Steve Kerr condemns senators for inaction on guns

A visibly angry and shaken Steve Kerr on Tuesday night condemned senators, particularly Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, for failing to act on gun legislation, hours after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in the West Texas town of Uvalde.

“When are we going to do something? Golden State Warriors head coach Kerr shouted at a press conference before his team was set to face the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals. The teams were playing in Dallas, more than 300 miles from the site of the massacre.

“I’m asking you, Mitch McConnell, I’m asking you all the senators who refuse to do anything about the violence, the school shootings and the supermarket shootings – I’m asking you, are you going to push through your own desire for power before the lives of our children? and our elderly and our worshipers?” he said. “Because that’s what it looks like.

McConnell’s Twitter account wrote on Tuesday afternoon that he was “horrified and heartbroken” by the “disgusting violence directed at innocent school children.”

“The entire country is praying for the children, families, teachers, staff and first responders at the scene,” the tweet read.

Kerr, who declined to discuss basketball during his remarks, also referred to a mass shooting 10 days ago at a Buffalo grocery store where a racist shooter targeted mostly black people, as well as an attack against Asian parishioners at a California church that is being investigated for a hate crime. Both happened within the past two weeks.

He also mentioned HR8, a bill that would expand background checks for gun purchases. The Democratic-controlled House passed it in 2019, but the measure is expected to cross the filibuster threshold of 60 votes in the equally divided Senate. Republicans, many backed by the National Rifle Association, have successfully fought off several attempts to impose gun access restrictions.

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

Kerr made his remarks shortly before President Joe Biden addressed the nation on Tuesday evening. “As a nation, we must ask ourselves when, in the name of God, will we stand up to the gun lobby. When, in the name of God, will we do what we all know we must do?” said the president.

The Golden State Warriors Official Twitter and YouTube accounts posted the video of Kerr’s emotional plea for real action against gun violence. Venture capitalist Joe Lacob is the majority owner of the team.

Kerr’s father, Malcolm Kerr, was killed by gunmen in Lebanon in 1984 when he was president of the American University of Beirut. The coach and former NBA player has often weighed in on social issues and championed gun control.

“We can’t stay indifferent to this,” Kerr said Tuesday night.

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