‘Not one more!’ chanted Richard Martinez, father of Christopher Michaels-Martinez, 20, who was the sixth victim of Elliot Rodger’s UCSB massacre on May 23, as he led a 20k rally for gun control at the university.
After 22-year-old Elliot Rodger opened fire on the University of California, Santa Barbara on May 23 and murdered six people and injured 13 others, the conversation has turned to the necessity for gun control, as it so often does when a horrible tragedy like this one occurs. Richard Martinez led a rally of 20,000 people at the Harder Stadium at UCSB in a call for gun control, leading the audience in a chant of “Not one more!”
Richard Martinez: Father Of Elliot Rodger Victim Demands Gun Control
“Too many people have died, and there should be not one more,” said Richard, according to NBC News. “How many more people are going to have to die in this situation before the problem gets solved?”
Police have revealed that Elliot “had legally obtained three semi-automatic handguns and still had 400 unspent rounds of ammunition when he shot himself to death in a shootout with deputies,” NBC News has reported, and it’s truly shocking that the lax gun control laws in California allowed this disturbed individual access to so much weaponry.
Richard Martinez: ‘How Many More People Are Going To Have To Die?’
Richard also read a statement from Cheng Yuan Hong‘s grieving family which read, “May we together create a peaceful world and let hatred be gone with the wind.”
At the rally, Richard revealed that his son, Christopher, had been planning on spending his junior year studying abroad in London before going to law school. So sad.
Our continued thoughts are with the families of the victims affected.
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— Amanda Mitchell