Richard Martinez, the father of Santa Barbara shooting victim Christopher Michael-Martinez, gave an emotional interview to CNN yesterday, slamming the politicians who have failed to pass stricter gun control laws.
According to RawStory.com, Martinez mentioned the inaction of lawmakers since the 2012 elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. (video below).
"Have we learned nothing? These things are going to continue until somebody does something," Martinez told CNN. "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, and what do they do? They don't take care of our kids. My kid died because nobody responded to what happened at Sandy Hook."
In response, Samuel Wurzelbacher (aka Joe The Plumber) wrote an unsolicited, open letter to Martinez and the other families who lost loved ones during the shooting spree last Friday night by Elliot Rodger, whom Wurzelbacher suggested was an "Obama voter."
Wurzelbacher lectured the grieving families on BarbWire.com:
I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now.
As harsh as this sounds – your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.
Richard Martinez, whose son (Christopher) was among the murdered, choked back tears at a news conference, blaming politicians the next day: “The talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live?” Martinez said – and much more.
There are no critical words for a grieving father. He can say whatever he wants and blame whoever he’d like – it’s okay by me. You can’t take a step in his shoes – at least I can’t.
But the words and images of Mr. Martinez blaming “the proliferation of guns”, lobbyists, politicians, etc., will be exploited by gun-grab extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence and the mentally ill by the anti-Second Amendment Left.
We still have the Right to Bear Arms and I intend to continue to speak out for that right, and against those who would restrict it – even in the face of this horrible incident by this sad and insane individual. I almost said “Obama Voter” but I’m waiting for it to be official.
After claiming Martinez has the right to speak out, Wurzelbacher told him to "back off":
Mr. Martinez and anyone calling for more restrictions on American’s rights need to back off and stop playing into the hands of the folks who merely capitalize on these horrific events for their own political ends.