Slain Reporter’s Dad Says He’ll Need a Gun to Fight for Gun Control

Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP
Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP

On August 28, Andy Parker, father of slain WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker, said he does not own a gun, but he thinks he needs to buy one “now that he has decided to be an outspoken advocate for tougher gun laws.”

According to the AP, Andy said he “will have to buy [a gun] now that he is going to be a public advocate for stronger gun laws.” And one of the laws he plans to push will require people at gun shows to undergo background checks for gun purchases.

Vester Lee Flanagan underwent a background check for the gun he used in the heinous August 26 attack, as did John Russell Houser (Lafayette),  Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez (Chattanooga), Dylann Roof (Charleston), Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi (Garland), Jared and Amanda Miller (Las Vegas), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barabara), Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood 2014), James Holmes (Aurora movie theater), and Jared Loughner (Gabby Giffords’s attempted assassin), among many, many others.

On August 26, Andy told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly that gun control “is something that is Alison’s legacy,” and he spoke with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to say he would “shame people” and “shame legislators” into passing more gun control laws.

He says he needs to get a gun if he is going to do this.

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