As America mourns the senseless murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, we must also remember that Vicki Gardner, a local tourism official, was shot and injured in the attack. Though Gardner is expected to pull-through, she faces a long and costly convalescence as a bullet grazed her spine.
On Wednesday, Alison Parker’s father conveyed his grief by insisting that Alison’s “legacy” will be gun control efforts pursued by Parker’s father.
However understandable the assertion may be, it is misguided. As the old adage goes, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”
In keeping with this idea, Vicki Gardner’s husband has claimed that he will not blame the gun for his wife’s injury, but will, instead, blame the shooter.
Speaking of Vester Lee Flanagan, the shooter, Vicki’s husband, Tim, said,
“He was bound and determined to try to make a name for himself on live TV because he failed at it so many times. So no, I don’t blame the gun, I blame the guy that was holding the gun.”
It is certainly understandable to want to lash-out and buy into the media narrative that posits that guns cause crime. However, the plain and simple fact is that no law, no amount of background checks will stop murderous intent and we should point our national frustration not at Second Amendment liberties nor at intimate objects like firearms.
Though our nation’s prayers should go out to all who have been affected by this senseless tragedy, we must applaud Mr. Gardner’s willingness to identify who- not what- maimed his wife.