Shock waves rippled far beyond the journalism community after reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were murdered during a live broadcast on WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. Though the gunman, disgruntled ex-employee Vester Lee Flanagan, has since died due to a self-inflicted gun shot, as CNN reported, those closest to the tragedy are speaking out. (Video below)
Andy Parker, Alison’s father, is demanding a change in gun laws. Flanagan purchased his firearm legally after passing a background check, USA Today reported.
"If I have to be the John Walsh of gun control and -- look, I'm for the Second Amendment, but there has to be a way to force politicians that are cowards and in the pockets of the NRA to come to grips and make sense -- have sensible laws so that crazy people can't get guns. It can't be that hard," said Parker in an interview with CNN's "New Day,” The Huffington Post reported.
He said something needs to be done immediately. "[P]oliticians from the local level to the state level to the national level, they sidestep the issue. They kick the can down the road. This can't happen anymore," he said.
Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe called Parker and promised he wasn’t alone in the fight. "And I know that the NRA, their position is going to be -- I can hear it now. They're going to say, 'Oh gee, well, if they were carrying, this never would have happened,'" Parker said.
"I've got news for you. If Alison or Adam had been caring an AK-47 strapped around their waist, it wouldn't have made any difference," he added. "They couldn't have seen this thing coming. So I don't want to hear that argument from the NRA, and you know that's going to happen. And I'm going to take it on.”
Watch Parker’s emotional interview with the Associated Press here: