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On-air reporter's father: Congress should take on gun lobby

Father of on-air shooting victim urges US lawmakers to improve background checks on gun sales

On-air reporter's father: Congress should take on gun lobby

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The father of shooting victim Alison Parker is urging U.S. lawmakers to defy the powerful gun lobby and pass legislation to strengthen background checks for gun 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. Parker's daughter and WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward were ambushed and fatally shot during a live television interview last month at a community outside Roanoke, Virginia.

Parker was joined at the rally by Virginia Gov. 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.


Updated : 2021-09-27 04:25 GMT+08:00