Father of Slain Virginia TV Reporter Vows to Push for Stricter Gun Laws: 'This Isn't The Last You've Heard from Me'
"I'm not going to let this issue drop. We've got to do something about crazy people getting guns," Andy Parker said.
“He was a crazy man that got a gun,” Andy Parker told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File Wednesday evening.
“I’m not going to let this issue drop,” he continued. “We’ve got to do something about crazy people getting guns.”
Yesterday morning, Parker received a text from a WDBJ producer, informing him that there had been a shooting at the station and that no one had heard from Alison, he told Kelly. As the situation unfolded, it was revealed that Vester Flanagan, 41, fatally shot Alison and Adam Ward, a 27-year-old cameraman, during a live broadcast in Moneta.
Just hours after the shooting, Flanagan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a pursuit by law enforcement officials.
Both the Roanoke station and the nation are mourning the deaths of the journalist as details of Flanagan’s angry tendencies and past come to light. But Parker told Kelly that even when his daughter’s name fades from the headlines, he is going to continue to be vocal on gun control.
“Mark my words,” he said. “My mission in life I’m going to do something, whatever it takes to get gun legislation, to shame people, to shame legislators into doing something about loopholes and background checks and making sure crazy people don’t get guns.”
He added that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is “right there” with him.
Parker also appeared on Good Morning America, remembering his daughter. He expressed sadness about the fact that Alison would never again do the things she loved to do most, like going kayaking with her family.
He echoed his statements on Thursday to CNN, describing Alison as a “special lady.” He added that he wants to try to do “something meaningful for” Alison’s life “so this doesn’t happen to someone else again.”
“This is not the last you’ve heard from me,” Parker told Kelly of his mission. “This is something that is Alison’s legacy that I want to make happen.”
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