Shooting Victim’s Father Slams ‘Idiots’ in Congress, Asks ‘Have We Learned Nothing’ Since Newtown? (Video)

Image via CNN.com

Image via CNN.com

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:


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • The world needs more people like Joe Martinez. I hope he turns his anger and energy into something positive and fights for useful gun legislation.

    • Bine646

      I hope he directs his anger to those who deserve it. Wasnt Elliot evaluated n deemed a wonderful human being? Thats where he should start his fight, not an organization which had no direct connection to Elliot.

      • You’re not following the facts. When the NRA successfully lobbies to oppose universal gun checks, that means anyone (NRA members or not) can get a gun without having their mental health looked at, without any kind of investigation into the number of times police have been called to a home for domestic violence, threats made in school or flippantly at work don’t become part of that report because there is no report. Elliot was not deemed wonderful – his parents were concerned but didn’t pull him from college because they didnt want to end whatever future they had hoped for him. They made him see therapists and his mother followed his digital life out of concern for his mental stability, but he was an adult living his own life and only the government and Elliot himself can be accountable for what he did since he was no longer a child being raised by mom and dad.

      • Bine646

        California firearm purchases are recorded by the DOJ. If the parents called the Police and medical professionals to evaulate their child out of fear that he would do this- wouldnt they check to see if he has purchased or owned any guns? Nope blame the NRA and their millions of members- its their fault

      • strayaway

        California has among the most stringent gun laws in the Country. California has also let much of its insane asylum population loose with drugs they are supposed to self administer going back to Reagan. California doesn’t even require drivers to get psychiatric background checks before issuing them licenses. Where did this privileged kid get the money for a BMW? Sounds like it could be a case of bad parenting. He couldn’t get what he wanted so he had a tantrum.

  • sfwm.son

    heartbreaking. and he’s right. it can be anyone, anytime and we just sigh and say “well, it wasn’t me or my kid.” and move on.

  • Peggy Fischer Kesler

    He is absolutely right….I am so sorry…..

  • Mickstertor

    It’s pessimistic to say this, I know, but if Sandy Hook couldn’t affect some sort of change, I don’t see how this incident will. The answer is to get people out there and voting in these mid-term elections. Vote out the NRA bitches who ignored public opinion in favor of their wallet.

    • Bine646

      Was Elliot a NRA member?

  • Nate

    I will play devil’s advocate and ask this question. What law on the books currently or that would be passed in the future would prevent this? He was clearly intent on hurting people and if he din’t buy the guns legally, he could bought them off the street. Even if we were to totally outlaw guns in the country, there are so many weapons that there will always be firearms available. People are blaming the gun and the NRA but this kids stabbed 3 kids to death, nobody is calling for a ban on knives or legislation to control knives. He also ran down people with his BMW, yet I have heard nobody call out the auto industry or BMW for producing such a dangerous item. This idiot kid killed those people, period. Put the blame where it belongs.

    • Sunnysmom

      I’m no big gun advocate, but I tend to agree with you where there’s a will there’s a way. Unless we link mental health treatment (I don’t know if he’d been committed or just seen a therapist) medical records to gun background checks, how could we have really prevented him from legally purchasing a weapon? I think we can do some things, but in reality we simply cannot save everyone from themselves. It’s a sad reality.

  • TripleMoon

    After the massacre at Columbine, high schools across the country banned long black trench coats – as if it was the black trench coat that murdered all those people. After a terrorist tried to board a plane with explosives in his shoes, all US citizens were required to remove their shoes when passing through airport security. Trench coats and shoes – both harmless. Guns on the other hand are used to kill things, but we are not allowed to ask for any restrictions. Crazy.