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New California Gun Law the First of Its Kind in the U.S.

Good job, Richard Martinez and Peter Rodger.

You might remember the names, or they might sound familiar. In May 2014, Christopher Martinez was killed by Elliot Roger in a spree that took the lives of 6 others and wounded 13. Family members of Isla Vista killer, Elliot Rodger, had reported their concerns to Santa Barbara law enforcement after the 22-year-old posted videos of himself threatening violence online. In response, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies visited Rodger’s apartment just three weeks before the murders and performed a police procedure known as a “welfare check.” The deputies found Elliot to be polite and amenable.

The deputies did not know then that Elliot legally owned three handguns, nor had they viewed the threatening videos that Elliot made.

Richard Martinez, Christopher’s dad, was very vocal about gun violence, saying:

“Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say stop this madness? We should say to ourselves, not one more.”

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Two Dads Meet – Peter Rodger and Richard Martinez

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Richard Martinez and Peter Rodger

Peter Rodger’s son, Elliot, went on a shooting spree, taking the lives of 6 people on May 24, 2014.  Elliot wrote angry pieces and taped YouTube videos talking about violence, murder, and his hatred of blonde White women for rejecting him. Among those Elliot killed was 20-year old Christopher Martinez.

Christopher’s dad, Richard, was very vocal about gun violence. Read the rest of this entry

Focus: Two Organizations For Gun Control

Women Against Gun Violence

Women Against Gun ViolenceThis organization, located in Los Angeles, CA, is a great nationwide resource for finding other activist groups and organizations against gun violence.

Founded in 1993, it educates the public, policymakers and the media about the human, financial and public health consequences of gun violence.

Online is a list of its newsletters. You can read the latest edition: WAGV_Newsletter_March_18_2014.

I found the newsletters informative. For example, I did not know that the NRA had filed cases before the Supreme Court of the United States and that they were not heard.

They also have an In Memoriam page where people can send KoretzGunViolencephotos of family or friends whose lives were taken by a gun.

Women Against Gun Violence also has a Youtube Channel with a series of everyday people titled “We Stand.”

 

Moms Demand Action

Moms Demand Action currently has a petition telling Target to put their customers’ safety first. You can see and/or sign it here.

Congresswomen+Join+Mom+Activist+Group+Call+cU6g7GlIavUlMoms Demand Action currently has a petition telling Target to put their customer’s safety first. You can see and/or sign it here.

Moms Demand Action is a fairly new organization, founded on December 15, 2012 by Shannon Watts, a former communications executive, in Indianapolis, the day after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Under their “Action” tab is a list that among other things, provides moms Sybrina Fultonquick tweets and emails to any member of Congress, in addition to becoming involved by connecting with moms in your area.

 

In addition to their website, Moms Demand Action has a Facebook page and is on Twitter; @MomsDemand. In spite of being a new organization, they have acquired a powerful voice.

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As we experienced when Trayvon Martin was killed, there are people who slander and demean the parents of those killed.  I gather that in the quote above by Richard Martinez. There is strength through struggle and I want to let all parents of murdered children know that there are people who pay no attention to the evil, denigration.  We lift you up.

I’m going to check for Moms Demand Action in my area.  They have provided the tools to contact legislatures with the click of a button.  That’s too convenient to pass up.

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