“My son would have been deeply offended to know his death would be used to promote gun control,” said Homer Talley, father of the police officer who died after the recent shooting in Colorado.
Talley said in an interview with TMZ that before he became an officer, his son liked to shoot and had an AR-15 that he used for target practice.
Eric Talley was the first officer to respond during the Colorado supermarket shooting and died in the line of duty.
In the wake of the Colorado shooting, President Biden and the Democratic Party are seeking to establish tough gun control and have cited Eric Talley’s death to promote new legislation.
Talley instead did not blame his son’s death on gun access and added that his son would not either.
“While we are still waiting for more information on the shooter, his motive, the weapons he used…I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden said about the shooting.
U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) had also explained that implementing tough gun control in the United States will not necessarily mean that shootings will stop happening.
“Colorado already has universal background checks, a red flag gun control law, large capacity magazine bans, domestic violence gun laws, an extended background check period, state database background checks [and] gun-free zones. Killers like Ahmad Al-Issa don’t follow the law,” she tweeted.
Biden’s plan as president is to implement a law banning assault weapons.
However, while Democrats hope to tighten gun control, in many Republican-dominated states, lawmakers are expanding access to firearms, arguing that such “constitutional carry” measures better protect individual liberties and public safety.
Republicans push for anti-gun control legislation
On Monday, March 22, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee thanked members of the National Rifle Association for helping to push a bill through the state legislature that would eliminate Tennessee’s permit requirement to carry a firearm.
In Iowa, a similar bill, would eliminate the state’s permit requirements to purchase or carry firearms, along with a loosening of other restrictions.
Also in February, the Indiana state legislature also voted to eliminate permit requirements to carry a gun. Other states, including Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina, are considering similar legislation.