- The Washington Times - Friday, August 26, 2016

The father of the Virginia reporter who was shot to death on live television exactly one year ago has penned an op-ed calling Donald Trump the “orange-faced Fuhrer” of the Republican Party.

“In the leadup to this day, I’ve been asked what’s changed in the last year,” Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, wrote for the New York Daily News. “The NRA still controls too many politicians. There is no new meaningful common-sense gun legislation passed at a federal level, and terrorists on watch lists can still buy weapons even if they can’t board a flight.”

Mr. Parker slammed the NRA for promoting the “myth” that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment.

“Politicians like Paul Ryan, Mike McCaul and Bob Goodlatte know better,” he wrote. “They’re not knuckle-draggers waving Confederate flags at Trump rallies, but they still fall in lockstep behind their orange-faced Fuhrer who promotes this ‘assault on the Second Amendment’ nonsense. Their bloody hands are egregiously in the pockets of the NRA and they are afraid to pull them out.”

Mr. Parker called Rep. Goodlatte a “coward” who “should join the treasonous Republican leadership in acquiring a new wardrobe — orange jumpsuits.”

Alison Parker was gunned down along with photojournalist Adam Ward by disgruntled former co-worker Vester Lee Flanagan. Since her death, Mr. Parker has been on a gun-control crusade, speaking out against the NRA and likening pro-gun politicians to traitors.

“Not a single day goes by that we don’t feel the devastation and void in our souls,” he wrote Friday. “It’s the ‘new normal’ for lives that will never be the same. At first, we grieved. And as we grieved, we got angry. While my emotions were still raw, I vowed to do ‘whatever it take’ to end gun violence. Little did I know when I uttered those words, it would become a rallying cry.

“We are still a long way from real change, but we are getting there. Being free from fear of going to the movies, or to school, or to a house of worship is a civil right. Our fight to be free of gun violence is the same fight for civil rights in the ‘50s and ‘60s, or marriage equality in this decade. Momentum is on our side, and it’s only a matter of time until we prevail.”

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