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Andy Parker


Gun safety activist & author of For Alison: The Murder of a Young Journalist and a Father's Fight for Gun Safety.

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Praise for Andy Parker...

  • “Andy Parker suffered the unimaginable loss of his daughter to gun violence. His exemplary activism in gun safety is a testament and a tribute to his great love for her.”

    –Julianne Moore, Actress

Andy Parker: Speech Topics


① A Father's Fight for Gun Safety


On August 26, 2015, Emmy Award–winning twenty-four-year-old reporter Alison Parker was murdered on live television, along with her colleague, photojournalist Adam Ward. Their interviewee was also shot, but survived. People watching at home heard the gunshots, and the gunman’s video of the murder, which he uploaded to Facebook, would spread over the internet like wildfire.

In the wake of his daughter’s murder, Andy Parker became a national advocate for commonsense gun safety legislation. The night of the murder, with his emotions still raw, he went on Fox News and vowed to do “whatever it takes” to end gun violence in America. Today he is a media go-to each time a shooting rocks the national consciousness, and has worked with a range of other crusaders, like Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Lenny Pozner, whose son was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School and brought suit against Alex Jones and Infowars, who claimed the shooting was staged. In For Alison, Parker shares his work as a powerhouse battling gun violence and gives a plan for commonsense gun legislation that all sides should agree on. He calls out the NRA-backed politicians blocking the legislation, shares his fight against “truthers,” who claim Alison’s murder was fabricated, and reveals what’s ahead in his fight to do whatever it takes to stop gun violence.

Parker’s story is one of great loss, but also resilience, determination, and a call to action. Senator Tim Kaine, also a fierce advocate for commonsense gun laws, contributes a moving foreword.


Andy Parker: Books


For Alison: A Father's Fight for Gun Safety

A father’s account of the story that captivated America, the murder of his daughter, reporter Alison Parker, on live television, and his inspiring fight for commonsense gun laws in the aftermath … ➡︎

Andy Parker: Bio



      
O​n A​ugust 26, 2015, the lives of Andy and Barbara Parker changed forever when their daughter Alison, a journalist for WDBJ7, was murdered on live television near Roanoke, Virginia. While his emotions were still raw, Andy vowed on national television to do “whatever it takes” to end gun violence in America. The phrase turned into a national rallying cry to fight for life-saving firearms policies. Since then, he has traveled across the country to speak on behalf of ballot initiatives and pro "gun sense" political candidates. Andy has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, and international outlets and has been a contributor to the Huffington Post, Newsweek, Washington Post, and New York Daily News.

Andy retired as an executive recruiter for the banking industry in 2015, and his past resume also includes politician and professional actor who performed on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, and in national touring companies.

In February 2016, Andy, Barbara and Alison’s boyfriend Chris Hurst created the For Alison Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating arts opportunities for children in southern Virginia. www.foralison.org.

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ANDY PARKER


Gun safety activist & author of For Alison: The Murder of a Young Journalist and a Father's Fight for Gun Safety.

SPEECH TOPICS

① A Father's Fight for Gun Safety


On August 26, 2015, Emmy Award–winning twenty-four-year-old reporter Alison Parker was murdered on live television, along with her colleague, photojournalist Adam Ward. Their interviewee was also shot, but survived. People watching at home heard the gunshots, and the gunman’s video of the murder, which he uploaded to Facebook, would spread over the internet like wildfire.

In the wake of his daughter’s murder, Andy Parker became a national advocate for commonsense gun safety legislation. The night of the murder, with his emotions still raw, he went on Fox News and vowed to do “whatever it takes” to end gun violence in America. Today he is a media go-to each time a shooting rocks the national consciousness, and has worked with a range of other crusaders, like Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Lenny Pozner, whose son was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School and brought suit against Alex Jones and Infowars, who claimed the shooting was staged. In For Alison, Parker shares his work as a powerhouse battling gun violence and gives a plan for commonsense gun legislation that all sides should agree on. He calls out the NRA-backed politicians blocking the legislation, shares his fight against “truthers,” who claim Alison’s murder was fabricated, and reveals what’s ahead in his fight to do whatever it takes to stop gun violence.

Parker’s story is one of great loss, but also resilience, determination, and a call to action. Senator Tim Kaine, also a fierce advocate for commonsense gun laws, contributes a moving foreword.
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O​n A​ugust 26, 2015, the lives of Andy and Barbara Parker changed forever when their daughter Alison, a journalist for WDBJ7, was murdered on live television near Roanoke, Virginia. While his emotions were still raw, Andy vowed on national television to do “whatever it takes” to end gun violence in America. The phrase turned into a national rallying cry to fight for life-saving firearms policies. Since then, he has traveled across the country to speak on behalf of ballot initiatives and pro "gun sense" political candidates. Andy has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, and international outlets and has been a contributor to the Huffington Post, Newsweek, Washington Post, and New York Daily News.

Andy retired as an executive recruiter for the banking industry in 2015, and his past resume also includes politician and professional actor who performed on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, and in national touring companies.

In February 2016, Andy, Barbara and Alison’s boyfriend Chris Hurst created the For Alison Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating arts opportunities for children in southern Virginia. www.foralison.org.

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