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Virginia shooting: 'If Alison had had an AK 47 it wouldn’t have made any difference' - Alison Parker's father calls for stricter gun control

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Alison Parker and her father Andy Parker - who has called for stricter gun control in the US

Just over 24 hours after Alison Parker was shot to death on live television, her father Andy Parker spoke about the need for increased gun control laws in the United States.

He added: “I’m challenging you the media, because again, this was one of your own, and I know how the business works.

"It’s a great story for a couple of days and then it goes to the back burner and nothing happens.

"But I can promise you and I can promise the American people I’m not going to rest until I see something get done here.”

Speaking to Washington DC's WTOP FM, Virginia governor, Terry McAuliffe, called for stricter background checks.

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REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO IN ADAM WARD'S LAST NAMEA picture of slain journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward is seen next to candles at a memorial outside of the offices for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia August 27, 2015. Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, were shot dead on Wednesday during a live segment for the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, at a local recreation site about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Washington. Another woman was wounded. The suspected gunman, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. REUTERS/Chris Keane

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO IN ADAM WARD'S LAST NAMEA picture of slain journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward is seen next to candles at a memorial outside of the offices for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia August 27, 2015. Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, were shot dead on Wednesday during a live segment for the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, at a local recreation site about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Washington. Another woman was wounded. The suspected gunman, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. REUTERS/Chris Keane

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO IN ADAM WARD'S LAST NAMEA picture of slain journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward is seen next to candles at a memorial outside of the offices for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia August 27, 2015. Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, were shot dead on Wednesday during a live segment for the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, at a local recreation site about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Washington. Another woman was wounded. The suspected gunman, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. REUTERS/Chris Keane

On Wednesday morning, Vester L. Flanagan shot dead former WDBJ7  co-workers Alison Parker (24) and cameraman Adam Ward (27) during a live broadcast on a breakfast show.

The former WDBJ7 presenter, who was fired from the station two years ago, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound later that evening after he was cornered by police following on high-speed chase – during which he posted a video of attack on Ms Parker and Mr Ward.

After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2013 - when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children - news coverage of gun control in the media surged. However, it quickly declined through 2013.

It was only executive action by US president Barack Obama and the US Senate debate over a background check bill that kept the story in the news.

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Reporter Alison Parker, left, and cameraman Adam Ward. Parker and Ward were fatally shot during an on-air interview, Wednesday yesterday. (Courtesy of WDBJ-TV via AP)

Reporter Alison Parker, left, and cameraman Adam Ward. Parker and Ward were fatally shot during an on-air interview, Wednesday yesterday. (Courtesy of WDBJ-TV via AP)

Reporter Alison Parker, left, and cameraman Adam Ward. Parker and Ward were fatally shot during an on-air interview, Wednesday yesterday. (Courtesy of WDBJ-TV via AP)

At a presidential campaign event in Iowa this morning, Hilary Clinton said that something has to be done to prevent more "carnage" like the shooting in Virginia.

"I was just so stricken to think that these two young people doing the work that you guys do every single day would be murdered on live television," Clinton said.

"And I will extend my condolences and sympathies to their families … but I will also reiterate, we have got to do something about gun violence in America. And I will take it on."

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President Obama also expressed concern over the gun culture in the US, saying, the number of people who die from gun-related incidents in the US "dwarfs" any deaths that happen through terrorism.


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