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Virginia Shooting: Alison Parker's Father in Gun Reform Appeal

Offbeat  (tags: Guns, Gun Control, Law, USA )

- 1301 days ago -
The father of Alison Parker, one of two journalists killed live on air, has appealed to US President Barack Obama to push through tougher gun laws.


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Teresa W (782)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 2:31 pm

Kathleen M (210)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 3:13 pm
Sadly shared and noted. Thanks, Ray.

Animae C (507)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 4:09 pm
"You need to do this... I will help you do this and the press is with you on this because they just lost one of their own,"
"Mr President you need to do this. Please do it. Please do it for us and for other people so they're not going to lose their Alisons and their Adams,"

Last month, he (The President) told the BBC the failure to pass "common sense gun safety laws" was the greatest frustration of his presidency.


Past Member (0)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 9:24 pm
The gun laws_culture in the US needs addressing badly+must change.

Sandra S (40)
Friday August 28, 2015, 9:35 am
NYPD’s Miller: Gunman In Killings Of Va. Reporter, Cameraman A ‘Classic Injustice Collector’:

Grieving TV Station Comes Together After Deaths Of Alison Parker, Adam Ward

August 27, 2015

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The gunman who killed two Virginia journalists on live TV was a “classic injustice collector,” the NYPD’s deputy police commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism said Thursday.
Speaking on “CBS This Morning,” John Miller said shooter Vester Lee Flanagan II, the former WDBJ-TV reporter known by his on-air name Bryce Williams, showed textbook behaviors in the killings of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.
“He exhibited all the classic behaviors, the pathway behaviors, which is all the preparation he went through to do this,” Miller said. “He didn’t throw this together the day before yesterday. He bought that camera, he practiced with it, he obtained the guns and so on — the following and stalking behavior, the identification of selective victims.”
Miller said “classic injustice collectors” are people who feel they “aren’t making it and they’re blaming it on everybody else along the way.”
“What was his injustice? He viewed himself as a guy who should be here, on network news , and unfortunately he found the most terrible way to get there and to be that lead story,” he said…
CBS News' Jeff Pegues reported that law enforcement sources say Flanagan legally purchased two Glock pistols from a Roanoke gun store on July 10.

Miller said unless a person is mentally adjudicated incompetent by a court, neither irregular behavior, nor hostility nor a record of multiple firings would be reported by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
"And you see with a lot of these people that they planned and executed their attack with such rational planning that they're able to mask the signs of mental illness that others see," Miller said.

Athena F (131)
Friday August 28, 2015, 11:26 am

Birgit W (160)
Friday August 28, 2015, 1:13 pm
Why Americans are so gun crazy is a mystery to me, but the 1% is certainly earning a lot of money on you.

John Coleman (18)
Friday August 28, 2015, 1:16 pm
Yeah gun control is the standard fall back position by 'progressives" in these cases especially when they don't have another political axe agenda item to grind and even more so in cases like this one where the crime was committed by a person who had a race and sexual orientation agenda that could not be attacked from one of their PC perspectives. Actually it appears he was a multiple affirmative action failure and that made him angry at whites and straights. Once again as well we hear the same trite "recommendations" like "background checks" when background checks were in place and he passed when he made his purchases. There is a huge problem as well defining exactly what "mental health issues" constituent a reason to put a hold in the instant check database even when governments do do their part to update the database which didn't happen in the Charleston SC church shooting case where the shooter's record was not up to date..

Colleen L (3)
Friday August 28, 2015, 1:32 pm
Agree with John's comment. They will never learn until it's too late. I keep praying that things will change. Thanks Ray

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday August 28, 2015, 3:00 pm
Noted. Thanks, Ray.
I'm way past sick & tired of the way the NRA controls Congress & the media. Is "shooting one of their own" actually going to make the media change? Doubtful. Even Hillary Clinton pulled her punches. This is beyond crazy.
Quite awhile back, I took a stand that as long as the NRA wants to keep spouting that "every single person in the U.S. should be armed," then I am taking the stand that I want to see the U.S. go the same way Great Britain and Australia have. No guns. Period.

Sandra S (40)
Friday August 28, 2015, 3:45 pm
"No guns. Period."

Totally disagree!!!

Sandra S (40)
Friday August 28, 2015, 3:48 pm
Another green star, John.

Jeannet Bertelink (74)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 12:16 pm

Amy L (112)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 9:26 am
The politician's all have blood on their hands.
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