|A photo from our last summer at UCSB - We Stand With You|
On Friday night a 22 year old student went on a rampage and killed six students and injured 13 in the Isla Vista at the University of California, Santa Barbara. For the past ten summers, we have stayed at the UCSB with six other families. In Isla Vista, right where the killings took place. How can anyone talk about the "right" to have a gun? We don't want to hear it. No More Guns.
My friend Katie wrote this piece about the absolute devastation just one gun can wreck in a family: "My father took his life with a rifle...My father who danced with me at my wedding and held my newborn sons with his calloused hands."
Recently we went to dinner at a friend's house down the road in Oakland. Outside were flowers and photos of a very handsome young football player. An 18 year, a wonderful kid according to my friends, he had worked for them when he was younger, doing yard work and chores around the house. He had been shot dead a few days beforehand by one of his best friends, right there on the footpath. They were having an argument about a girlfriend and in the heat of the moment his friend pulled out a gun and shot him point blank. The young man's mother stands there every day weeping, trying to make sense of the senseless.
Richard Martinez, the heartbroken father of young Christopher Michaels-Martinez, who was slain in the Isla Vista rampage said, “I don’t care about your sympathy. I don’t give a shit that you feel sorry for me. Get to work and do something. I’ll tell the president the same thing if he calls me. Getting a call from a politician doesn’t impress me.... Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: Not one more.”