I was sent a video recently by MoveOn.org that moved me to tears. In it, the father of a victim of the shooting rampage at the University of California, Santa Barbara was interviewed. Please watch it.
About the interview (from MoveOn.org):
A shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus killed six and injured many more. Watch this gut-wrenching video of Richard Martinez, whose son was killed in the UC Santa Barbara mass shooting. We want to get this video in front of every staffer on Capitol Hill in Washington, and every state legislator around the country.
In the midst of his overwhelming grief, Mr. Martinez has the courage, the strength, and the moral clarity to call out our national leaders for their total failure to take action to stop gun violence.
Gun violence in this country is an epidemic. And unbelievably, it’s actually getting worse. It seems that almost everyday there is another shooting, the most recent being in Las Vegas just this past Sunday, June 8th.
Jerad Miller and his wife, Amanda, fatally shot two police officers eating lunch in a pizzeria in Las Vegas on Sunday.
They left a swastika insignia on the body of one police officer and covered the two bodies with a Gadsden flag — a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words “Don’t Tread on Me.” Then they stormed into a nearby Wal-Mart as Jerad Miller shouted an anti-government message, and Amanda Miller killed a man who confronted them, police said. The couple died inside the Wal-Mart as law enforcement closed in. Police say Amanda, 22, shot her husband several times before turning the gun on herself.
These acts are beyond senseless, and it’s difficult to understand why a couple would kill two police officers, then themselves, in order to perhaps send some warped, misguided message to the world.
Just as senseless is our government’s response to each of these events. Many believed that the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was the tipping point in which the US government would finally start to reassess it’s policies on gun regulation. But alas, that never quite happened, as the National Rifle Association and its allies quickly thwarted almost every attempt made to reign in the availability and bullet capacity of guns.
MoveOn.org hopes that when politicians are sent the video of the father’s interview, they’ll watch it and be confronted with the immorality of their inaction and start reconsidering their current positions on gun control legislation.
I hope so, too, for the sake of each and every past and future victim of guns.