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Richard Martinez: Devastated UCSB Victim’s Father Blames Congress

Tue, May 27, 2014 3:41pm EDT by Lauren Cox 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

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