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Father Of Virginia Tech Victim Confronts Congressional Candidate

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After apologizing for comments about the Virginia Tech shooting, Republican Keith Fimian, who's running for Virginia's 11th congressional district, met with the father of a girl who was killed during the 2007 massacre.

After getting supporters revved up for his get out the vote program, Fimian was confronted by Peter Reid, whose daughter was murdered during the slaying at Virginia Tech's campus.

Fimian stirred controversy last week for saying the shooting may have turned out differently if a student was "packing heat." Reid asked Fimian to pledge to support a bill to force background checks at gun shows.

"He said it hadn't come up in over a year of campaigning and I suggested that that's probably not a good basis for deciding whether something is an important issue, and in the end he agreed to look into it. So I'm going to see what comes of that," says Reid, after meeting with the candidate.

Fimian says he's unfamiliar with the bill.

"You know I'm a businessman," says Fimian. "I've not run for office until last time, and there's a great many issues I want to get familiar with both sides, so that's what I'll do. But my heart really does go out to them."

Officials with the campaign of Gerry Connolly, Fimian's opponent, says the remark is helping Connolly gain last minute support in the District.

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