Slain reporter’s father guns for the NRA with a media blitz; ‘they messed with the wrong family’

andyparker0831The father of the young television reporter gunned down during a live broadcast Wednesday morning is ready for battle with the NRA – and he’s not shy about getting his daughter’s connection with the media to back him up.

“We cannot let this drop,” Andy Parker, father of Alison Parker, said on CNN’s  “State of the Union” on Sunday. “Alison was one of you guys … she was part of the media. It could have been anyone out there doing this.”

That quote came at the start of Parker’s eight-minute interview with Jake Tapper. He ended on much the same note.

In between, Parker – a former Democrat candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates – made it clear that he doesn’t plan on letting his daughter’s death go without doing his best to push some kind of gun control legislation.

Even making allowances for a father’s grief, and the very human determination to wrest meaning out of tragedy, Parker’s media mongering seems excessive.

As he told Tapper, he’s been doing interviews all week since his daughter, Alison Parker, and cameraman Adam Ward were shot to death by a deeply disturbed black former co-worker bent on avenging perceived racial injustice.

In one interview he gave Friday, he complained that U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner – both Democrats – hadn’t bothered to reach out to his family to express their condolences.

In other interviews, Wednesday night and Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after his daughter died, he blasted the NRA, saying that “if Alison or Adam had been carrying an AK-47 strapped around their waist, it wouldn’t have made any difference. They couldn’t have seen this thing coming.” (He repeated that point — verbatim — Sunday.)

In all of the interviews, in fact – during the entire 96 hours between his daughter’s death and his interview with “State of the Union” on Sunday – he reiterated the same point. He’s not going to be deterred by gun rights supporters like the National Rifle Association if he can make his daughter’s death be the catalyst for changing gun laws in the United States.

“They messed with the wrong family,” he said.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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