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Father of slain reporter talks gun control

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- 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.

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When the survivor of the on-air TV shooting awoke from surgery Thursday, her first communication with her family was concern for the families of the two slain journalists.

That's according to Vicki Gardner's boss, Troy Keaton. He said Friday that Gardner expressed condolences to the families of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.

They were killed by a former employee of the station Wednesday as they interviewed Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Chairman Troy Keaton says Gardner continues to improve.

Gardner lost a kidney and part off her colon from being shot in the back by Vester Flanagan. Flanagan later took his own life.

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