Andy Parker made his first visit to Washington and spoke at a “National Whatever It Takes Day” rally on Capitol Hill.
Parker’s daughter, along with photographer Andy Ward, were killed on live television as they reported for a Roanoke, Virginia television station.
At that time Parker pledged to in his words, “do whatever it takes” to end gun violence in the United States.
“I come here still in a state of raw and consuming grief. And I’m not here because I want to be here, I am here because I have to be here. I’m here because Alison would want me to be here and in fact, she would insist that I be here,” Parker said.
The Thursday event was organized by two groups lobbying for greater gun control.
Parker and the groups are demanding legislation to lower gun violence that kills 88 Americans and hurts hundreds more every day.