PHOENIX -- Survivors and victims of gun violence gathered at Sen. Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office Friday to deliver a very poignant and personal message, “Not one more.”
Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was killed in the mass shooting in Santa Barbara last month, is on a mission to prevent gun violence and keep other parents from knowing his pain.
“I lost the most important thing in my life. He was the center of my life for me. Everything was for him,” said Martinez. “He's gone now. I have to make some sort of meaning from this. I can't live with it otherwise.”
It's the reason why he and dozens of other people similarly impacted by gun violence lined up and, three at a time, hand-delivered some 10,000 postcards to Flake.
Erica Lafferty's mom was the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary and died trying to protect her school. Eighteen months later, Lafferty says, “There's this club of survivors of gun violence that is just growing by the dozens every day, and we are persistent and we're relentless. And we are doing this in honor of our loved ones, and we're going to keep going until some common sense legislation is passed.”
Flake was not at his Phoenix office Friday, but his staff released a statement saying the senator “… continues to hope that Congress takes up legislation to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill - which would pass overwhelmingly - instead of insisting on a universal background bill, which doesn't have the votes to pass the Senate or the House."
Patricia Maisch survived the mass shooting in Tucson back in 2011. She's urging the public to demand action.
“I'm very lucky I wasn't injured, but I had to witness six people be murdered on a sidewalk in Tucson and 13 more injured, and there's just no reason for that,” said Maisch. “We are better than that. We should get background checks and still keep the Second Amendment whole.”
More information on this push for gun control:
Everytown for Gun Safety
Moms Demand Action
Gun Sense Voter