The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Re­porter’s dad joins gun fight

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ROANOKE: Andy Parker’s re­solve to fight for gun con­trol formed in the hours af­ter his daugh­ter was shot and killed on live tele­vi­sion in the US.

In his first in­ter­views af­ter the tragedy, he briefly men­tioned the is­sue as he eu­lo­gised Ali­son. Yesterday, he was pledg­ing a full-scale fight for tougher gun laws.

‘‘This will be my mis­sion,” he said on na­tional TV.

Mr Parker is start­ing his bat­tle in un­for­giv­ing ter­ri­tory. Gun own­er­ship is part of the fab­ric of south­ern states like Vir­ginia. “I’ve got to do some­thing go­ing for­ward that makes her life mean­ing­ful. And this is the way to do it,” Mr Parker said.

Vir­ginia Gover­nor Terry McAuliffe, a gun owner, has promised to help fight for stronger back­ground checks for gun buy­ers. “There are too many guns in Amer­ica and there are clearly too many guns in the wrong hands,” Mr McAuliffe said yesterday.

Yet it was un­clear what mea­sures would have pre­vented Vester Flana­gan from buy­ing the gun he used to kill re­porter Ali­son Parker and cam­era­man Adam Ward as they con­ducted a live in­ter­view on air.

With no ap­par­ent crim­i­nal record or other dis­qual­i­fy­ing in­ci­dents in his past, Flana­gan passed a back­ground check to buy his weapon.

 ??  ?? LAW OF GUN: Ali­son Parker’s last mo­ments. Pic­ture: AFP
LAW OF GUN: Ali­son Parker’s last mo­ments. Pic­ture: AFP

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