The father of reporter Alison Parker, one of the two Virginia journalists shot and killed on Wednesday morning during a live newscast, called hours later for legislators to pass stricter gun control legislation.
During an interview on Wednesday night with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Andy Parker said that while he is still in a state of shock, “anger is starting to creep in” as he mourns his daughter.
“We’ve got to do something about crazy people getting guns,” he said. “Next week, it isn’t going to be a story anymore, and everybody is going to forget it. But you mark my words, my mission in life, and I talked to the governor today — he called me — and I told him, I said, ‘I’m going to do something, whatever it takes, to get gun control legislation to shame legislators into doing something about closing loopholes and background checks and making sure crazy people don’t get guns.'”
Parker said that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) supports his call for gun control legislation.
Earlier on Wednesday, Parker released a statement saying that he and his wife were “numb, devastated.”
“Alison was our bright, shining light and it was cruelly extinguished by yet another crazy person with a gun. She excelled at everything she did and was loved by everyone she touched,” Parker said. “She loved us dearly, and we talked to her every single day. Not hearing her voice again crushes my soul. Our family can only take solace in the fact that although her life was brief, she was so happy with it.”
Watch Megyn Kelly’s interview with Andy Parker and Alison’s boyfriend, Chris Hurst, via Fox News: