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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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