The father of Alison Parker, one of two journalists killed live on air, has appealed to US President Barack Obama to push through tougher gun laws.

“You need to do this… I will help you do this and the press is with you on this because they just lost one of their own,” Andy Parker told the BBC.

Staff at WDBJ TV in Virginia have been mourning the loss of his daughter, a reporter, and cameraman Adam Ward who were shot dead LIVE on air by a disgruntled ex-colleague on Wednesday.

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