Family: Hero officer slain during Boulder mass shooting would have been ‘deeply offended’ by calls for gun control

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BOULDER, CO – The family of slain hero officer Eric Talley, who gave his life rushing to the aid of others during the mass shooting in Boulder last week, said he would not want his murder to be used as an excuse for gun control.

President Biden did just that during a speech following the shooting that claimed ten lives.

Homer Talley, father of the slain officer, told TMZ that the 11-year veteran of the Boulder Police Department was a strong advocate for gun rights and loved to target practice with his AR-15. Talley said he did not blame gun access for his son’s death, and does not think his son would either:

“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.”

Following the shooting at the south Boulder King Soopers grocery store on March 22 which claimed ten lives, President Joe Biden gave a national address to express condolences to the victims and their families.

During the address, the President used the incident to call for a ban on assault weapons despite not having information on the type of weapon used in the shooting:

“While we are still waiting for more information regarding the shooter, his motive, the weapons he used, the guns, the magazines, the weapons, the modifications that apparently have taken place to those weapons that are involved here, I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour to take common-sense steps that will save the lives in the future.

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

 

Talley said the calls for gun bans would not have protected his son:

“(The attack 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.

“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.”

 

While praising Officer Talley for his bravery and sacrifice, President Biden called for the Senate to pass two gun control bills already under consideration:

“He (Officer Talley) thought he would be coming home to his family and seven children, but when the moment came, Officer Talley did not hesitate in his duty, making the ultimate sacrifice to save lives, that’s the definition of an American hero.

“The Senate should immediately pass, let me say it again, the United States Senate, I hope some are listening, should immediately pass the two House-passed bills that close loopholes in the background check system.

“This should not be a partisan issue. This is an American issue that will save lives.”

Homer Talley said that both he and his son have always been strong supporters of the Second Amendment right to bear arms:

“To take away that freedom completely is something I am against and my son was against.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, disputed that gun access was the cause of the increase in gun violence like that seen in Boulder, arguing that the rise was attributable to calls to defund police:

“We can’t reduce violence in our communities without a professional, well-trained and fully funded police force. This includes gun violence. The rallying cry during the riots last summer was defund the police. Cities that followed that advice saw a rapid spike in violent crime.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that Democrats always push for gun control following a mass shooting, but that gun control would not stop the violence:

“Every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders,” he said. “What happens in this committee after every mass shooting is Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens, because that’s their political objective.”

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Police chief: Gun used in Boulder mass shooting turns out to be a pistol, not an ‘assault rifle’

March 27, 2021

 

BOULDER, CO – In a twist regarding the investigation of the Boulder mass shooting that occurred earlier in March, it turns out that the weapon used by the alleged perpetrator is classified as a pistol instead of a rifle.

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold recently verified that the firearm used in the mass shooting at King Soopers was a legally purchased Ruger AR-556 pistol, which is likely to obfuscate talking points gun-control proponents have used in reference to the tragedy while promoting a new ban on “assault rifles”.

During a press conference that occurred during the morning of March 26th, Chief Herold stated the following:

“The firearm used by the suspect in King Soopers on March 22 is a semi-automatic Ruger AR-556 pistol.”

For the sake of brevity, we’ll move past the rhetoric of what is or is not an “assault rifle” and instead examine what exactly is the AR-556 pistol that was allegedly used in the Boulder shooting.

As odd as it may seem, despite the general optics of the firearm, the Ruger AR-556 in question is a pistol.

The specifications of the firearm notes that it hosts a 10.5-inch barrel length, an overall weapon length that ranges between 25.3 to 27.9 inches and has a magazine capacity that holds up to 30 rounds.

For a firearm to be legally classified as a rifle within the United States under federal law, the barrel must be 16 inches or greater in length.

Basically, the Ruger AR-556 pistol is about 5.5 inches shy in barrel length to be considered a rifle.

But it’s also worth pointing out that the average barrel length for a run-of-the-mill pistol is slightly over 5 inches.

Yet, there’s apparently numerous iterations of AR-styled pistols that typically host barrel lengths between 7 and 10.5 inches.

Interestingly, the inception of the AR-style pistols was mostly inspired as a means to circumvent the NFA tax stamp requirements allocated for what was legally defined as “short barreled rifles”, according to Wide Open Spaces contributor Ryan Ross:

“The National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) defined any rifle with a shoulder stock and barrel less than 16 inches in length and 26 inches in overall length to be a ‘short barreled rifle’ (SBR) and required a citizen to fill out a BATFE Form 4 and pay a $200 NFA Tax Stamp.”

“In 1934, $200 was a lot of money and was viewed by many as a back-door gun control measure, among other things. The AR pistol was developed to get around that NFA restriction since tax stamp waiting times are still longer than most would prefer.”

However, will the reality of the weapon used in Boulder being a bona fide pistol actually dissuade gun-reform proponents from encouraging gun control legislation centered on “assault rifles”? Honestly, it probably won’t.

 

 

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