Wednesday 29 March 2017

Father of murdered TV journalist Alison Parker urges US congress to fight gun lobby

Murdered journalists and colleagues Adam Ward and Alison Parker
Pic: Facebook
Murdered journalists and colleagues Adam Ward and Alison Parker Pic: Facebook
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The father of Virginia shooting victim Alison Parker has urged Congress to defy the gun lobby and pass laws to strengthen background checks for firearm purchasers.

Andy Parker told a Capitol Hill rally that "we can, we must, and we will" prevail over opponents of new background check legislation, such as the National Rifle Association.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) (L) greets Andy Parker (C), the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker who was shot and killed on live TV in August, as they arrive to participate in a rally against gun violence, on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) (L) greets Andy Parker (C), the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker who was shot and killed on live TV in August, as they arrive to participate in a rally against gun violence, on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker who was shot and killed on live TV in August, participates in a rally against gun violence, on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Andy Parker (C), the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker who was shot and killed on live TV in August, is flanked by other family members of gun violence victims and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (R) as he participates in a rally against gun violence, on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker who was shot and killed on live TV in August, participates in a rally against gun violence, on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Mr Parker's daughter and WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward were shot dead during a live television interview last month at a community outside Roanoke.

Mr Parker was joined at the rally by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state's two senators.

They urged Congress to revisit a failed 2013 vote on legislation requiring background checks for online gun sales and purchases at gun shows.

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