Slain journalist’s parents rally against gun violence in Richmond

The Parkers

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Not even two months after their daughter’s death, the parents of murdered journalist Alison Parker are turning their grief into action. On Saturday, the couple continued their quest to do “Whatever it Takes” to reduce gun violence.

“We just want our children to be safe. We want to know that this country is safe for our children and I think most people believe and know how important that is,” explains Parker’s mom Barbara.

“We’re not advocating taking people’s guns away,” explained Andy Parker, “We’re advocating that legislators change the laws to prevent people that shouldn’t have guns from getting them.”

The Parkers rallied in Richmond with supporters of Dan Gecker, a candidate for state senate who also supports “common sense gun legislation.”

“We’re not advocating taking people’s guns away,” explained Andy Parker, “We’re advocating that legislators change the laws to prevent people that shouldn’t have guns from getting them.”

The Parkers found an ally in Colin Goddard, a victim of the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. Thirty-two people died in that horrific shooting. Goddard survived but he lives today with three bullets in his body.

“When I continued to see more shootings happen to more people in this country, here in the Commonwealth and nothing getting done about it, i just couldn’t sit by anymore,” Goddard says.

Parker Family

He and the Parkers are all advocating for more rigorous background checks.

Barbara Parker likens the horrific shootings across our nation to a cancer. A disease that needs to be treated and snuffed out.

“We cannot sit by and say oh well, this is just the way life is,” she says. “This is not what life should be in this great country.”

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