Isla Vista Shooting Victim's Father And Other Survivors Rally In DC To Say 'Not One More'
After Richard Martinez's son was killed in the Isla Vista shooting and stabbing rampage last month, the father's "Not One More" anti-gun violence message has reverberated all the way to Washington, D.C. He joined other survivors of the Newtown, Aurora, Tucson and Virginia Tech shootings today at the National Press Club to spread their message.
“This is a country that prides itself on solutions," Martinez said in a press release. "What could be more important than taking care of our kids? It’s obscene, it’s intolerable, and I will fight every day for the rest of my life to hold the people we send to Congress accountable because if it could happen to my family, it could happen to anyone’s."
Martinez spoke to the media the next day outside of the Santa Barbara sheriff's headquarters about the need for stronger gun laws. "We should say to ourselves, ‘Not one more!'" he said.
Earlier this month, Martinez met up with Rodger's father to talk about how to prevent future incidents like these. Photos were recently released showing the two grieving fathers embracing one another in solidarity.
Martinez recently urged everyone to send a postcard to elected officials with the words "Not One More" written on it. The Everytown For Gun Safety group launched a grassroots campaign taking his call for action a step further and built a web-sharing tool where people could sign up online, and in turn the group would deliver postcards on their behalf to each individual's U.S. House representative, two U.S. Senators and governor. More than 600,000 folks signed up, which means over 2.4 million postcards will be delivered. Martinez will deliver the postcards to Arizona Senator Jeff Flake on Friday, according to Everytown.
The campaign went viral and also had some support from celebrities and politicians, including Julianne Moore, posting up photos of themselves on social media holding up signs with the "#NotOneMore" hashtag:
Martinez told the Wall Street Journal that he didn't know that Everytown would build that online campaign around his words, but he was "sure glad they did."