A man whose son was among the victims killed in a shooting rampage near a California university quaked with grief and rage as he described his "lost and broken" family and the proliferation of guns he believes led to his son's death, AP reports.
"Our son Christopher and six others are dead," Richard Martinez told reporters gathered outside a sheriff's station for a news conference the day after the shootings near the University of California, Santa Barbara, where the 20-year-old son was a sophomore. "You don't think it'll happen to your child until it does."
Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, of Los Osos, Calif., was the last of six people killed by suspect Elliot Rodger before the gunman apparently shot and killed himself, authorities said.
AP reports that Martinez choked back tears as he spoke, then grew angrier as he talked about gun laws and lobbyists.
"They 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!'"
But that didn't impress Todd Kincannon.
No idea how my son will die, but I know it won't be cowering like a bitch at UC Santa Barbara. Any son of mine would have been shooting back- Todd Kincannon (@Todd__Kincannon) May 25, 2014
Kincannon is a lawyer a former executive director of the South Carolina GOP. His response to the Santa Barbara-area killings sparked outrage.
This is hardly Kincannon's first Twitter controversy. In 2013, he wrote that transgendered people should be placed in a concentration-style camp. His Twitter account was suspended in late 2013.
In early 2014, he created a new Twitter account named "Todd__Kincannon", on which he has made homophobic and profane statements, and others referencing Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis in sexist and ways. The traditionalist conservative author Rod Dreher highlighted tweets made by Kincannon in which he labeled Dreher (who is Eastern Orthodox) a "papist" and compared infant baptism to Chinese water torture.