Slain Reporter’s Father Admits Pushing Gun Control That Wouldn’t Saved His Daughter

By AWR Hawkins

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Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)- Beginning August 26 2015 – the very day that WDBJ reporter Alison Parker was gunned down–her father, Andy Parker, made clear that he is dedicating himself to gun control and that he is sick of “coward” politicians who do not support more gun laws.

In just over four days he has gone from pushing to close so-called loopholes in background checks, to supporting the expansion of background checks, to supporting more regulations on gun show sales, to supporting the implementation of “gun violence restraining” orders throughout the country.

Regarding the latter, he admits that gun violence restraining orders wouldn’t have saved his daughter’s life, but he is determined to push them anyway.

The push began on August 26 2015 when Fox News’ Megyn Kelly gave Andy carte blanche to set forth his gun control desires. During the airing of The Kelly File, Kelly asked Parker to share his “message” and he said:

I’m not going to let this issue drop. We’ve got to do something about crazy people getting guns. And, you know, and the problem that you guys have is that — and I know it’s the news business and this is a big story. But next week it isn’t going to be a story anymore and everybody is going to forget it. But you mark my words, my mission in life — and I talked to the governor today. He called me and he said — and I told him, I said, I’m going to 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.

Yet as Breitbart News previously reported, there are no “loopholes” in the background check system. Although Flanagan was admittedly angry and churning inside, there were no legal grounds on which to deny him a gun purchase. No one has come forward to show that he had a criminal record or had been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation or involuntary mental health treatment, so no criteria exists to deny him a gun purchase.

On August 27 2015 he said he was willing to be the John Walsh of gun control–the very face of gun control in the same way that Walsh is the face of law enforcement’s efforts to catch America’s Most Wanted.

According to Huffington Post, Andy said:

If I have to be the John Walsh of gun control and — 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.

Throughout August 27 215 and into the 28th Andy’s pledge for gun control expanded to include background checks on all purchases at gun shows.

Yet the impotency of gun control measures like background checks is demonstrable. For example, Vester Lee Flanagan–the man who shot Alison Parker–passed a background check for the Glock 19 he used in the attack.

Think about this list of attackers and alleged attackers, all of whom passed a background check for their guns:

  • John Russell Houser (Lafayette)
  • Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez (Chattanooga)
  • Dylann Roof (Charleston)
  • Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi (Garland)
  • Jared and Amanda Miller (Las Vegas)
  • Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara)
  • Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood 2014)
  • Darion Marcus Aguilar (Maryland mall)
  • Karl Halverson Pierson (Arapahoe High School)
  • Paul Ciancia (LAX)
  • Andrew John Engeldinger (Minneapolis)
  • Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard)
  • Tennis Melvin Maynard (West Virginia)
  • Wade Michael Page (Sikh Temple)
  • James Holmes (Aurora theater)
  • Jared Loughner (Tucson)
  • Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood 2009)
  • Jiverly Wong (Binghamton)
  • Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech)
  • Naveed Haq (Seattle)
  • Mark Barton (Atlanta).

And attackers who did not go through background checks–men like Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook) and Jacob Roberts (Clackamas Town Center)–stole their guns, so no amount of gun control would have stopped them.

Yet Andy is pushing to expand background checks to cover more sales and is dedicated to “shame” opponents into going along with him.

Mediaite.com reports that by August 30 Andy was pushing “gun violence restraining orders.” He admitted that an order “wouldn’t have saved Alison,” comparing the law to a seat belt that you put on when drive, “but there’s no guarantee it’s going to save your life.” Yet he said “gun violence restraining orders” are “something, and that’s the next step that [he’s] trying to accomplish.”

According to the Huffington Post, Andy believes his gun control push could prove dangerous, thus he is getting a gun for protection. Andy said he cannot “take any chances.”

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Eric X Equis
Eric X Equis
5 years ago

Anyone else notice since he became the new posterboy for gun control, he hasn’t muttered the words “Vester Flanagan” yet? This man has serious mental issues (denial, displacement, etc) and should be seeking help, not ponying up to the cameras!

Maluka
Maluka
5 years ago

My prayers go out to the families of those who died and were injured at the hands of this nut. Remember the HUMAN NUT did this. The tool is not to blame anymore than cars are to blame for the vehicle related deaths. Blaming it on the “tool” is like saying rosie o’donnell is fat because the world has spoons and forks. The entire country has back ground checks and still the NUTS can get a firearm on the street and many other places e.g. thefts etc. Sorry for Mr & Mrs Parker but instead of wasting your time on… Read more »

Al Schmidt
Al Schmidt
5 years ago

The Parkers should be suing the station that Ms Parker worked for. They knew he was deranged, were threatened by him when they fired him & knew he was still in town. They were obligated to provide security for their employees. That said, it is ultimately your own responsibility to provide your own defense. That is just 1 reason for the 2nd Amendment.

james
james
5 years ago

It is unfortunate that lives were lost that morning in VA.

You can not legislate what is inside the mind of an individual who wants to harm or kill another citizen.

Each day drivers run red lights, ignore school bus stop arms, drive DUI DWI,
the criminal element takes to the streets and take lives, commit crimes.

Laws are tools for the prosecution after a crime has occurred.

oldshooter
oldshooter
5 years ago

I find it terribly ironic that Mr. Parker, who must certainly be both depressed and angry at the moment (and his statements clearly suggest that he is both), would be prevented from buying or having a gun by the very policies he is now touting – and he has just stated that he thinks he may need to buy a gun to protect himself, now that he has “come out for gun control.”
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of “irony,” it is the opposite of “wrinkly,” at least according to my wife’s Tee shirt.

james
james
5 years ago
Reply to  oldshooter

I would honestly say the man should not have a firearm at this time,
he is too emotionally charged and should take some time to grieve.

He plans on going to DC to meet with former Rep Giffords, her husband former astronaut Mark Kelly and
Michael Bloomberg.

fmark
fmark
5 years ago

I agree, more gun control laws wouldn’t have saved his daughter. Also, more guns in more hands would not have saved her. I’m what many of you would call a liberal, but I get it. GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM! The problem is people not knowing how to get along with one another. And until that gets into the conversation people will continue hurt one another whether it’s with a gun or just calling someone an ass.

CapnDad
CapnDad
5 years ago

Anyone that would use the death of their child to push a political view is an ass. Anyone who would carry a gun for personal protection and tell me I can’t is an ass. This guy is a Harpo Marx lookalike loser. He forfeited all sympathy from me for his loss when he employed his child’s death to get on the news.

Kenneth McDaniel
Kenneth McDaniel
5 years ago
Reply to  CapnDad

I am in total agreement with you, Capndad!

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

I feel for this man and his family. He is being exploited by the left and does not even realize it.

When something terrible happens we all go though the 5 stages of grief. It is part of the healing process. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.

The left seizes on this and keeps these grief strikes families locked into the Anger and Bargaining stages for years. Anger that it is the NRA’s fault and Bargaining that if only we had more gun control this would never have happened.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Does this manure-for-brains psychotic really believe that the NRA is that powerful?

The NRA’s pubic-relations efforts are impressive, yes, but the NRA represents only 5% of the private firearms owners in this country. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the firearms industry’s trade association… it represents manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers … and IT is the real – and very professional – “Gun Lobby” in America.

The gun-control idiots are barking at the wrong tree…

Tommie
Tommie
5 years ago

(According to the Huffington Post, Andy believes his gun control push could prove dangerous, thus he is getting a gun for protection. Andy said he cannot “take any chances.”)

Sorry for his loss, but Andy Parker is a hypocrite!

Jim
Jim
5 years ago

Its ok for him but not for us jest a dem lib

Paul
Paul
5 years ago

21 violents who passed the federal background check and caused horror. Now, how about a state background check ? Another minute of time to wait. And I am ultra pro-gun, for non violents.

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul

‘You cannot legislate against a madman’ – Winston Churchill.

Martin
Martin
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Colorado has a background check, but that didn’t stop Holmes from getting the guns he used to shoot up the theater in Aurora. AND, he had all of the warning signs including going to a psychiatrist. Now, see how much good that did? He still passed the background check.
A lot of bad guys who have firearms buy them on the street or steal. Laws will not do any good and Law Enforcement can’t really stop this from happening because people file law suits when the police become “pro-active”, it called a “police state”.