The father of murdered TV journalist Alison Parker called Thursday for federal lawmakers to take action on gun control.
"We have to do whatever it takes to fix this problem," Andy Parker, whose daughter Alison was killed on live TV while she conducted an interview last month, said at a Washington, D.C., rally, the New York Daily News reported
. "I know that weakening the stranglehold of the gun lobby won't happen overnight. I know, too, that passing background check laws won't prevent all acts of gun violence from taking place."
"But we must keep the pressure on our lawmakers until they do the right thing. And if they won't, find their replacement," he continued.
Parker was one of several family members who spoke about the impact of gun violence at a rally organized by Everytown for Gun Safety in America. The group, which is connected to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, organizes Americans to end gun violence, its Facebook page said.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also spoke at the rally, and the News quoted him as saying that he was "sick and tired of gutless politicians who are scared" of the NRA. "It is time to act," the Democrat said.
WDBJ, the Virginia station where Alison Parker
worked when she and cameraman Adam Ward were killed, said Andy Parker has been speaking out for tougher gun control laws ever since his daughter died.
"The overwhelming majority of Americans agree with commonsense reforms," WDBJ quoted Parker as saying at the rally.
Everytown is using its Twitter account to post photos of relatives of the victims of gun violence, writing, "@NRA stop mocking their pain." Andy Parker was featured in one of those posts.
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