The Los Angeles Times updates the gun advocacy efforts of Richard Martinez, a month after he spoke out following the murder of his 20-year-old son and five other college students in Isla Vista, Calif. Martinez’s phone doesn’t ring every few minutes as it did in those first days after the killings. The interview requests and condolence calls have slowed. When family and friends gathered for his son’s memorial service, the national media had moved on to new tragedies.
“I figure I get a limited amount of time to be in this position,” Martinez said of the post-massacre media swarm. “I know that this story has a life span.” Martinez quit his job as a defense attorney and plans to travel across the country meeting with families of other mass shooting victims. Every day he checks in with the same four people: his brother; his childhood best friend, who is a psychologist; and two political consultants. With their guidance, he’s begun to chart a plan to use his pain to shake politicians into action and to spur change that could protect others from feeling the way he does now.