Isla Vista Shooting Renews Frustration Among Gun Control Advocates

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Mixed in with prayers and sympathy after the Isla Vista shooting and stabbing rampage in Santa Barbara County were renewed calls Saturday to pass stronger gun control legislation.


Emergency personnel was on the scene in Isla Vista Friday night after reports of a shooting. (Credit: France Kirsten)

“Although the circumstances of this attack are under investigation, we do know that real solutions exist to prevent most of the 90 gun deaths that happen in our nation every day, and that those solutions are supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, in a statement Saturday.

The Santa Barbara rampage left six people and the attacker dead. The father of one of the victims blamed politicians and gun rights proponents for the death of his 20-year-old son, Christopher Martinez.

“Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live?” Richard Martinez told reporters Saturday. “When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness!’ We don’t have to live like this. Too many have died. We should say to ourselves, ‘Not one more!'”

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