Father of Santa Barbara Victim: Gun Control Will Make My 'Son's Death Mean Something'

Father of Santa Barbara Victim: Gun Control Will Make My 'Son's Death Mean Something'

Richard Martinez, father of Santa Barbara victim Christopher Michaels-Martinez, is launching a nationwide push for gun control and claims its passage will make his “son’s death mean something.” 

According to The Des Moines Register, Martinez said the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary “didn’t affect [him].” Because of that, he views himself as “responsible” for his son’s death in Santa Barbara. And he believes Americans at large share in the guilt: “All of those kids died and none of us did anything.”

So he is launching a gun control campaign.

Martinez says he does not yet know how the gun control bill will look, but “it must include background checks on all gun sales”–the background checks Elliot Rodger passed to buy his three guns in California. 

For now he is going to Des Moines, Nashville, Tallahassee, and Harrisburg, Pa, “armed with postcards written by Americans pledging to only vote for candidates who support laws to reduce gun violence.”

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