Richard Martinez: Devastated UCSB Victim’s Father Blames Congress

Tue, May 27, 2014 3:41pm EST by 19 Comments

Richard Martinez, the father of UCSB shooting victim Christopher Michael-Martinez, 20, has lashed out in an emotional interview at the ‘gutless’ American government. The devastated father blames congress for doing ‘nothing’ to regulate gun control after the Newton, Conn. shooting that claimed over 20 lives.

Following the untimely death of his son, Richard Martinez is sending a powerful message about how these senseless tragedies could have been avoided if the United States congress would finally start taking gun control more seriously. Richard often references the devastating 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., stating that the government would rather sit around and get rich than take care of America’s innocent children.

Richard Martinez: My Son Could Have Been Saved By Gun Regulation After Sandy Hook

This interview is heartbreaking to watch.

Richard, the father of 20-year-old Christopher Michael-Martinez, a student at the University of California Santa Barbara where he was killed by crazed gunman Elliot Rodger, has a powerful message for the parents of America.

Richard is absolutely livid with the United States government, and he claims that if they had done something after the awful tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School as they promised, his son may still be alive today.

“My kid died because nobody responded to what occurred at Sandy Hook. Those parents lost little kids. It’s bad enough that I lost my twenty-year-old, but I had twenty years with my son, but those people lost their children at six and seven-years-old, how do you think they feel?” Richard said during his emotional interview with CNN.

Richard’s interview is hard to watch, especially as he breaks down into tears as he berates the government for their lack of “leadership.”

“We’re all proud to be Americans. But what kind of a message does it send to the world when we have such a rudderless bunch of idiots in government?” Richard asked.

Richard Continues To Speak Out In Hopes Of Saving Others

As difficult as these interviews are for Richard, he is determined to speak out as much as he can to get his message across.

“They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live? When will this insanity stop? 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,” Richard said during a press conference on May 25. 

Not only has he called out the government for their failure to control and regulate guns in America, but he also wants to make sure that no one else ever has to feel the pain that he feels now.

“I can’t tell you how angry I am. It’s just awful, and no parent should have to go through this. No parent. To have a kid die because in this kind of a situation, what has changed? Have we learned nothing? These things are going to continue until somebody does something,” Richard said during his emotional interview.

Richard’s powerful message has made headlines, but will it work? Is change finally on the horizon?

Our thoughts are with Richard, his family, and the families of all of the victims of Elliot Rodger’s murderous rampage on Friday, May 23 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

– Lauren Cox

More UCSB Shooting News:

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  2. Elliot Rodger’s Parents ‘Crippled By Grief’ For Victims Of UCSB Shooting
  3. Elliot Rodger: UCSB Killer Planned To Murder Brother, 6 — Full Manifesto

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Posted at 12:58 AM on September 15, 2014  

As a US military veteran, I say to you, come and take them. There are 100 million privately owned firearms in America. On the day you start monkeying around with the US Constitution Bill of Rights and REMOVING things, where does it stop? First amendment, Second amendment, Fifth amendment, Sixth amendment?
We don’t trust oligarchs, masterminds, UN Secretary Generals, former Secretaries of State married to former Presidents, or ex Speakers of the House from San Francisco to look out for our Constitutional Rights………
I say to you……come and take them
Live free or die-motto of New Hampshire

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Posted at 12:42 AM on September 15, 2014  

Molon Labe
We’re sorry about the actions of your irresponsible offspring. By the way, when you come for our constitutional rights, bring extra ammo.

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American Mom

Posted at 10:06 AM on May 29, 2014  

Why don’t Pro Life activists picket gun shops? Oh yeah, they’re simultaneously demanding their right to own guns.

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Dr. David Taylor

Posted at 11:22 PM on May 28, 2014  

This the view from someone who does not live in the USA.
There can be no progress in controlling armed attacks on innocent people in America, until the Second Amendment to the Constitution is repealed.

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Posted at 12:49 AM on September 15, 2014  

Concerning repealing amendments to the US Constitution, the first 10 known as the Bills of Rights are inviolable. The only way we even have an America is the right to bear arms against tyranny of the British back in 1776. Our Founding Fathers wrote on this.
The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside… Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them….” (I Writings of Thomas Paine at 56 [1894])

“Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property…Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.” (Thomas Paine, Thoughts On Defensive War, 1775)

AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787.—The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 12, p. 356 (1955).

The personal property firearms rights of lawful US citizens are sacrosanct. We are not little men on an island like the British to just turn in our firearms to some tyrant King.
Come and take them

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Terry C

Posted at 1:03 PM on May 28, 2014  

California has over 100 very strict gun laws and ALL sales require background checks. We rely on an applicant wishing to buy a gun to truthfully answer the question about psychiatric care instead of having that information available to the DOJ when purchasing a gun. Knife owners, gun owners, the NRA, are not responsible for your loss. This is a better time to mourn our loss, not a time to grand stand your political view points.

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Posted at 7:44 AM on May 28, 2014  

Instead of railing on about gun control, you would think this father would be saying change the mental health LAWS. It is very difficult, if not almost impossible to get help for a person over the age of 18 – especially if they don’t want it.

A relative of a friend of mine tried to get help for her 20 year old son and it took over a year. The 72 hour ‘hold’ is a joke.

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joe blow

Posted at 7:38 AM on May 28, 2014  

This guy grief stricken or not is an idiot. If he would do his research before going on a tirade he would know that California has some of the nations strongest gun laws and that Elliot Rodger bought the guns from a federal dealer with background checks. If his son had been one of the victims stabbed to death what would have been his complaint then. He needs to shut the heck up already.

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Posted at 6:51 AM on May 28, 2014  

This poor man is going through the worst nightmare of his life. BUT….the reality is that all the gun control laws in the world wouldn’t prevent it. Unaddressed mental health issues are to blame. Gun laws are followed by the law-abiding citizens of a society. Do you think this very sick boy would have cared a bit about breaking a gun law? The black market gun supply is plentiful. The inexcusable part is that this boy’s family had the resources to get him help after what looks like years of troubles.

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Robert L

Posted at 11:57 PM on May 27, 2014  

This idiot needs to look in the mirror to see who killed his son. The boy had terrible mental problems, but his parents let him do whatever he wanted (as evidenced by his BMW) rather than get no privileges until he progressed with mental health care.

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Posted at 6:45 AM on May 28, 2014  

Um Robert L I Think you Made a mistake the angry father is the father of one of the victims his son christopher martinez was shoot by that EVIL Idiot! virgin killer Elliot Rodgers you should be mad at his father!

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Obama's Recession

Posted at 11:49 PM on May 27, 2014  

Obama and the Progressive Left are to blame for these deaths by constantly pushing liberal permissiveness–if it feels good, do it. If you don’t like someone, kill them, say Obama and the Progressive Left. Obama should be impeached for these murders, and Harry Reid and the heads of the liberal media should be put on trial!!!

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Posted at 10:29 PM on May 27, 2014  

This guy is angry and he has a right to be but it’s not just guns that are used it’s knives and other things..The point is that it’s not just guns that are killing it’s violence in people in general.The kids of today can’t deal with normal preasures and situations in the world.Now with cell phones and technology tons of kids don’t know how to be normal like talk to people,send thank you notes,hang out without texting,messaging or being on social media all the time.Every little thing seems like a big problem and kids can’t talk to no one to deal with stuff that is simple to fix.

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Posted at 6:25 PM on May 27, 2014  

Maybe if this guy had purchased a gun for his son, the kid could have been a hero that day. Instead, he was a victim of his father’s anti-self-defense ideology.

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Posted at 9:03 PM on May 27, 2014  

Self defense? Your “right to bear arms” in America is killing so many innocent people.
Follow Canada’s lead you fools. Look at the statistics…The wild west days are over. We are supposed to be civilized. It IS 2014.

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rusty shackleford

Posted at 11:25 AM on May 29, 2014  

Yeah, well we’re not Canada, and no one asked for your opinion, so STFU.

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Torch Corpses

Posted at 10:50 PM on May 31, 2014  

In Canada, when I was there, women are friendlier and treat men like human beings rather than walking suckers and human ATM’s like US women do. I seriously doubt a man in Canada would feel like Eliot Rodger did. Why would he? American women are the worst.

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Posted at 7:08 AM on May 28, 2014  

Do you not relaize that even if you have a gun, someone can shoot you from afar or from behind? It does no good if someone has a weapon that can kill you so quickly and from a distance. I wish people would stop saying things would be different if they had a gun. Nothing prepares you for this and things happen way too quickly,

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