Father Of Slain Journalist Alison Parker: “Mark My Words,” I Will Do “Whatever It Takes To Get Gun Legislation” Passed

From the August 26 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File:

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CHRIS HURST (BOYFRIEND OF ALISON PARKER): I have posted on my Facebook page that I report on mental health issues, and I have since last year when a state senator was stabbed by his son. So I think we need to be very careful with how we identify this man and we don't label him and then discriminate against everybody else who has a mental illness in this country who needs access to services. But clearly something went wrong here between him leaving our station, and being able to purchase a gun and commit a premeditated act. What happened behind us was clearly wrong. But there had been ample beforehand where many, many other things went wrong. Those need to be addressed. Not any of the allegations he is saying about the love of my life, the daughter that he loved, a cameraman who deeply loved his fiancée, who is the morning show producer, and she loved him back in equal measure.


MEGYN KELLY (HOST): I want to give you the chance to offer your message, because it must be so hard to come on television hours after you've lost someone. I raised the point about the camera man's heroic actions only because I was moved by them as a journalist. But I want you to have the chance to say what you want to say.

ANDY PARKER (FATHER OF ALISON PARKER): Well, I appreciate that. Alison, she was only 24 years old. She only turned 24 a week ago. And yet, she lived a great life. I mean she did a lot of stuff. She excelled at everything she did. And she loved what she did. She loved the people that she worked with. She was happy with her place in life. So, you know, we can only take some solace in the fact that she had a wonderful life. She was extremely happy. And she loved this guy with all her heart. And that's, that's the toughest thing for me. Everybody that she touched loved her and she loved everybody back.

And, you know, I'm not going to let this issue drop. We've got to do something about crazy people getting guns. And, you know, and the problem that you guys have is that -- and I know it's the news business and this is a big story. But 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 he said -- and I told him, I said, I'm going to do something, whatever it takes, to get gun legislation to shame people, to shame legislators into doing something about closing loopholes in background checks and making sure crazy people don't get guns. And he said, you go, I'm right there with you. So, you know, this is not the last you've heard of me. This is something that is Alison's legacy that I want to make happen.


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