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TV shooting reporter Alison Parker's father urges Congress to fight gun lobby

Published 10/09/2015

Andy Parker speaks at a rally against gun violence on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)
Andy Parker speaks at a rally against gun violence on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)

The father of Virginia shooting victim Alison Parker has urged Congress to defy the gun lobby and pass laws to strengthen background checks for firearm purchasers.

Andy Parker told a Capitol Hill rally that "we can, we must, and we will" prevail over opponents of new background check legislation, such as the National Rifle Association.

Mr Parker's daughter and WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward were shot dead during a live television interview last month at a community outside Roanoke.

Mr Parker was joined at the rally by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state's two senators.

They urged Congress to revisit a failed 2013 vote on legislation requiring background checks for online gun sales and purchases at gun shows.

Photos on social media show Alison Parker and Adam Ward had often worked together
Photos on social media show Alison Parker and Adam Ward had often worked together

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