After his son was killed during a deadly rampage in Santa Barbara, Calif., over the weekend, Richard Martinez made national news.
He made his way to the front of the cameras after a sheriff office press conference on Saturday, and delivered a stunning and emotional indictment of the National Rifle Association.
“Why did Chris die?” he screamed. “Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live?”
During interviews in the intervening days, Martinez has talked about his son, Christopher Michaels-Martinez. With The Los Angeles Times, he talked about how his son loved to argue and how he was such a determined athlete that his team of four beat a team of eight in a junior high school game.
He told The Washington Post that he hoped to meet with Peter Rodger, father of alleged killer Elliot, to come up with a plan to keep this from happening again.
“I’ve been told that the shooter’s father has said he wanted to devote his life to making sure that doesn’t happen again. I share that with him,” Martinez told the paper. “He’s a father. I’m a father. He loved his son. I love my son. His son died. My son died.”