And so there was something almost heartening amid the heartbreak. Richard Martinez, in the height of his grief, somehow did the hardest thing there is, and that is to find the courage to speak a painful truth: “Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the N.R.A.,” he said. “They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live? 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.”
Unfortunately, it’s not a “painful truth.” It’s just another lie shouted from atop the corpse of some unfortunate kid who might very much have liked a gun of his own in his hand when he faced the man who would kill him.
And Dad? Why not try blaming the guy who pulled the trigger? Why is your first thought to denounce the NRA and the rights guaranteed to us by our Constitution?
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