After his son was gunned down in a mass shooting near the University of California Santa Barbara over the Memorial Day weekend, Richard Martinez declared, “not one more.”
More than 600,000 people have agreed to send that message to elected officials across the nation, and 3,300 postcards are scheduled for delivery at 10 a.m. today, July 2, 2014, to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.) in Morristown.
UC-Santa Barbara student Christopher Martinez, 20, was fatally shot in a delicatessen by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and injured 13 others before shooting himself on May 23.
Rodger, who had a long history of mental health issues, passed a background check to legally purchase the gun used in his rampage.
Less than a month before the killings, authorities had gone to his apartment to check on his welfare, after family members raised concerns about his expressions of violence on social media postings. But after speaking with Rodger, authorities left without searching the apartment— which was full of weapons and ammunition, according to a 137-page manifesto written by the killer.
Just before the spree, Rodger posted a YouTube video titled “Retribution,” laying out his plan to “slaughter” members of a sorority house.
In the aftermath of the killings, Christopher Martinez’ grieving father met with Elliot Rodger’s father.
And Richard Martinez told the media:
“Why did Chris die? 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?’ We don’t have to live like this! Too many have died. We should say to ourselves, ‘Not. One. More.'”