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Slain reporter’s father to lawmakers: Stop being cowards

Alison Parker, Adam Ward, WDBJ, Virginia, Shooting, Andy Parker
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The father of a reporter killed on live television by a disgruntled former colleague has some strong words for lawmakers: Stop being cowards, get out of the NRA’s pocket and do something about the runaway gun violence in the U.S.

{mosads}Andy Parker, whose daughter Alison was one of two journalists killed on Wednesday morning outside Roanoke, Va., told CNN’s “New Day” he will be “the John Walsh of gun control” if he must.

“Look, I’m for the Second Amendment,” Parker continued, “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.”

Parker slammed both national and local lawmakers for “kick[ing] the can down the road” repeatedly on the issue of gun control and declared: “This can’t happen anymore.”

In a preemptive response to the argument likely from the National Rifle Association and other gun groups that a “good person with a gun” might have been able to prevent Wednesday’s tragedy, Parker said that simply isn’t true.

“I got news for you,” he said, “if Alison or Adam had been carrying an AK-47 strapped around their waist, it wouldn’t have made any difference,” he said, referring to slain videographer Adam Ward.

“They couldn’t have seen this thing coming.”

Parker then vowed not to rest “until I see something get done here.”

Earlier Thursday, coworkers of Alison Parker and Ward at WDBJ-TV held hands in an emotional on-air moment of silence for their fallen colleagues.

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