The father of slain Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley said his son was a keen advocate of the Second Amendment and would have despised his death being used for political benefit.
Homer Talley said his son Eric Talley was a keen supporter of gun rights and had an AR-15 for target practice. According to TMZ, Homer Talley said amid the controversy erupting about gun control, and even though the tragedy cost him his son, he doesn’t blame gun access and doesn’t believe Eric would.
“My son would have been deeply offended to know his death would be used to promote gun control. Before he was an officer, he enjoyed shooting,” The 11-year veteran was among ten people slain at a King Soopers supermarket on Monday.
On March 16, alleged school shooter Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa purchased an AR-15-style Ruger AR0556 pistol, which had just been made legal in the region.
President Biden is considering executive orders on weapons safety, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, after the shooting.
Homer Talley called Alissa’s alleged crime “abusive … a senseless act, and that is just it. The situation [Eric] found himself in wasn’t one that the government could protect him from.”
He continued: “Just because some wacko goes around shooting people doesn’t mean guns need to be taken away. You can’t take away enough guns to protect this country.”
“My family and my son are people of faith. We understand forgiveness, and that is necessary for not just the shooter, but for ourselves,” he told a reporter.
Nexstar’s KDVR interviewed Homer Talley hours after his son was identified as the officer shot in the mass killing.
“He was a man of heart who loved his job,” Homer Talley stated. Eric Talley leaves behind seven children ranging in age from 7 to 20 years old, and he identified him as someone who cherished his family.