The father of Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez is once again speaking out against gun rights supporters and guns in general, even while not saying a word against knives or any of the other factors that lead to the shooter’s killing spree.
This is the father of one of the victims, not the father of the shooter who also has blamed the NRA and other gun groups for what happened Friday night.
In a video statement not only did Martinez go after gun groups and say that no one needs to own 3 semi-automatic handguns, but he also compared owning a firearm to owning a nuclear weapon. Because they are obviously in the same category.
While I agree with the statement that you can be emotional and rational at the same time, there is no rational thinking in statements like these that blame guns, gun owners, and gun groups, while forgetting that 3 people were stabbed to death by a crazed killer who also shot and killed 3 in a gun free zone in a gun control state.
Here is part of the statement made in the above video:
The gun lobby will no doubt characterize my statement yesterday at the police station as the rantings of a grief-stricken parent. Hannah Arendt in her book on violence points out that it’s a bullsh*t argument. She observed that people can be both rational and emotional at the same time. Because I’m emotional, it doesn’t mean that what I say is irrational. Nobody needs to own three semi-automatic handguns. It doesn’t make sense. We don’t let people have nuclear bombs in their basements. Why? Because it’s too dangerous.
We don’t think there’s a magic cure for the problem of gun violence in America. The solution to the problem of gun violence in America, will take a lot of people working on different aspects of the problem: mental health, violence and the intimidation of women. Our son was killed, but we haven’t lost sight of the fact that the shooter’s anger was directed at young women. What happened has become another shameful part of a 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 the responsibility to look out for other people. We all need to look out for each other’s children.
California is one of a few anti-gun states that bans magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. The state also has strict universal background checks and many types of semi-automatic guns are banned completely.
On top of all that the state uses medical health records to build a database of those who are prohibited from buying or owning a firearm and the state actively confiscates weapons from individual’s on the list.
None of the proposed gun control laws would have stopped the killer’s rampage, but there are MANY other factors that could have.
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