Santa Barbara Shooting Victim's Dad Takes Stand on Gun Violence

Richard Martinez's son, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, died in Friday's shooting rampage in California.
4:34 | 05/27/14

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First we wish the other families. Who lost their loved ones could be here today. Including the Rogers family. We all us people we -- on Friday night. Christopher Ross Michaels Martinez. Was born December -- 31983. In San Luis Obispo California. His mother Karen Michaels. Who's here today. We're so tired after eighteen hours of labor that she was falling asleep between contractions. Karen was 44 years old. Viewers -- only child. -- -- -- -- This morning I asked Christopher's grandmother what she would say if she could be here. And she said. Chris was the most wonderful boy in the world. And yes he was. His cousin Jamie's here. And loved Christopher very much Christopher loved him like a brother and if he could -- a -- -- to risk his. -- Just like to -- Chris was the most compassionate. Gifted. Person and our families devastated by this loss. We appreciate. Mr. -- statement. That he wanted to dedicate his life to making sure that this doesn't happen again and that's something that we share. He's a father and I'm a father. We both lost sons that we love it. The gun lobby will no doubt characterized my statement yesterday at the police station. As the ran things of the grief stricken parents. And the aren't in her book on violence. Points out that it's -- (%expletive) argument. She observed that people can be both rational and emotional at the same time. Because -- emotional. It doesn't mean that I what I what I say is irrational. Nobody needs to alone three semi automatic handguns. It doesn't make sense. We don't they let people have new killer bombs in their basements. Why it. Because it's too dangerous. We don't think there's a magic cure. For the problem of gun violence in America. This solution. To the problem of gun violence in America we'll take a lot of people working on different aspects. Of the problem. Mental health. Violence and intimidation of women. Our son was killed. But we have -- lost sight of the fact that the shooters anger was directed -- young women. What happened has become. -- another. Shameful barge. History of violence against women and needs to be addressed. When people talk. About their rights. They don't talk about the responsibilities. They don't talk about their responsibility. To look out for other people. We all need to look out for each other's children. David colon who researched and wrote about the Columbine tragedy. Has suggested to solutions to the -- this kind of violence. First. Drastically limit the use of the killer's name. Second. Don't show the -- -- and videos. Using the killer's name and image plays into the killer's desires and encourages others to seek the same kind of the tension. We need to understand why Chris died. So we can do something about it. But the media needs to understand. I'm sorry the media needs to do their job. In a way that doesn't give angry people. Who are thinking about violence. What they want.

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