Andy Parker, the father of a reporter who was murdered on live television last year, accused the National Rifle Association (NRA) of being the “real terrorists” after the pro-gun group attacked House Democrats’ attempts to pass gun safety reforms.
During an NRA radio show on Wednesday, host Cam Edwards lashed out at Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and other Democrats for holding a sit-in on the House floor.
“So in order to push legislation that the sponsors say would not have prevented the attacks in Orlando, Florida, they’re also going to flout the House rules,” Edwards opined. “Kind of like, you know, criminals and terrorists flout the rules that we have in place right now and will continue to do so?”
Parker responded on Thursday while speaking to CNN’s Carol Costello.
“The real terrorists are the folks at the NRA,” he said. “Those are the terrorists. And unfortunately, you have politicians that are complicit — they’ve pledged allegiance to the NRA versus the United States of America and the safety of its citizens.”
“And I’ve called them treasonous and I will continue to call them treasonous.”
Parker specifically called out House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-MA), who told him that he would never hold a hearing on gun legislation.
“Between him, Mitch McConnell, Mike McCaul and Eddie Munster — I mean, excuse me, Paul Ryan — when you have those people that are obstructionists, if it were up to me they would be wearing orange jumpsuits right now,” he quipped.
Watch the video below from CNN.
“The real terrorist are the folks at the NRA.”- Andy Parker, father of slain journalist Alison Parker.
— Carol Costello (@CarolCNN) June 23, 2016
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