Richard Martinez, the father of 20-year-old UCSB shooting victim Christopher Martinez, gave a heartbreaking speech at a press conference this afternoon.
"Our son Chris Martinez and six others are dead," 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."
He went on:
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. 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!"