After the recent mass shooting in California, the issue of gun violence in this country has been a hotly debated topic once again. Though I can’t imagine anything being done about it this time considering we’ve done absolutely nothing since the Newtown massacre that happened well over a year ago, or the Aurora massacre before that, or… the list goes on and on.
But since this shooting Richard Martinez, father of one of the victims, has been extremely vocal about his anger toward gun nuts, the NRA and our government.
“He’s our only child and he died on Friday. I’m 61 years old now. I’ll never have another child and he’s gone,” Martinez said in an interview with CNN. “So the reason I’m doing this is to try to see if we can do anything to make my son’s death mean something. Because that’s all we have got.”
When asked about the inaction by Congress since the Newtown massacre, Martinez had some very choice words for our nation’s lawmakers. “What kind of message does it send to the world when we have such a rudderless bunch of idiots in government?” he asked. “I can’t tell you how angry I am, it’s just awful!”
Though he got even more heated as the interview with CNN went on:
“What has changed? Have we learned nothing? These things are going to continue until somebody does something, so where the hell is the leadership? Where the hell are these people we elect to Congress that we spend so much money on? These people are getting rich sitting in Congress, what do they do? They don’t take care of our kids.
My kid died because nobody responded to what happened at Sandy Hook. Those parents lost little kids. It’s bad enough that I lost my 20-year-old, but I had 20 years with my son, that’s all I’ll have. But those people lost their children at six and seven years old. How do you think they feel? And who’s talking to them now? Who is doing anything for them now? Who is standing up for those kids that died back then in an elementary school? Why wasn’t something done? It’s outrageous!”
The point he’s making is clear and painfully true. It’s inexcusable following these shootings that our lawmakers in Congress continue to do nothing to try to combat the very real problem of gun violence in America.
Even something as simple as universal background checks (supported by over 80% of Americans) couldn’t get passed in Congress because of Republican loyalty to the gun lobby which constantly uses fear and propaganda to oppose any form of regulations on gun purchases.
Martinez is absolutely right. It’s ridiculous that in this country we continue to sit idly by and do absolutely nothing while thousands of people die every year due to gun violence.
What’s the answer to help reduce gun violence in this country? I’m not completely sure. I don’t think there’s any quick solution for a problem that’s deeply entrenched in our society. But I can tell you this much, more guns sure as hell isn’t it – and that’s pretty much the only answer gun nuts and the NRA ever offer.
Watch Mr. Martinez’s emotional interview, via CNN: