On August 28, Tim Gardner, husband of Virginia shooting victim Vicki Gardner, said he does not blame the gun for his wife’s shooting. Rather, he blames the man who was holding the gun and pulled the trigger.
Vicki is the woman Alison Parker was interviewing when Vester Lee Flanagan opened fire.
According to Fox News, Tim Gardner said one of Flanagan’s bullets “grazed [Vicki’s] spine” without doing the damage a direct hit would have done. Tim expressed gratitude that it was not a direct hit and that it missed major blood vessels, as well.
He then stressed that the gun was not the issue, making clear his belief that Flanagan “would have acquired a knife or machete even if he didn’t have access to a gun.”
Tim said, “He was bound and determined to try to make a name for himself on live TV because he failed at it so many times. So no, I don’t blame the gun, I blame the guy that was holding the gun.”
The father of slain TV reporter Alison Parker says he will make it his mission to try to change gun laws.
Andy Parker said outside of WDBJ-TV on Friday that he supports stronger gun laws and says people at gun shows should have to a background check before they can make purchases.
He says he has talked with Gov. Terry McAuliffe about gun laws, but was disappointed that he hadn’t heard from Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.
Parker says he doesn’t own a gun, but he believes he will have to buy one now that he is going to be a public advocate for stronger gun laws.
He says politicians need to stand up to the NRA and that his daughter’s murder will not be in vain. Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were gunned down by a former colleague on Wednesday.
Interesting that the father feels the need to buy a gun because he wants more gun restrictions……..