Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Tuesday passionately appealed to Congress to enact gun control after a mass shooting that took place in Uvalde, Texas, killing at least 18 children and three adults.
At a press conference ahead of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals in Dallas, a visibly shaken Kerr said he was “fed up” and banged the table in frustration.
““When do we do what? I am tired. I’m so tired of standing up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there.””
Kerr particularly criticized the inaction of the US Senate, which stalled legislation on universal background checks for gun purchases, an issue supported by the vast majority of American voters.
“I’m so tired of standing up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there. I’m tired of excuses, I’m tired of moments of silence. Enough! There are 50 senators who are refusing to vote on HR-8, which is a background check rule passed by the House of Representatives two years ago,” he said. “They won’t vote on this because they want to hold on to their own power. It’s pathetic. I’ve had enough.”
“I ask you: will you put your own desire for power over the lives of our children, our elderly and our churchgoers? Because that’s what it looks like,” Kerr said.
“I’m fed up. I’ve had enough,” Kerr continued. “We’re going to play the game tonight. But I want everyone here, everyone listening to this, to remember their own child, grandchild, mother, father, Sister, brother thinks – how would you feel if this happened to you today? We mustn’t go deaf!”
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Kerr is one of the most socially conscious coaches in professional sports and has spoken out numerous times on social issues. Gun violence hits Kerr especially near his home; his father, a professor at the American University of Beirut, was shot dead in 1984.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/warriors-coach-steve-kerr-rips-congress-for-inaction-on-gun-control-its-pathetic-11653440173?rss=1&siteid=rss Warriors coach Steve Kerr tears up Congress over gun control inaction: ‘It’s pathetic’