Grieving dad of U.C. Santa Barbara shooting victim rails against politicians

Richard Martinez, 61, lost his only child. He says he's mad, but very rational when he demands new gun laws

By Glenn Selig
Posted on May 27, 2014 - 12:40pm

ISLA VISTA, Calif. (  

VICTIM'S FATHERHe was the only child of Richard Martinez, 61.

Twenty-year-old Chris Martinez wanted to be a lawyer just like his dad. In fact he planned to study abroad in London and then go off to law school.

But in a split second, his life ended.

And his dad’s world changed forever.

A fellow U.C. Santa Barbara student pained and in despair because he couldn’t get a girl and was still a virgin, opened fire, shooting three people including Chris. He then turned the gun on himself.

“Where is the leadership? Where is the friggin’ politicians that will stand up and say, ‘We need to do this. We’re gonna do something,'” he told CNN in an interview. “Those gutless bastards did nothing. And my son died because of it. And it’s outrageous. Absolutely outrageous.”

Martinez also told CNN that he was madder than hell that lawmakers had done nothing to change the law since the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings in Connecticut in December 2012.

Martinez said his son died because of that inaction.

Congress tried to pass stricter federal gun laws earlier this year. But the efforts failed to pass the U.S. Senate.

“Those parents lost little kids. It’s bad enough I lost my 20 year old. I had 20 years with my son,” he screamed as he wept. “That’s all I’ll ever have. Those people lost their little 6- and 7-year-olds. How do you think they feel? And who’s talking to them now? Who’s doing anything for them now?”

The pressure is again on Congress.

“When anyone, no matter their mental health or history, can so easily obtain any gun they want and as many as they want—we must recognize there is a problem,” says Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). “Unfortunately the NRA continues to have a stranglehold on Congress, preventing even commonsense measures like universal background checks that have overwhelming support. Americans need to rise up and say enough is enough. Until that happens, we will continue to see these devastating attacks. Shame on us for allowing this to continue.”

Richard Martinez said he’s speaking out at this amazingly difficult time to make sure America understands the depth of loss for him and other parents.

“People need to understand that real people died here.”

Glenn Selig

Glenn Selig is a dad of two, the founder & publisher of Daddyhood and He is also president/CEO of Selig Multimedia, Inc.