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‘Stop This Madness!’: UCSB Victim’s Father Rails Against NRA

During a press conference on Saturday afternoon, the father of one of the victims killed in Friday evening’s UCSB shooting spree railed against politicians, the National Rifle Association, and the general “madness” that he believes led to the killing of his son.

Speaking about his 20-year-old deceased son, Richard Martinez told the press: “Our son Chris Martinez and six others are dead. Our family has a message for every parent out there: You don’t think it will happen to your child until it does.”

After explaining how beloved his son was, and how hurtful his loss is for the family, Martinez took aim at those he believes should be held responsible for the mass shooting:

Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. 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!” Too many have died. We should say to ourselves, “Not one more!”

Chris Martinez was one of seven people (including the perpetrator) killed in a series of shootings on Friday evening in Isla Vista, California. The suspect, Elliot Rodger, was found dead in his vehicle after a brief police chase.

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