Slain Virginia reporter’s father calls for gun control

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Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, says he won’t rest until it’s more difficult for people with mental issues to purchase guns.

Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were gunned down Wednesday morning while reporting live outside Moneta, Virginia.

“Well her life was cut short,” Andy Parker said.  “She had so much potential and it’s senseless that her life and Adam’s life were taken by a crazy person with a gun,” he said. “If I have to be the John Walsh of gun control, and look I’m for 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.”

The suspected gunman, Vester L. Flanagan II, was a former WDBJ employee.  He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

ABC News reported that it received a fax containing a 23-page manifesto from someone named Bryce Williams, Flanagan’s on-air name.

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4 comments

  • Jennifer W.

    But that is not how mental illness works, Mr. Parker. If you want to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, all you need to do is enforce the laws we have now. Check for a history of mental illness before approving the sale of a firearm, don’t just ask the person. Odd as it may seem, mentally ill people sometimes don’t tell the truth all the time. Also, maintain public safety by keeping the dangerously mentally ill away from the general public. If that means going back to locking them up in asylums, so be it.

  • OnIt

    Of course. Gun control. That fits the narrative of this story, this one is not racial, because of the skin color of the shooter & victims, so it goes to guns. This killer bought his gun illegally, but I’m sure more confiscation of our freedoms is the answer. Morons.

  • Ella

    He wasn’t mentally ill. He was an angry a hole that got fired from his job for being an angry a hole. This has nothing to do with gun control or mental illness.
    It has to do with a person who wanted revenge.

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