Andy Parker, father of slain tv reporter Alison Parker, says he will do ''whatever it takes'' to achieve stricter gun control measures in the United States. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) During a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, the father of slain WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker says he will do "whatever it takes" to have legislation act on "common sense gun safety measures." "I come here still in a state of raw and consuming grief. And I'm not here because I want to be here. I'm here because I have to be here. I'm here because Alison would want me to be here. And in fact, she would insist that I would be here," Parker said. Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward of Roanoke CBS affiliate WDBJ7, were shot during a live interview in August by a disgruntled former station employee who later killed himself. The woman who was being interviewed was wounded and hospitalized. Parker's father, Andy, is urging state and federal lawmakers to take action on gun control, especially to keep firearms out of the hands of people who were mentally unstable. Governor Terry McAuliffe joined him on stage, saying, "I am sick and tired of gutless politicians who are scared of the NRA." The United States had about 34,000 firearms deaths in 2013, with almost two-thirds of them suicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.