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Virginia shooting: Alison Parker's father calls for stricter gun control - 'If Alison had an AK 47 it wouldn’t have made any difference'

Published 27/08/2015

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
This screenshot from WDBJ-TV7, in Roanoke, Va., shows reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward. Parker and Ward were killed, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, when a gunman opened fire during a live on-air interview in Moneta, Va. (Courtesy of WDBJ-TV7 via AP)

Just over 24 hours after Alison Parker was shot to death on live television, her father Andy Parker spoke about the need for increased gun control laws in the United States.

“We’re not talking about, you know, someone going to Syria and being in the cross hairs of ISIL,” he said to CNN.

“We’re talking about two young people that were doing a benign story about a Marina opening and someone, a crazy person with a gun shoots them. And I know the NRA (National Rifle Association) — I can hear it now. They’re going to say, ‘Oh gee, if they were carrying, this never would have happened.”

“[Well] if Alison or Adam had been carrying an AK 47 it wouldn’t have made any difference. They couldn’t have seen this thing coming.”

He added: “I’m challenging you the media, because again, this was one of your own, and I know how the business works.

"It’s a great story for a couple of days and then it goes to the back burner and nothing happens.

"But I can promise you and I can promise the American people I’m not going to rest until I see something get done here.”

Speaking to Washington DC's WTOP FM, Virginia governor, Terry McAuliffe, called for stricter background checks.

"There are too many guns in the hands of people that shouldn't have guns. There is too much gun violence in America."

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Vester Flanagan (Bryce Williams) dies in hospital after Alison Parker and Adam Ward murdered during live television broadcast  

On Wednesday morning, Vester L. Flanagan shot dead former WDBJ7  co-workers Alison Parker (24) and cameraman Adam Ward (27) during a live broadcast on a breakfast show.

The former WDBJ7 presenter, who was fired from the station two years ago, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound later that evening after he was cornered by police following on high-speed chase – during which he posted a video of attack on Ms Parker and Mr Ward.

After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2013 - when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children - news coverage of gun control in the media surged. However, it quickly declined through 2013.

It was only executive action by US president Barack Obama and the US Senate debate over a background check bill that kept the story in the news.

When politicians in Washington stopped arguing over the bill, media coverage of the issue mostly disappeared.

At a presidential campaign event in Iowa this morning, Hilary Clinton said that something has to be done to prevent more "carnage" like the shooting in Virginia.

"I was just so stricken to think that these two young people doing the work that you guys do every single day would be murdered on live television," Clinton said.

"And I will extend my condolences and sympathies to their families … but I will also reiterate, we have got to do something about gun violence in America. And I will take it on."

President Obama also expressed concern over the gun culture in the US, saying, the number of people who die from gun-related incidents in the US "dwarfs" any deaths that happen through terrorism.

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