Three students at the University of California Santa Barbara have been named as victims of the heinous drive-by shooting that took place Friday evening. The victims named are 20-year-old Chris Martinez, a sophomore, and Delta Delta Delta sorority sisters Veronika Weiss,19, and Katie Cooper, 22.
The father of Chris Martinez gave an emotional and damning speech at a press conference Saturday.
“Our son Christopher and six others are dead,” Richard Martinez said. “You don't think it'll happen to your child until it does.”
“Why did Chris die?” continued Richard Martinez. “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?”
Chris was on his way to a grocery store when he was killed.
Before Richard succumbed to tears and fell to his knees leaving the podium he said, “We should say to ourselves: "Not! One! More!"
The deadly shooting has caused a stir politically, with critics on the left calling for stronger gun control legislation, reports the Daily Mail.
Director Michael Moore, who made the documentary Bowling for Columbine about the 1999 school shooting in Ohio, released a statement on his Facebook page that contains alarming commentary how events such as these have become “part of normal American life” and that “the gun, not the eagle, is our true national symbol.”
“We are a people easily manipulated by fear which causes us to arm ourselves with a quarter BILLION guns in our homes that are often easily accessible to young people, burglars, the mentally ill and anyone who momentarily snaps,” Moore wrote.
Moore concluded his statement with an ominous premonition.
“Rest assured this will all happen again very soon,” Moore wrote.
Salon reports that police have confirmed the gunman was 22-year-old Santa Barbara City College student Elliot Roger. Seven people including Roger were killed, and 11 injured, during the drive-by shooting that took place in Isla Vista, near the University of California, Santa Barbara.