The father of one of two journalist shot in Virginia is calling for stricter gun laws.
After his daughter Alison Parker, 24, was shot by an apparently deranged coworker Wednesday morning, Andy Parker appeared multiple times on CNN calling for gun control, saying that he’s going to “take on” the National Rifle Association in order to get gun-control legislation passed.
“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,” Parker said Thursday.
“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. 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.”
Parker told CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield in an interview Thursday afternoon that he spoke with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) about pushing for a renewed push for gun-control measures like universal background checks.
“We need politicians like [McAuliffe] who will stand up to the gun lobby, and stand up for reasonable gun-control. And if I have to make it political, so be it. I’m going to let it rip.”
Parker’s immediate call for action shows the shift that’s taken place in the gun control debate over the last several years.
Gun rights advocates have long accused gun control advocates of capitalising on shootings in order to score political points. But increasingly, victims’ families and pro-gun control politicians have wasted little time between shootings to call for stricter gun laws.
Last year, the father of a student killed last year at a shooting at University of California Santa Barbara railed against pro-gun politicians in a CNN interview that quickly went viral.
On Wednesday, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton took a minute after a speech in Iowa to address the shooting.
“We have got to do something about gun violence in America,” Clinton said. “And I will take it on.”
“There’s so much evidence that if guns were not so readily available, if there were universal background checks … that maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage,” she added.
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