Andy Parker is now widely known as the father of the slain reporter killed on live television. He announced that he will be seeking to become known as an advocate for gun control. It came to light that the shooter was racially motivated and decided to buy the gun in wake of the shooting in Charleston this past June.
“I’m telling you, they messed with the wrong family,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday on State of the Union. This person, to me, he doesn’t even register,” Andy Parker said Sunday of Flanagan, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. “What registers is he was mentally disturbed and he was allowed to pass a background check.”
Mr. Parker said that he will be in contact with Mark Kelly, the wife of Gabby Giffords, who was also shot in an attack.
“I’m going to be working on this for a long time. I know that this is not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” he said, adding that he’d work on the issue with Chris Hurst, Parker’s boyfriend and an employee of the same Virginia television station according to Fox 8.
Parker said he and Hurst want to “put this thing together and make a difference and speak as one voice and hold the politicians’ feet to the fire.”
“It is a mental health issue,” Parker said. “But there’s a linkage there between guns and mental health. And there’s got to be some kind of protocol established so that we keep people from getting guns.”
“You always think there’s a tipping point. We thought that when Gabby was shot, you know, something would happen. With Sandy Hook, something would happen. With Aurora, something would happen. And it never did,” Parker said.
“But I think people recognizing who the victim was and what she represented and how kind and sweet and innocent she was, I think this time it’s going to be different,” he said.
The problem with this train of thought is that it will do next to nothing in an attack like this. The problem is that the reporters and multiple bystanders had every opportunity to arm themselves just as much as the shooter did.
Mental instability will not stop a criminal from obtaining a firearm. Background checks will not stop criminals, nor will measures put in place that measure one’s mental stability.
Stop trying to make it difficult for normal law abiding citizens to procure a firearm to defend themselves. All you are doing is providing more opportunity for racist criminals to kill the innocent.
Mr Parker, please don’t waste your time tramping on the Second Amendment. I don’t like people that try to take my rights away…