By Martin Lamarque
The NRA might have found its matchUploaded: May 28, 2014
Thanks to our collective cowardice, and the infinite corruption of the Republican Party, six more kids have seen their lives cut short by senseless violence. Brought to us by the most retrograde rules around the acquisition and ownership of weapons in the developed world.
As it is traditional after one of these tragedies, a few will voice outrage, most will just shrug their shoulders and change the channel to the next game or show in their eternal search for numbness, while too many will irrationally defend their right to impose a barbaric society on the rest of us and while at it, take advantage of one more opportunity to go buy more weapons and ammunition.
Have we no shame? Massacre after massacre we wake up the next morning to just expect the next one, likely very soon, and perhaps with a bigger number victims. When did we cross the threshold that allowed us to see 20 kids slaughtered like game, and in the following weeks just watch the politicians get more comfortable in the bed they share with the profiteers of this carnage?
But you never know. We might have just met the man whose pain for losing his 20 year old son in Isla Vista will finally force us to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what were we thinking when we allowed a fringe group like the NRA to have the grotesque influence to elect so many shameless and cruel politicians? Again, mostly Republicans .
Meet Richard Martinez, father of Christopher Michaels-Martinez, one of the 6 students killed in last week's rampage. He hasn't minced words in calling things by their real name. He knows and remind us that if politicians had been looking after the people's interests, not complying with the NRA's agenda, his son and many others would still be with their families.
"My kid died because nobody responded to what occurred at Sandy Hook," Martinez said. "Those parents lost little kids. It's bad enough that I lost my 20-year-old, but I had 20 years with my son. That's all I will ever have, but those people lost their children at 6 and 7 years old. How do you think they feel? And who's talking to them now? Who's doing anything for them now?"
In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday, Martinez said that members of Congress have reached out to him to express their sympathy but that he doesn't want to hear it.
"Don't call me and tell me you're sorry about my son's death," Martinez said. "I don't want to hear it from you. ... I don't care if you're sorry about my son's death. You go back to Congress, and you do something."
Of course they won't.
You, Mr. Martinez, will have to keep reminding the idling majority that what is good for the NRA, is bad for everyone else; and we better do something about it.
About a local ordinance to rein in handguns like the one supported by Sunnyvale Mayor Tony Spitaleri to start with?
Menlo Park Council, are you ready to push for something meaningful?