Chris Hurst entered politics in hopes of honoring the memory of his girlfriend and her cameraman, who were killed on TV.
It is a parent’s worst nightmare to get that call that your child has been killed. That’s what happened a year ago when
"The NRA still controls too many politicians. There is no new meaningful common-sense gun legislation."
Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were killed by a former co-worker while viewers watched.
WDBJ Gives Tribute To Alison Parker And Adam Ward on one-year anniversary.
Next week my wife Barbara, Alison's boyfriend Chris Hurst, and I will head back to James Madison University for the School of Media Arts and Design (SMAD) banquet. SMAD was where Alison cut her journalistic teeth, learning from some of the finest professors in the country.
For years, WDBJ7 has hosted a live broadcast of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Roanoke. Management had asked who wanted to emcee the event, and Alison immediately volunteered. I miss her stories, and I miss her at the parade she should have been covering this year.
Now we know that the deal was made over an oyster dinner with NRA lobbyists and their legislative minions. No one on our side was at the table. The deal nearly fell apart when a senior Republican said on a radio program that the agreement was "a huge expansion of gun rights."
I saw her face on news channels over and over. Everyone told me to shut down the television, don't look, but I could not. I watched every single ugly time I saw her scream.
“Had I continued to stand, I would not be here talking to you."