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‘If I Have To Be The John Walsh Of Gun Control’: Victim’s Father To Become Advocate

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‘If I Have To Be The John Walsh Of Gun Control’: Victim’s Father To Become Advocate


The father of a victim in Wednesday’s murder of the local WDBJ7-TV crew in Virginia is quickly emerging as a new spokesman for gun control — saying that he’s determined to see to it that these mass shootings don’t keep happening.

“Alison was our bright, shining light, and it was cruelly extinguished by yet another crazy person with a gun,” Andy Parker, whose 24-year old daughter Alison Parker was killed by a deranged ex-employee at the TV station, said in a statement on Wednesday. “She excelled at everything she did and was loved by everyone she touched. She loved us dearly, and we talked to her every single day. Not hearing her voice again crushes my soul.”

That night, Parker and his late daughter’s fiancé Chris Hurst appeared together on Fox News’ The Kelly File — with host Megyn Kelly grateful and amazed that the two were even able to appear on television under such emotionally fraught circumstances.

While discussing his daughter’s life, and that of her murdered co-worker Adam Ward, Parker proclaimed his new cause:

I’m not gonna let this issue drop. We have got to do something about crazy people getting guns. And the problem that you guys have is — and I know it’s the news business — this is a big story, but next week it ain’t gonna be a story anymore, and everybody’s gonna forget it. But you mark my words, my mission in life — and I talked to the governor [Terry McAuliffe] today. He called me, and he said — and I told him, I said, ‘I’m gonna do something, whatever it takes, to get gun legislation — to shame people, to shame legislators into doing something about closing loopholes in background checks, and making sure crazy people don’t get guns.’ And he said, ‘You go, I’m right there with you.’ So, you know, this is not the last you’ve heard of me. This is something that is Alison’s legacy that I want to make happen.

Parker also appeared Monday morning on CNN’s New Day show, and told Chris Cuomo:

Her life was cut short. 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. And if I have to be the John Walsh of gun control — 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. And yet, politicians 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.



  1. rednekokie August 28, 2015

    I’m with this guy 100 percent. The gun lobby has taken over our idea of common sense in this country. Only the military should have and use guns – and then only in defending our country.
    If someone wants to hunt, they should be able to rent a hunting rifle at an established game park where that is done and regulated.
    But no one, including police, should automatically and systematically carry a gun – of any sort.
    We should do as Australia did — confiscate and buy back all the weapons which are out there, and seriously criminalize those who do not comply.
    If all guns were regulated by the government, from the point of manufacture on, such as are drugs, we would have far fewer gun problems.

    1. kenndeb August 28, 2015

      Another liberal communist that wants to see Americans stripped of their rights?
      Australia’s gun grab didn’t work. Violent crime increased. Fact is when you give up your weapons, you give up your right to self defence.

      1. rednekokie August 28, 2015

        It seems that you possibly watch Fox noise a bit too much.
        I stand by what I said and my beliefs.
        And you are either wrong or misinformed about Australia.

        1. kenndeb August 28, 2015

          * In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. This doesn’t include the 30 million ‘Uncle Joe’ starved to death in the Ukraine. * In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. * Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, leaving a populace unable to defend itself against the Gestapo and SS. Hundreds of thousands died as a result. * China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. * Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. * Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. The total dead are said to be 2-3 million * Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, 1-2 million ‘educated’ people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. * Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million at a bare minimum. * Gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results: Australia-wide, homicides went up 3.2 percent Australia-wide, assaults went up 8.6 percent Australia-wide, armed robberies went up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent) In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns. It will never happen here? I bet the Aussies said that too. While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady DECREASE in armed robbery with firearms, that changed drastically upward in the first year after gun confiscation…since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.

          1. rednekokie August 28, 2015

            That is interesting, for sure. But all reports I have ever heard about the Australian experience have been good ones, and that gun violence has decreased to the point of almost disappearing. Of course there may be the occasional nut job from time to time, who has managed to get one, or keep it hidden from the government, who will, indeed, use it. But letting every Tom, Dick and Harry who wants one have a gun is sheer madness.

            There is no doubt that stopping this madness will bring about some angst and grief — especially from those who wish to maintain their false sense of security. But it will eventually have to be done if we are not so totally paranoid that we exterminate ourselves.

            Guns are for one purpose only — to kill.
            Any other explanation for having them is false.

            I’m sure I am not going to convince you of this, and most certain that you will never change my mind.

            Guns are for killing people. They have no use in a civilized society.

          2. kenndeb August 28, 2015

            The whole purpose of the second amendment was to keep our country free. Guns are tools, nothing more. Self defense is a God given right. If you think the regime will protect your family when the only ones with guns are criminals, think again. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. I prefer taking responsibility for my own security. Also consider how the regime would treat unarmed Americans.

          3. 2ThinkN_Do2 August 28, 2015

            I wish people would leave the religious aspect out of all discussions, it would make the rationality of the issue easier to sell. If you use G-D as part of your defense and the audience you are marketing does not believe, the first issue becomes using religious beliefs. Fact is: G-D or not, we are all born with the natural instincts of animals (we are) and one of those instincts is to protect ourself, our family and those we are with, if and when necessary.

          4. hicusdicus August 29, 2015

            This kind of childish ignorance is what is destroying out country. This person is scarier than a Torrentino horror flick.

          5. rednekokie August 28, 2015

            There is where we definitely disagree. No right is God given.
            All rights are given to the people by the people — not any religious figure, no matter what the religion.
            Religions are great for those who need them — but religion does not, never has, and never will, as long as we have our present constitution, rule this country or grant rights.

          6. hicusdicus August 29, 2015

            This moron has no concept of what you are talking about. He is more dangerous than ISIS, he will destroy us from within. The typical frog in a boiling pot.

          7. 2ThinkN_Do2 August 28, 2015

            The false sense of security is in thinking that all those who have legally obtained firearms will make society safer. The problem is not the tool, it is the person behind it, the mind in control (or is it lack of control of the mind?) of the person. So, how do we begin national normalcy testing and how often do you think it needs to be done?

          8. rednekokie August 28, 2015

            This is quite my perspective on this. The people behind the gun.
            The idea that more guns will mean more safety for ordinary citizens is false, simply because those guns will be in the hands of people who are not concerned about keeping society safer — but only concerned with keeping themselves supposedly safer.

            My idea is to limit severely the number of guns in people’s hands – and in so doing, you will severely eliminate the number of guns in the hands of people who do not know how or why to use them.

            Much education is needed — but providing more guns will not amplify education — only increase the need for it.

            A very good example of people who do not know how to use firearms are those uneducated policemen who shoot first and ask questions later, if at all. The Wyatt Earp factor is alive and well in this country.

          9. 2ThinkN_Do2 August 28, 2015

            I made an edit to my comment: I forgot a few words in the opening sentence. “The false sense of security is in thinking if we take the guns away from all those who have legally obtained firearms, it will make society safer.”

            Who should have firearms permits?

            Thanks for proving my point, by indicating there are LEO’s that should not be armed. There are also those in the Military that should not. I am sure there are those in the CIA, NSA, Secret Service, Homeland Security, TSA and the list goes on and on.

            So, who should be allowed . . . you?

          10. rednekokie August 28, 2015

            No — I shouldn’t. While I do actually own one firearm – an antique Winchester Model 1890 Twenty-two short rifle, which my father gave me on my 10th birthday, I would be the first to file off the firing pin should it come to that.

            Being what it is, however, I hardly think it rates among the type which can fell dozens of people at one firing. In fact, all its useful purpose is has remained as a fireplace ornament, and a very sweet remembrance of my father – who was as adamant about firearms as I. He taught me the ways – and also taught me what never to do.

          11. hicusdicus August 29, 2015

            Dozens of people at one firing?????? File off the firing pin???? What is that supposed to do????? You are to ignorant to have a say in the matter.

          12. hicusdicus August 29, 2015

            This ignorant high sounding baby talk moron knows nothing about guns or real life. Just wait until some illegal mesquite Indian spots him as an easy victim.

          13. hicusdicus August 29, 2015

            OMG! You are an ignoramus.You are the one who needs an education.

          14. David August 30, 2015

            Check the falling violent crime rates in those localities with carry permits.

          15. hicusdicus August 29, 2015

            Have you ever been the victim of a mugging in our civilized country?? I have so stuff it.

          16. David August 30, 2015

            You are right! When confronted by a murderer or rapist, we should call the police and wait for them to arrive.

    2. hicusdicus August 29, 2015

      Do you have a drinking problem???????????

    3. 13factfinder September 1, 2015

      How is that regulated drug industry working out for you not to mention the “regulated” immigration system? You talk like a fool. We need to adopt policies of other countries when we are the greatest country in the world. If you don’t think so; GTFO or G__ The F__ Out.

  2. hightaxes August 28, 2015

    Let me explain one thing. All of these so called gun controls only affect the “HONEST” law obing people. You make it harder and harder for a normal person to purchase and own a hand gun. Chances are, if you are derainged, a convict, mentally ill, Psychopath, etc., and you need a firearm, you’re not going to go to a store and attempt to purchase one. You are going to either “STEAL” one or borrow one from another criminal. It’s like being involved in a hit and run accident. You wouldn’t sue the automaker. You have to use your head on issues like 2nd amendment rights.

  3. 13factfinder September 1, 2015

    Allison’s death has been reduced to another attempt by the left to exploit the tragedy in hopes of political gain! What a chump her father is for carrying water for the left using his daughter as fodder for the anti-gun crowd… what a loser, he should be ashamed!


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