Virginia TV cameraman slain on live broadcast to be mourned Monday

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Andy Parker: Father of dead Virginia journalist says he will work to ensure ‘some good comes from this evil’.

The father of a young journalist shot and killed with her cameraman during a live broadcast, has said he will devote his life to “seeing that some good comes from this evil”. “Last Wednesday, my daughter Alison was brutally struck down in the prime of her life by a deranged gunman.

Now Andy Parker, whose daughter Alison could have been anyone’s daughter last week, speaks with more anger and more clarity about guns than any politician running for President.Jeff Marks, WDBJ 7 general manager, speaks during an interfaith service held in the Shaftman Performance Hall at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Va., on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (Natalee Waters | The Associated Press) ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Salem High School will open its doors to the community Monday to commemorate the life of an alumnus — Adam Ward, the 27-year-old cameraman for a Roanoke television station who was slain on live TV last week. Since then I have stated in numerous interviews with local, national and international media that I plan to make my life’s work trying to implement effective and reasonable safeguards against this happening again,” Mr Parker wrote in the Washington Post. “In recent years we have witnessed similar tragedies unfold on TV: the shooting of a congresswoman in Arizona, the massacre of schoolchildren in Connecticut and of churchgoers in South Carolina.” Ms Parker, 24 and cameraman Adam Ward, 28, journalists with the WBDJ7 station in Roanoke, died last week after being shot by a disgruntled former colleague. The family of Ward, a 2007 graduate of the school, has asked visitors to wear colors of his favorite teams, Virginia Tech and Salem High, where he played football for the Spartans on two state championship teams.

So Alison Parker’s father, talking to the country from a place in his heart raw with grief, will be the latest parent to find out what it is like to go up against the permanent government of guns in America, and against his own government, one too cowardly to do enough about background checks that aren’t tough enough and gaping gun-show loopholes that are so often big enough and wide enough that 16-wheelers can drive through them with ease. Mr Flanagan had accused the station of racial discrimination and rambling letters discovered since his death suggested he was struggling with mental health problems. Already, not even a week after Alison Parker and Adam Ward are shot dead on live television in Virginia, Andy Parker sees how it goes every time we bury more dead because of gun violence, sees how the dogs bark and the caravan moves on.

The shame of America isn’t immigration, even as Scott Walker, desperate to get some sort of traction, actually talks about building a wall between the United States and Canada, perhaps as a way of keeping us all safe from hockey players. He claimed many politicians were cowards and accused them of being in the pocket of the National Rifle Association, a gun industry and users advoacy and lobbying group. “I am entering this arena with open eyes. The shootings occurred as thousands of viewers across the central Virginia community watched and the footage quickly spread to millions on social media.

Mr Parker finished his article by recalling the week before his daughter was killed and a rafting trip she took to the Nantahala River in North Carolina with him, her mother, her boyfriend, Chris, and her close friend Katy. “We told each other often the mantra all paddlers must keep in mind while fighting the force of the rapid water: Never stop paddling. Michael Bloomberg, whose Everytown for Gun Safety is one of the proudest and most important advocacy groups for gun control in modern American history, continues to spend his own money on political races from coast to coast, even as he is mocked constantly by the NRA and its lapdogs in Congress. Ward and Ott, of Gibbstown, New Jersey, were planning to get married in July 2016. “Adam, I will never find a man so happy, selfless, protective, funny, or charming like you. Cuomo acted before anybody else in the aftermath of Sandy Hook Elementary, with the NY SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) that officially gave New York State the toughest gun laws in the country.

Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, another loud and angry spokesman for gun sanity, went right at Bernie Sanders last week, essentially calling out Sanders’ record on gun control, which is tame at best, even as Sanders tried to make himself sound tougher than Ray Kelly on guns when he went on Sunday morning television. Really, these emails are parents speaking to other parents about unspeakable loss, wanting the federal government to find a way to make gun killings in this country at least a little more difficult.

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