May 24, 2014 10:28 pm
Updated: August 21, 2014 2:38 pm

Father of California shooting victim blasts politicians, NRA for son’s death


The father of a student who was killed in a shooting rampage in Santa Barbara blasted politicians and the NRA in an emotional speech.

Richard Martinez said his son Christopher Martinez, a 20-year-old student at the University of California Santa Barbara, was one of those killed in a shooting and stabbing spree that left seven people dead, including the gunman.

“Our family has a message for every family out there. You don’t think it will happen to your child, until it does,” Martinez said, holding back tears. “His death has left our family lost and broken.”

Martinez made his speech outside a sheriff’s department and directed his anger towards the National Rifle Association (NRA).

“Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say stop this madness,” Martinez said.

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Martinez said he talked to his son just 45 minutes before he was shot and killed in the rampage.

Police have identified Elliot Rodger, 22, as the suspect in the shooting. He was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head.


Investigators are analyzing a YouTube video posted Friday night that appears to show Rodger detailing his plans for a mass shooting to “take his revenge against humanity.”


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