While I understand the grief and anguish the families are suffering, I do not see how they can possibly blame this on the gun used and the NRA. Rodger also stabbed three people so where is the outrage over the knife? Do they really think taking guns away from people who buy them legally and register them as is required will stop violent, insane people from committing these horrific crimes? Why not blame the police who were warned about Rodgers dangerous state of mind; why not blame the therapists who must have know he was on the verge of a murderous rampage… but of course not, lets blame the gun, an inanimate object.
This is a horrible and unfortunate tragedy but stricter gun laws will not stop crazy people or criminals from acquiring guns, it will only infringe on law abiding citizens Constitutional rights to bare arms.
The distraught father of Christopher Martinez who was among the victims killed in a shooting rampage near a California university was overcome with grief and rage Saturday as he described his ‘lost and broken’ family and the proliferation of guns he believes led to his son’s death. Martinez choked back tears as he spoke, then grew angrier as he talked about gun laws and lobbyists.
Richard Martinez, father of Christopher Martinez, who was shot at University of California, Santa Barbara, breaks down in tears as he talks to the media at the Santa Barbara Sheriff Headquarters
‘Our son Christopher and six others are dead,’ Richard Martinez told reporters gathered outside a sheriff’s station for a news conference the day after the shootings near the University of California, Santa Barbara, where the 20-year-old son was a sophomore, ‘You don’t think it’ll happen to your child until it does.’
Richard Martinez went on to say that he blamed, ‘craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA,’ for his son’s death. In his statement about the death of his son, Richard Martinez said: ‘Our family has a message for every parent out there. You don’t think it will happen to your child until it does, ‘Chris was a really great kid. Ask anyone who knew him. His death has left our family lost and broken, ‘Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA.’
Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, was the sixth person killed byElliot Rodger before he shot and killed himself
The aunt of British born murderer Elliot Rodger made a passionate appeal to Obama and the US authorities to ‘Stop the slaughter’.
Jenni Rodger, 55, who lives in south west France, said: ‘He was a sick kid – somebody who was seriously mentally disturbed – and yet he was able to get hold of guns.’
Rodger had legally purchased two Sig Sauers like the one pictured right and a Glock 34
Deputies found three semi-automatic handguns with 400 unspent rounds in his black BMW. All were purchased legally and registered. Rodger had three semi automatic handguns; a Glock 34 and two Sig Sauer P226s, as well as more than 400 rounds of ammo when he died.