Richard Martinez , a grieving father of one of the victims of the recent Santa Barbara mass shooting, offered his explanation for who was to blame for his son’s death:
Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. 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 do not have to live like this. Too many people have died. We should say to ourselves, “Not. One. More.”
I feel bad for this guy. I really do. But his argument is invalid. It’s based entirely on his emotional response to a terrible event. Let him tell the grieving mothers of Chicago that gun control measures work. They don’t.
I’m sad that anyone had to die because of the self-obsessed piece of work that flew around in his BMW shooting at people with legally purchased guns. But what do the NRA or “craven” politicians have to do with that? How many more people would die if no one had guns legally?
If you really need to blame anyone other than the idiot who actually pulled the trigger, why not blame the people that actually influenced this young man’s attitude of entitlement and self-obsession: his parents, for one. And the culture of Hollywood.
Few people are reporting on the fact that the shooter’s father was the second unit director for The Hunger Games. A Hollywood insider. The family had apparently called police multiple times to ask them to check on the shooter. The family was worried about the shooter’s mental health.
Do you understand how ridiculous that is? The family called the police to check up on their boy. That’s not the job of the civil government, is it? I guess it is if you’re from Hollywood. It’s the civil government’s job to take care of everything.
Ironically, the very attitude that compelled Richard Martinez to cry out for gun control is the attitude that created the shooter in the first place. An attitude that refuses to take personal responsibility. That refuses to work out anything voluntarily.
This is the attitude that idolizes children, promises them the moon and stars, buys them shiny black BMWs, sends them to schools beyond their educational capacity, fills them with a false and inflated self-image, teaches them instant gratification, and then moans for the civil government to intervene when one of these little brats starts shooting the others.
What did you expect? The shooter had a post-pubescent body and a K-5 mind: he was a whiny narcissistic sniveler upset that the world couldn’t care less about his petulant selfie vlog. And he was going to get revenge that the world his parents promised wasn’t the world he had actually gotten. He had graduated from nanny-nanny-boo-boos to semi-automatic pistols. But his heart was still as petulant as a toddlers. A perfect product of Hollywood.