Warriors coach Steve Kerr angrily condemns senators for inaction on guns after Texas school shooting

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  • “When are we going to do something?” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr shouts at a press conference before his team takes on the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Apparently shaken and furious, Kerr made the remarks hours after a gunman killed 18 children at an elementary school in the western Texas town of Uvalde.
  • The coach and former NBA player ousted Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.

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An apparently angry and shaken Steve Kerr on Tuesday evening condemned senators, particularly Republican leader Mitch McConnell, for failing to act on gun legislation, hours after a gunman killed 18 children and at least Killed an adult at an elementary school in the western Texas city of Uvalde. ,

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“When are we going to do something?” Golden State Warriors head coach Kerr shouted at a press conference before his team prepared to take on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. The teams were playing in Dallas, 300 miles from the massacre site.

“I ask you, Mitch McConnell, I ask all of you senators who refuse to do anything about violence and school shootings and supermarket shootings – I ask you, will you put power ahead of our children’s lives? and our elders and our church-goers?” They said. “Because that’s what it looks like.”

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Kerr, who declined to discuss basketball during his remarks, was also referring to a mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store 10 days earlier where a racist gunman targeted predominantly black people, along with Simultaneously attacked an Asian parishioner in a California church. Being investigated as a hate crime. Both happened within the past two weeks.

He also mentioned HR8, a bill that would expand background checks to gun purchases. The Democratic-controlled House passed it in 2019, but the measure would need to clear the 60-vote filibuster limit in an equally divided Senate. Republicans, many of whom are supported by the National Rifle Association, have successfully thwarted several attempts to ban access to guns.

“We are being held hostage in Washington by 50 senators who refuse to even vote for it, despite what we, the American people, want,” Kerr said. “They won’t vote for it, because they want to hold on to their power. It’s pathetic.” The coach slammed the table several times for emphasis during his argument.

Kerr made his remarks shortly before President Joe Biden addressed the nation on Tuesday night. “As a nation we have to ask when in the name of God are we going to stand in front of the gun lobby. When in the name of God we do what we all know must be done in our stomachs?” The President said.

The Golden State Warriors official twitter And YouTube accounts posted video of Kerr’s emotional plea for real action on gun violence. Venture capitalist Joe Lacob is the majority owner of the team.

Kerr’s father, Malcolm Kerr, was assassinated by gunmen in Lebanon in 1984 while he was serving as president of the American University of Beirut. The coach and former NBA player has often focused on social issues and has been an advocate for gun control.

“We can’t be shocked at this,” Kerr said Tuesday evening.



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