The father of Eric Talley, the police officer who lost his life in recent Colorado mass shooting, spoke out against those using his son’s death to promote anti-gun policy.

“My son would have been deeply offended to know his death would be used to promote gun control,” Homer Talley told TMZ in an interview that came out Thursday. “Before he was an officer, he enjoyed shooting.”

The slain officer’s father confirmed to TMZ that his son, an 11-year vet for the Boulder Police Department, owned an AR-15 and would often go shooting for target practice. The grieving dad said he does not blame his son’s murder on access to legal guns, and he assured the outlet that neither would his son.

After Monday’s shooting at King Soopers grocery store, President Joe Biden appealed for an absolute ban on “assault weapons” that were used to claim the lives of ten people in Boulder, including police officer Eric Talley, who was the first on the scene.

The suspected gunman, a 21-year-old anti-Trump Syrian immagrant named Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, is said to have used an “AR-15-style pistol” during the King Soopers shooting.

“There was an exchange of gunfire, which [sic] the suspect was shot,” Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said on Tuesday during a press conference. “No other officers were injured. The suspect was taken into custody at 3:28 p.m. He was transferred to the hospital for treatment, now in stable condition.”

“Our hearts go out to all the victims killed during this senseless act of violence. We are committed to a thorough investigation and will bring justice to each of these families,” Herold said in a press release. “The Boulder community is strong and compassionate, and I know we will come together to take care of each other during this time.”

There is still no confirmation from authorities on what the suspect’s motive may have been. 

Homer Talley said to TMZ that Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa’s suspected shooting was “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.”

Mr. Talley added that he supports common-sense gun laws, “but to take away that freedom completely is something I am against and my son was against.”

In the meantime, some in Washington, including the president, are politicizing officer Talley’s death to push through more gun restrictions. 

“While we’re still waiting for more information regarding the shooter, his motive, the weapons he used … I don’t need to wait another minute … to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future. [I] urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” President Biden stated in response to the shooting.

“We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again,” Biden added.

Officer Talley’s was laid to rest after a procession on Wednesday, and his bereaved father says he’s already begun healing after his son’s murder.

“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 said to TMZ.

An official GoFundMe page has been put up in honor of officer Talley, who was the father of seven children. The page for the fallen officer has already raised over $500k.

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