The father of the Virginia reporter who was shot to death on live television last year charged Thursday that the “real terrorists” are the people who pledge their “allegiance” to the National Rifle Association.
Andy Parker’s daughter Alison 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.
Appearing on CNN Thursday, Mr. Parker attacked the NRA for opposing House Democrats’ attempts to pass gun violence reforms in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack in Orlando.
“The real terrorists are the folks at the NRA,” he said, Raw Story reported. “Those are the terrorists. And unfortunately, you have politicians that are complicit — they’ve pledged allegiance to the NRA versus the United States of America and the safety of its citizens. And I’ve called them treasonous and I will continue to call them treasonous.”
Mr. Parker said gun control and fighting terrorism go hand-in-hand.
“[The Islamic State] put out a communiqué that said, ‘The United States is the easiest place in the world to get a gun, so go get one.’ And that’s exactly what they’ve done,” he said.
Mr. Parker specifically called out House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican who supposedly told him to his face that he would never hold a hearing on gun legislation.
“Between him, Mitch McConnell, Mike McCaul and Eddie Munster — I mean, excuse me, Paul Ryan — when you have those people that are obstructionists, if it were up to me they would be wearing orange jumpsuits right now. They’d be the first in line,” Mr. Parker said.
His comments come after Cam Edwards, host of the NRA’s radio show “Cam & Company,” compared participants in a House sit-in led by Democratic Rep. John Lewis to “criminals and terrorists.”
“So in order to push legislation that the sponsors say would not have prevented the attacks in Orlando, Florida, they’re also going to flout the House rules,” Mr. Edwards said Wednesday. “Kind of like, you know, criminals and terrorists flout the rules that we have in place right now and will continue to do so?”