Skip to comments.Shooting victimís father to Congress: Give me gun control, not sympathy
Posted on 05/28/2014 9:20:24 AM PDT by rktman
Richard Martinez grew up around guns, shooting birds out of the fruit trees on his familys farm. He later served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army before going on to become a criminal defense lawyer, at times representing the young and the violent.
Now, Martinez is a grieving father.
Hes asking members of Congress to stop calling him to offer condolences but nothing more for the death of his only child, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, who was killed in the rampage Friday in Santa Barbara, California.
I dont care about your sympathy. I dont give a s that you feel sorry for me, Richard Martinez said during an extensive interview, his face flushed as tears rolled down his face. Get to work and do something. Ill tell the president the same thing if he calls me. Getting a call from a politician doesnt impress me.
Saying we are all to blame for the death of his 20-year-old son, Martinez urged the public to join him in demanding immediate action from members of Congress and President Barack Obama to curb gun violence by passing stricter gun-control laws.
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If only one of his roommates had had a gun —
Confirms that Joe the plumber was right.
Screw that gun grabber.
When someone (supposedly) slashes your throat while you sleep it’s hard to defend yourself. My question is, were they drugged? I thought the event occurred fairly early in the evening. Why would all 3 be asleep at that time?
I’m confused. Didn’t his son die from stab wounds from a knife? I still don’t understand why he is angry at the NRA? The NRA didn’t put the knife in Elliots hands, did they?
Gun owner to Richard Martinez.
Grow up. Grow a pair. Put on your big girl panties. Go after the folks to blame for your kid’s death - Robert’s parents.
AND the gun and knife or the car (IIRC the scumbag ran over 1 or 2 of the deceased) is NOT the problem.
A loonytune P.O.S. was the problem!
Get the facts right Pedro...
His grievance does not outweigh my rights.
No, his son was shot at the convenience store. The three roomates had their throats cut while the were asleep. Odd eh?
Is this true.I don’t know?
sorry #11 wasn’t up yet
I want Martinez, or anyone in the Democrat/media establishment, to just come out and say it. Say that it's time for everyone in America to turn in their guns.
COME ON LEFTISTS, IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN!
Who knows what any of us would say at the horrific loss of our child, BUT...he sure had his talking points lined up awfully fast....Even in grief, an agenda prevails?
Half the victims were stabbed to death. Clearly we need knife control laws.
Playing right into the tyrants hands.
I would appreciate it if this man and his demon spawn son would stop attacking our civil rights.
We had nothing to do with the crimes you son committed.
But you did, because you made him.
You have no sympathy from me, and you will not have my civil rights either.
Shut up and go away.
I'm cutting the guy some slack, his son was brutally murdered a few days ago, he's in a state of extreme emotion and grief, and he wants to do something constructive to make sense of something incomprehensible. However, he has no idea how politicians are chomping at the bit to use him as we speak.
give Martinez a pass, he is out of his mind right now with grief and looking to make sense out of the senseless
it happens when you lose a kid in such a shocking and unfair way
However, our SHAMELESS liberal politicians need to STOP using grieving parents as poster children for their own anti 2d amendment agendas
Someone should eventually steer Martinez to a real cause- crusading for better mental health providers and services, accountability for their malpractice, and a law with the balls to identify psychopaths and commit them against their will for a thorough evaluation- then admit that some humans, even from childhood, do not deserve to walk free among the rest of us
I wonder how many psychos Martinez has set free on other parents, as a defense attorney?
You had gun control. What you needed was Son Control.
And if you try to take my guns from me, you’ll need a LOT of extra security....
What country can we export him to that has the gun control he desires?
I've avoided making comments earlier, because like you said - tragedies can affect people in different ways - but ... his son's body was barely cold and he was out making public political remarks. Rather than making funeral arrangements, mourning for the loss of his son, comforting his wife, and other loved ones -- he's out wrapping himself in the mantle of his son's blood and advocating government confiscation of firearms.
After mourning a few weeks, it would have made more sense for him to advocate that Government reduces the obstacles that put in front of our ability to exercise our 2nd Amendment rights and protect ourselves from the crazies and criminals. The guy comes off as someone with an agenda, and he's more than happy to use his son's death as a platform and a launching pad for his new 'career'.
Sounds to me like he is ginning up for a run for Congress.
He should forget his interest in being an anti-gun activist and instead figure out how he can help people with mental illness, which is what the kid suffered from.
Richard Martinez is NOT the father of Elliot Rodger. Martinez' son will killed at a deli, by Elliot Rodger.
Couldn’t we loose him also?
Sympathy for him as a grieving father, but absolutely no sympathy at all for him sloughing responsibility and waving his kid's bloody shirt.
Carolyn "Shoulder Thing" McCarthy (*) is retiring due to self-induced lung cancer, so they need a replacement.
(* Notwithstanding the fact that she smoked for 40 years, she blames asbestos. I swear, liberalism really is a mental illness!)
He keeps up with this public call for gun control and he will begin to lose empathy.
Not the perps dad. One of the victims dad. Who is a criminal-defense attorney. No doubt if the son he lost was not a victim, this asshat would have lined up to defend the perp if he hadn’d popped himself.
There’s a good chance his son would be alive today, if others had been armed. Now he wants to disarm all the others.
“....before going on to become a criminal DEFENSE lawyer”
All I needed to know to not bother reading nay further.
some states do have laws on knives...believe it or not.
Yep, from the first, he went straight to political message.
Remember what VT Senator Bernie Sanders said, “people die every day”.
As long as it’s just some old Veterans, no problem for good old Bernie.
What about drugs (SSRIs), Mr. Martinez?
OH, he’s criminal defense lawyer.
I get it.
Hey, grieving father.
“Grieve.” PRAY for your son’s soul.
That’s my suggestion.
No slack fom here.He needs to grieve and STFU
“Stop beating around the bush and support a total gun ban then.
I want Martinez, or anyone in the Democrat/media establishment, to just come out and say it. Say that it’s time for everyone in America to turn in their guns.”
But that would require intellectual honesty from the leftists. No matter what incremental gun control laws are passed in order to stop this sort of thing there will only be another eventually, followed by more disingenuous callers for yet more gun control, as has happened over the last thirty years, instead of addressing the real underlying cultural and social and mental illness causes.
Sadly, while such efforts can be obstructed and slowed down, given present trends I doubt this strategy can be stopped in the long term unless there is a real awakening, or revolution.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
And how will they blame the NRA when no guns are used?
The biggest mass killing school disaster;
Is anyone else sick of this guy..seriously, the moment I saw him on TV my libtard radar went off..he can’t grieve for his murdered son, instead he uses his son’s tragic death to push for a ban on guns..Hey Martinez..I got a message for you..SCREW YOU
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
What did I read lately? Your loss does not trump my COnstitutional rights?
I don’t blame the system, I blame the person(s). But then, I have a sane, rational mind.
for a democrat, nothing is more important than the ‘agenda’. All too often we see political visionaries dancing or campaigning on top of their ‘loved one’s’ coffin.
It is always the gun that did the crime, not some drug altered whack job.
This idiot does not sympathy, he wants gun control. He sacrificed his some to the cause and now he wants results. He is not interested in reducing violence, He wants guns eliminated. He knows the answer to the problem and it is settled science.
Sick sick sick people.
Screw Martinez. I’ve been out of my mind with grief at the death of my little brother. It never would have occurred to me to disarm people who the police have no obligation or ability to defend. I am sorry his son was murdered. I am sorry that gun free zones result in more deaths than necessary but I am not going to let Martinez and those like him make my family sitting ducks for predators.