Joe the Plumber Sounds Off on Dad of UCSB Shooting Victim

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, also known as ‘Joe the Plumber,’ who became famous (infamous?) during the 2008 Presidential Election cycle, has resurfaced after making shocking comments regarding Friday’s deadly shooting near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Wurzelbacher penned an open letter to the parents of the shooting victims. The letter was posted online on Tuesday.

He wrote: “Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights ... Any feelings you have toward my rights being taken away from me, lose those.”

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Wurzelbacher specifically targets Richard Martinez, the outspoken father of one of the shooting victims who said his son, Christopher Martinez, died in part because of “irresponsible politicians and the NRA” that talk about gun rights over the “right to live.”

Wurzelbacher wrote:

But the words and images of Mr. Martinez blaming "the proliferation of guns", lobbyists, politicians, etc.; will be exploited by gun-grab extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence and the mentally ill by the anti-Second Amendment Left.

As a father, husband and a man, it is my responsibility to protect my family. I will stand up for that right vehemently. Please believe me, as a father I share your grief and I will pray for you and your family, as I do whenever I hear about senseless tragedies such as this.

He didn’t stop there, instead going on to attack the media while trying to turn the incident into a political issue.

We still have the Right to Bear Arms and I intend to continue to speak out for that right, and against those who would restrict it -- even in the face of this horrible incident by this sad and insane individual. I almost said "Obama Voter" but I?m waiting for it to be official.

I noticed the mainstream media have stopped the practice of immediately reporting the psycho maniac is a conservative Tea Party Republican Christian. Guess they're sick of having to hide being wrong every time when it comes out the whacko votes Democrat?

He concluded his letter by offering his sympathy to the families affected by Friday’s shooting.

Wurzelbacher may be known as Joe the Plumber. He is actually not a plumber at all, but rose to infamy but became a household name following a campaign stop in Ohio where he voiced opposition to then-Senator Barack Obama’s planned policy on taxing small businesses, a moment which went on to become a campaigning tool for Obama’s rival Sen. John McCain.