On the morning of August 26, 2015, a horrific event unfolded on a live television newscast. Twenty-four-year-old reporter Alison Parker, and twenty-seven-year-old photojournalist Adam Ward, were murdered and their interviewee, Vicki Gardner, was shot, but survived. Their killer not only planned the act, but strapped a GoPro to his head, filmed it and posted it to social media. Receiving that news would change any parent and Alison’s father Andy Parker, was certainly no different.
Andy Parker has worked to develop commonsense gun legislation with activists such as the Giffords organization, the Brady Campaign, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. He’s appeared on all the major television networks and been interviewed by numerous other publications. He and his wife Barbara run the For Alison Foundation, which creates opportunities for children in southern Virginia to experience the arts.