Christopher Michael-Martinez was one of those killed in the University of California Santa Barbara shooting on May 23. The next day his angry grief-stricken father, Richard, said to the media:
“Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the N.R.A. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness; we don’t have to live like this?’ Too many have died. We should say to ourselves: not one more.”
Please, please read The New Yorker’s “Christopher Michael-Martinez’s father gets it right” and you’ll understand why I agree, why any rational person should agree. The author, Adam Gopnik, explains it so much better than I could or ever have; I’m only posting this to echo his words:
Yes, I heard Chris’s dad. He’s right.