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Dad of Slain Santa Barbara Victim Rips on NRA, ‘Idiots’ in Congress for Lack of Gun Control Laws

An angry father lashed out at the NRA and the ‘rudderless bunch of  idiots’ in Congress for stalling legislation that may have prevented his son’s killer from getting a gun.

Richard Martinez, father of Santa Barbara shooting rampage victim Chris Martinez, said that there is nothing unpatriotic about calling on Congress to help save lives and stop gun violence in America, despite what some Republicans gun advocates would have you think.

“We’re all proud to be Americans. But what kind of message does it send to the world when we have such a rudderless bunch of idiots in government?” Martinez said during a CNN interview. ““I can’t tell you how angry I am. It’s just awful, and no parent should have to go through this.”

Martinez pointed out that Americans had been warned about the dangers of mass shootings when a mentally ill gunman killed innocent children in Sandy Hook. Yet, according to Martinez, Congress refused to act and instead listened to lobby groups like the NRA,  paving the way for more Americans – including his own 20-year-old college age son – to be killed in a deli on Friday night when yet another mentally ill young person went on a rampage.

In a separate press conference held outside the sheriff’s office in Santa Barbara, the grieving dad also demanded answers from the politicians earning ‘fat salaries’ while playing games with young peoples’ lives.

“Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights — what about Chris’ right to live?” Richard Martinez told reporters shortly after the killing spree.

“When will this insanity stop?” the grieving dad asked. “When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness. We don’t have to live like this’? Too many have died. We should say to ourselves, ‘Not one more.’”

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  • Beverly Brown

    Mr. Martinez is correct in his entire statement about congress and the lack of our loved ones lives compared to the NRA and their adgenda. People lets keep on their azz until we get some results. Sorry for everybody’s loss when it could have been prevented. It’s sad for the love of money what people will do.

    • Still22

      Swimming pools kill more children than guns each year by a factor of 2:1. You want my guns? Give up your swimming pools and Jacuzzi’s.

      • Thomas W. Yale

        An extremely weak argument. Swimming pools have no intent to kill.

        • Still22

          Neither do guns have intent. They are inanimate objects. Yes, under extremely rare circumstances they can misfire and cause harm. Just like a pool can attract a toddler and drown him/her.

      • AJcoog

        A typical callous response from a person with no regard for human life. What are a few dead from bullets, when drowning kills more? What kind of same person thinks like that? Sadly, this is typically the mentality that the NRA will peddle its death weapons too, and this brain dead moron will gobble it up.

        • Still22

          Before we resort to ad hominem attacks and childish name calling, perhaps you should check your own understanding of a fallacious argument. The rebuttal is intended to point out that Beverly attacking responsible gun owners is as ridiculous as me attacking responsible pool owners. N’es pas? When the public discussion turns to banning something because human beings say it is dangerous I am compelled to point out the obvious – it is human behavior that makes it dangerous. I prefer not to live in a nanny state – thank you very much.

  • scooterreh

    I agree with the commentary on pools. Plus, lest we forget, this shooting took place in one of the most heavily regulated “gun control” states in the union. Right along with the people he stabbed and the ones he ran over with his car. Shall we ban cars and knives next, Bev? Why in the world do you people think “prohibition” with guns would work any better than booze or drugs? Get a clue, will you? It’s not the guns, it is the Liberal “it’s all about me” attitude that is so prevalent in this country. If I can’t have my way, I’m gonna throw a tantrum and kill a bunch of people! Nice job, parents, teaching your kids respect for others.

  • scooterreh

    And I feel bad for Mr. Martinez, but he is dead wrong. If his thought process was accurate, California would be the last place for this to occur. Where did his son get the gun? I have not heard.