The father of the 24-year-old TV reporter who was murdered Wednesday on live television has vowed not to rest “until I see something happen” on gun control.
“It’s senseless that her life and Adam’s life were taken by a crazy person with a gun,” Andy Parker, whose daughter Alison was one of two journalists fatally shot in southwest Virginia, said on CNN Thursday.
The grieving father vowed to be “the John Walsh of gun control” if need be.
“Look, I’m for the Second Amendment,” he said, “but there has to be a way to force politicians that are cowards and in the pockets of the NRA to come to grips and make sense, have sensible laws so that crazy people can’t get guns.”
Mr. Parker slammed lawmakers for repeatedly “kick[ing] the can down the road” on the issue of gun control, and declared, “This can’t happen anymore,” The Hill reported.
Mr. Parker argued against gun rights advocates who believe some of these tragedies can be prevented if more law-abiding citizens carried guns for self-defense.
“I got news for you, if Alison or Adam had been carrying an AK-47 strapped around their waist, it wouldn’t have made any difference,” he said, referring to slain videographer Adam Ward. “They couldn’t have seen this thing coming.”
Mr. Parker then vowed not to rest “until I see something happen.”
“I’m not saying let’s take away guns, I’m just saying, let’s make it harder for people with mental issues … to purchase guns. There’s got to be a mechanism that gets put in place for that,” he added.