Richard Martinez, the father of one of the last victims to be shot in the Santa Barbara shootings on Friday, says that his son died because congress failed to act in response to the mass shootings in Connecticut. Martinez also speaks about the controversy over gun laws. He says that gun advocates have only been focusing on American’s rights to own guns, but they completely overlook other people’s rights to a full, safe life; in other words, his son’s right to live.
The NRA is one of the other groups directly targeted for blame by Martinez for his son’s death. And according to NBC News reports, the NRA has remained silent on the California shootings so far.
Martinez says, “Similar shooting rampages will continue until lawmakers take action on guns."
The shooter, Elliot Rodger, has been in therapy since he was nine, and he has already been reported to the police before for his sadistic rantings on YouTube — and yet he was able to purchase three semi-automatic handguns. Rodger's YouTube videos have officially been taken down today, in addition to some of his other online profile sites.
Whether or not Rodger would have still been able to commit such a media frenzied killing with stricter gun laws of course is unknown, but debatable. Three people were still fatally stabbed by Rodger before his use of handguns. And from the sound of his YouTube video and manifesto, his intentions were to kill whether he had access to guns or not.
Rodgers access to money may also have not been able to minimize his chances of getting access to guns, but as the saying goes, anything helps.
PoliticalTicker reports yesterday that Senator Richard Blumenthal is pushing congress to revisit (and reconfigure) the gun law bills that failed to pass senate last year to more appropriately center on passing a mental health background check.
What does a mental health background check mean? If you have a history of seeking therapy for certain listed conditions, then you don’t qualify? Or is it that you take a mental health test before qualifying for a gun purchase? Or is this still to be determined?
While passing a mental health background check before purchasing guns may add some difficulty to gun access, we know that it wont completely eradicate all future instances of gun violence, or the desire to kill in general for that matter.
There is never a winner or a loser in the debate of gun control. While the issue of guns being so easily accessible is one fight, the other battle to be mulled over is the fact that murder seems to be a go-to resolve for self-relief. Can that issue really be resolved or truly spotted early on? So many friends of the attacker of most any murder (or crime) case are often quoted as being “surprised” by the assailant’s actions - and these are reportedly said by people that “know” the person who committed the crime.
In this particular case, it was said that the police were notified of Rodger’s sadistic video - therefore this would have been one instance that could have otherwise been potentially avoided if the gun laws were stricter.
With ‘murder’ being a ‘go-to’ relief for young people, if it’s not the NRA getting attacked for advocating rights to gun access, it’s the argument of video games “desensitizing” murder, and/or maybe even the media sensationalizing murder as an added opportunity for the whole public to “feel sorry for what they (the bullies) have done.”
In one of Rodger's YouTube videos (which police were notified about) Rodger announced his intent to kill a year before the killings occurred. So perhaps another issue yet to be discussed is that an “intent to murder” threat is not taken as seriously as other ‘life-taking’ threats such as terrorism, school shootings and airline bomb threats. Remember the 14-year-old girl who was apprehended in Holland for “jokingly” tweeting a threat to a U.S. airline?