California mass shooting spurs new gun control legislation


The father of one of the students killed in the University of California, Santa Barbara mass shooting last week furiously pleaded with US lawmakers to resist pressure from lobby groups and enact gun laws that could prevent similar incidents in the future.Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher Michaels-Martinez was one of Friday’s six victims of a shooting and stabbing rampage, delivered an impassioned speech Tuesday evening at a candlelight vigil in which he led the crowd in a chant of “not one more.” He made it clear that he, like other parents, put blame on lawmakers and the National Rifle Association for actively obstructing laws that would stop mentally ill Americans from being able to legally obtain a firearm.“Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA,” Martinez said. “They talk about gun rights, but what about Chris’ rights to live? When will this insanity stop?”

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