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.

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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].


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

  1. Kenneth Clark says:

    But sir, No Gun restricting law would have prevented your daughters murder.

  2. Mary Brown says:

    Tell me how the NRA had anything to do with this! NRA lobbying budget last year was around $25 million, Bloomberg alone spent EIGHT TIMES that on anti-gun crap. Time to quit blaming a tool and start blaming the person!

    1. wanda5245 says:

      He is a Democratic politician himself. Just another liberal willing to use even his own daughter’s death to push his liberal agenda!!

  3. SusieQ says:

    There is also someone else that this father needs to focus on. Barack Hussein Obama. That is where the hate originated. Al Sharpton called to the duty to spread the word. This way Barry’s hands are clean but the job gets done by the insane that follow the madman president’s agenda.

    This murderer Of these reporters is no different than the other miscreants on the march of destruction, just so insane he centered on his obsession, his hate of white people and his worship of all things Obama fueled the fire and called him to action.

    Listen to Farrakhan and the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter speak. Where do you think this comes from? You’d have to be deaf and blind not to know the cunning agenda against the police and the unfairness rhetoric of whites and against blacks that Obama has been using to provoke this horrific criminal activity.

    Obama should be impeached.

  4. C. Merose says:

    I understand this man is grieving so I didn’t say anything for a few days. Now, I am over being nice. What happened to these young people is dreadful, awful and heinous. Blaming the NRA? This guy has lost all sight of sanity.

  5. kazzer66 says:

    ‘They’ messed with the wrong family? Who is ‘they’? The mental demons that drove this nutjob to murder two innocent people, are the only ‘they’ involved.

  6. Bill Baldwin says:

    “They mess with the wrong family”…

    Who is this “they” he keeps speaking of? It was a him that messed with his family and that him is now dead. Dude seems paranoid. I think he should be served with one of those gun violence restraining orders he’s now pushing. He seems crazy and he only wants to gun to hurt himself or others.

  7. Arlie Gordon says:

    I am a major proponent of the 2nd amendment. But, I would be behind any legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Unfortunately, I have yet to see any legislation that will do that.

    1. Shorty Stuff says:

      Where have you been for the last 77 years? The firearms act of 1938 made it illegal for felons to possess firearms. If anything, we need to keep firearms out of the hands of libtards, especially the ones that voted for obama. After all, liberalism is a mental disorder … look it up.

  8. Voice_of_Reason says:

    “they”? you mean angry, black, gay, non-NRA members??

  9. ljaycee says:

    Tell me what law would have prevented this from happening? Typical gun grabbing liberal.

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