‘IT’S THE NRA’S FAULT’: Dad Blames NRA & Politicians for Sons Death, Not The Mass Murderer
Sorority sisters and male sophomore among the dead as victim’s father hits out at ‘craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA’ over gun control
- Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a shooting rampage in Santa Barbara, killing six
- Officials identified UCSB students and sorority sisters Veronika Weiss, 19, and Katie Cooper, 22, as casualties
- Third victim is Christopher Martinez, 20, a sophomore at UCSB and an only child
- Martinez’s father Richard described his family as ‘lost and broken’ as he called for gun control
- Rodger also died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
- He posted a video to social media Thursday in which he rants about how women have rejected his advances
- Lamenting that he was a 22-year-old virgin, Rodger promises ‘retribution’ and ‘punishment’
- He said he planned to enter the ‘hottest sorority on UCSB’ and ‘slaughter’ the girls inside
- Rodger is the son of The Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger
- Elliot Rodger’s family contacted police last week out of concern over disturbing videos he posted
- Two members of the same sorority and a sophomore at University of California Santa Barbara have been identified as victims of Friday night’s drive-by shooting rampage that left six dead and 13 wounded.
The massacre perpetrated by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger claimed the lives of Veronika Weiss, 19, and Katie Cooper, 22, both sisters at the Delta Delta Delta Greek organization, the victims’ friends revealed.
A third victim has been identified by his distraught father, Richard, as Christopher Martinez, 20.
The slain sophomore’s grief-stricken parent spoke out Friday in an emotional appeal for increased gun control.
First casualties: Katie Cooper, left, and Veronika Weiss, right, were among the six people slain not far from the University of California Santa Barbara campus Friday
Happier times: Katie Cooper (top), an art history and archeology major at UCSB, pictured with a friend in Hawaii
Full life: Friends said Weiss (pictured) was on the Westlake High School water polo team
Too young: Katie Cooper comes from a big family with four brothers and sisters; Veronika Weiss celebrated her 19th birthday only in February
Shining star: Katie Cooper’s aunt said the 22-year-old was the apple of her parents’ eye and had many friends
Kind-hearted: Cooper was involved in charity work helping raise money for sick children
‘Our son Christopher and six others are dead,’ he told reporters gathered outside a sheriff’s station for a news conference. ‘You don’t think it’ll happen to your child until it does.’
Martinez choked back tears as he spoke, then grew angrier as he talked about gun laws and lobbyists.
‘The talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live?’ Martinez said. ‘When will enough people say: ‘Stop this madness! We don’t have to live like this! Too many people have died!
‘Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA,’ Martinez said.
He then punctuated his words as he said, ‘We should say to ourselves: “Not! One! More!”‘ before dissolving into tears and falling to his knees as he stepped from the podium.
In the aftermath of the deadly shooting, critics on the left renewed calls for stronger gun control legislation.
Documentarian Michael Moore, who made the critically-acclaimed film Bowling for Columbine about the 1999 deadly school shooting in Ohio, released a statement of Facebook Saturday calling what happened in Santa Barbara a ‘part of normal American life.’
‘We are a people easily manipulated by fear which causes us to arm ourselves with a quarter BILLION guns in our homes that are often easily accessible to young people, burglars, the mentally ill and anyone who momentarily snaps,’ he wrote.
The liberal filmmaker went on to say that even though 90 per cent of Americans call for stronger gun laws, the U.S. Congress refuses to heed their call.
Moore concluded his tirade with an ominous warning: ‘Rest assured this will all happen again very soon.’
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown confirmed at a news conference early Saturday that seven people were killed, including the gunman, and 13 wounded.
Rodger driving a black BMW acted alone in the shootings around 9:30pm Friday night in Isla Vista near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Rodger was the son of Peter Rodger, assistant director of the Hollywood film franchise The Hunger Games.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department said the rampage was ‘the work of a mad man,’ which started Friday night with the stabbing of three men in Rodger’s apartment and ended with him taking his own life.
In the blink of an eye: Chris Martinez, 20, a sophomore at UCSB majoring in English, pictured left as an adult and right as a young boy, has been identified as a third victim
Distraught: Richard Martinez (left), the father of mass shooting victim Christopher Martinez, expresses his anger and sorrow as he speaks to the media with his brother, Alain (second left) by his side outside the Santa Barbara County Sheriffs headquarters in Goleta, California
Heartbreaking loss: Mr Martinez said his son majored in English and was an only child
According to her Facebook page, victim Katie Cooper, 22, majored art history and archeology at UCSB.
‘She was a shining star,’ Cooper’s devastated aunt, Stacy Simmer, described the slain young woman.
Simmer said San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies came to her sister’s house at 10am Saturday and told her that Katie had been killed in a drive-by shooting.
Dashed dreams: Martinez was on track to graduate from college with a high GPA and live in London for a year
‘I was on my way to church and my brother-in-law, Dan, called me and said, “Stacy, are you driving? I need you to pull over because I have something terrible to tell you,”’ Ms Simmer recalled. ‘”There was a guy in a car and he was driving around shooting people, and Katie was one of them and she was killed.”’
The distraught aunt went on, saying: ‘Katie was the apple of all of our eyes… She had a 4.8 GPA and did a lot of charity fundraising for St Jude’s Children’s hospital.
‘She was studying archeology and she was in in a wonderful sorority.
‘Her parents, Katie and Dan, left for Santa Barbara as soon as they heard. Her two brothers, Nick, 26, a chemist in Colorado, and Jon, still in college, are on their way there now. They were as close as any siblings can be.’
Stacy Simmer said she was told by her sister that when her niece’s body is released to the family sometime next week, she will be laid to rest in their local Catholic church.
Veronika Weiss, Cooper’s sorority sister, of Westlake Village, has been a member of the Westlake High School water polo team, her friends told KABC.
Richard Martinez, Christopher’s father, said of his son: ‘He was an English major and he wanted to go to law school. He grades were excellent.
‘Both my wife and I are attorneys and I wasn’t thrilled about him doing that, but we didn’t want to argue with him. He was an only child.’
Lone gunman: 22-year-old Elliot Rodger went on a shooting spree, killing six people and injuring seven before dying of a gunshot wound to the head
‘Retribution’: Elliot Rodger posted a video to social media in which he outlined his plan for ‘retribution’ for being rejected by women
Peter Rodger was pictured also today. The grief-stricken father was photographed meeting his attorney.
He released a statement via the lawyer Alan Schifman. It said: ‘The Rodger family offers their deepest compassion and sympathy to the families involved in this terrible tragedy.
‘We are experiencing the most inconceivable pain, and our hearts go out to everybody involved.’
It came as friends and relatives of the gunman shared their shock and heartache at what unfolded in the early hours of Saturday.
‘Oh my God, my God. This is terrible,’ said Christian Rivas, a close friend and neighbor of Elliot Rodger’s 18 year-old sister, Georgia, when asked about Friday’s tragedy.
‘I was hanging out with Georgia till two o’clock this morning at the local park and she was happy and laughing – she had no idea what was going on with her brother. She must be devastated – I feel so bad for her…and the victims.”
‘She was always worried about Elliot. She would say that she didn’t understand him because he was always such a loner – he didn’t want to have anything to do with anyone else and he had no friends.
‘Georgia said that when they did talk, they would often fight because he didn’t seem to be interested in anything or anyone. She couldn’t relate late to him and he was so anti-social.”
Christian, 19, lives around the corner from the neat, three-bedroom home on quiet Windom Steet in West Hills – about 25 miles north west of Los Angeles – where Elliot’s mother, ‘Chin’ Rodger, 53 lives with Georgia.
Distraught: Hollywood director Peter Rodger was photographed for the first time today after his son Elliot went on a shooting rampage killing six and himself
Police tape marks off the scene of a drive-by shooting that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and others wounded on Friday in Isla Vista, California
Aftermath: Students and shop owners survey the damage caused by the gunman which spread over several streets in Isla Vista
‘Elliot wasn’t really living here all the time any ore but he stayed here a lot,’ added Christian, who attended nearby El Camino High School, the same school both Elliot and Georgia went to.
‘When I would go to their house to see Georgia, if Elliot was in he would never come out into the living room and talk. He always stayed locked in his bedroom by himself.
‘He always kept very much to himself. When he did go out he would sometimes just drive round the neighborhood aimlessly in his car – I think it was a black BMW.
‘Georgia had a boyfriend once who just couldn’t figure Elliot out and called him a “real weirdo.” The boyfriend would say “hi” to him but Elliot wouldn’t say a word. He’d just go to his bedroom and slam the door
‘The only person he spent time with was his mother. I think he was quite close to her. His mom is very sweet and nice and I think she gets on well with Elliot and Georgia’s dad, even though they’re divorced.
‘I feel so sorry for Georgia and her mom and dad. They’re a really nice family and this is going to devastate them. Elliot was a strange guy and Georgia did worry about him a lot. But something as horrific and violent as this – she could never have imagined anything so awful happening.’
Crime scene: Elliot Rodger’s black BMW can be seen along with a mangled bike in Isla Vista where seven people are dead following a shooting spree
Aftermath: A deputy sheriff walks near a black BMW sedan driven by a drive-by shooter on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, California near a Santa Barbara university campus
Near campus: The shootings took place close the the UC Santa Barbara campus
Authorities are examining a video posted on social media by the shooter in which he rants about women who supposedly rejected his advances.
The video is called Elliot Rodger’s Retribution.
Rodger, a Santa Barbara City College Student and Isla Vista resident, according to his social media accounts unleashed a tirade about his ‘loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires,’ and blames women for preferring ‘obnoxious brutes’ to him, ‘the supreme gentlemen.’
‘I’m 22 years old and I’m still a virgin. I’ve never even kissed a girl,’ he says in the video.
‘College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. But in those years I’ve had to rot in loneliness. It’s not fair. You girls have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me. But I will punish you all for it,’ he says in the video, which runs to almost seven minutes.
He repeatedly promises to ‘punish’ women and lays out his plan for ‘retribution.’
‘I’m going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoilt, stuck-up, blonde s**t that I see inside there. All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would’ve all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them,’ he says.
‘I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one. The true alpha male,’ he laughs like a maniacal movie villain. ‘Yes… After I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house I will take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there. All those popular kids who live such lives of hedonistic pleasure…’
Horrified: Students survey the scene after the shooting that claimed seven lives
Dystopian fantasy: Elliot Rodger (seen left) is the son of Peter Rodger, assistant director for The Hunger Games (seen second left), about an annual televised death match. Elliot Rodger is seen here at the film’s 2012 premiere with Sylvester Stallone (right)
College terror: Police investigate the bloody scene
Family: Elliot Rodger (right) with his father (left) and a younger sibling, posted many videos to his YouTube account reminiscing about his happy childhood
His YouTube account contains numerous other videos in which Rodger talks of his loneliness and anger at the women he says snub him.
He called police several weeks ago after being alarmed by YouTube videos ‘regarding suicide and the killing of people,’ a lawyer said Saturday.
Police interviewed Elliot Rodger and found him to be a ‘perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human,’ family attorney Alan Shifman said.
A three-week old video called ‘Another sunny day in Santa Barbara’ include the description ‘I temporarily took all of my Vlog’s down due to the alarm it caused with some people in my family. I will post more updates in the future.’
Rodger’s Twitter account has only two tweets, posted on April 19 and 20.
‘Why are girls sexually attracted to obnoxious, brutish men instead of sophisticated gentlemen such as myself? #girls #perverted #sex #unfair,’ reads the first.
Loneliness: Rodger says that his college years have been marked by solitude, while his peers have enjoyed ‘sex and fun and pleasure’
‘Why do girls hate me so much?’ he posted on April 20, along with a now-deleted YouTube video.
Rodger was on a website forum called PUAHate.com, which describes itself as the ‘Anti-Pickup-Artist Movement’ and aims to reveal ‘the scams, deception, and misleading marketing techniques used by dating gurus and the seduction community to deceive men and profit from them.’
Its members are all men who have spent a lot of time and money on books and seminars and other materials that claim to help men ‘pick-up’ women – but failed.
The bitter, often misogynistic threads are full of tales of woe from men who don’t know how to get women to date them and blame the women themselves for the problem.
He posted in 2013, ‘If you could release a virus that would kill every single man on Earth, except for yourself because you would have the antidote, would you do it? You will be the only man left, with all the females. You would be able to have your pick of any beautiful woman you want, as well as having dealt vengeance on the men who took them from you. Imagine how satisfying that would be.’
Rodger’s actions have been lauded on the site by other members who have called him a ‘hero.’
Brown said the shootings occurred at several sites in the town, resulting in ten crime scenes.
Santa Barbara County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover told KEYT-TV the gunfire broke out around 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Isla Vista neighborhood.
A student told the station he saw shots fired from a BMW, fatally striking one woman and critically injuring another woman.
‘I heard shots, scream, pain,’ Michael Vitak said. ‘All emotions. I hope she is going to be fine.’
The station said a black BMW slammed into as many as two cars.
The shooting prompted officials to issue alerts urging people to stay indoors.
Isla Vista is known for parties, including an annual spring bash that turned into a violent blowout last month as young people clashed with police and tossed rocks and bottles. A university police officer and four deputies were injured and 130 people were arrested.
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