Father of Alison Parker, who is campaigning for gun control, says he will have to get a firearm because ‘a lot of people take exception’ to his views
The father of Alison Parker, the journalist shot dead on live television on Wednesday, has said that now he is campaigning for gun control he will probably have to get a firearm to defend himself.
Andy Parker, spoke to reporters on Friday after he visited the television station, WDBJ7, where his daughter worked before being murdered – along with cameraman Adam Ward – by their former colleague Vester Lee Flanagan.
He continued to push for stricter gun control in the United States, where decades of mass shootings have failed to produce meaningful reform.
“I want to go to the Virginia legislature and I want them to look me in the eye and tell me why we can’t have a reasonable proposal, any reasonable background checks, the things common sense dictates,” Parker said. “I want them to look me in the eye and tell me why they won’t support that.”
He said that for any meaningful change to occur, reporters must keep reporting on gun control and politicians must stop being afraid of the powerful gun lobby, the NRA.
Yet, Parker said that he is “probably going to have to get a gun” because of the culture in the United States.
“When you’re in the media, as you know, and when you are taking on an issue like this, there are a lot of people who take exception to what you are saying, so I will probably have to do that,” Parker said.
He does not currently own a gun, but said: “I don’t want to take any chances.”