked by the student.

He had walked in on a class shortly after midday and pulled a sword out of his bag and attacked the teacher, the Iltahlehti news website reported. As she tried to flee, students threw chairs at the attacker in an attempt to escape and some were wounded…..”

The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at the time of the attack: “On the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman opens fire on a crowd attending the final night of a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring more than 800. The shooting only lasted 10 minutes

A deadly American summer: 26 mass shootings; 126 people dead.


“……During the unofficial summer season, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, America endured 26 mass shootings in 18 states…….Mass killings can be inspired by bigotry, by domestic anger, by botched drug deals, or, in one case this summer in California, by an argument over golf. But sometimes, including in Las Vegas in 2017, the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, the reasons for a massacre are never discovered……..”

September 16, 2013: Gunman kills 12 in D.C. Navy Yard massacre

It started with a traffic stop….


“…..After he opened fire during a traffic stop Saturday in Midland, the gunman drove on the streets and the highway, spraying bullets randomly at residents and motorists.
He then hijacked a postal truck and ditched his gold Honda, shooting at people as he made his way into Odessa about 20 miles away. There, police confronted him in a movie theater parking lot and killed him in a shootout…..”

An Afghan man seeking asylum was arrested after a 19-year-old was killed and nine others wounded in a knife attack at a subway stop near Lyon, France, Saturday with 3 of the victims in critical condition.

NY Post

At least five people were killed and 21 people injured Saturday when a gunman in West Texas drove around shooting from his vehicle


‘…..Midland Mayor Jerry Morales told CNN a Department of Public Safety officer pulled over a vehicle on an interstate highway Saturday.

“That’s when he shot the officer and then took off and started shooting randomly,” Morales said. “Everything happened after that.”…..’


An active shooter situation in Odessa, TX on Saturday afternoon: At least 2 were killed and up to 20 others were injured in a series of shootings in West Texas.

6 cops were shot in a Philadelphia neighborhood but they’ve all since been released from area hospitals. At least one suspect is still armed and barricaded inside a house.


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