July 23, 2012 at 7:15 AM ET
The father of Heath Ledger is calling for America to tighten its gun laws in the wake of the deadly theater shootings in Colorado.
"It's terrible -- the whole circumstances," Ledger's father Kim told Australia's Herald Sun newspaper. "I think what America should be doing is restricting the availability of ammunition or revisiting their gun laws, that's what they should be doing."
The elder Ledger's comments came in response to Friday's shooting at a Cineplex screening "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo., in which 12 died and dozens were injured.
Heath Ledger, who died from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008, played the Joker in the previous film in the Warner Bros. franchise, "The Dark Knight."
Ledger's father made clear that "we can't blame Heath or the character" for the incident.
"It's (The Joker) fictitious. I don't know what this does to the character," he said. "I think that's the least of my worries. I'd be more worried about the families and other people involved in the tragedy.''