Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr has used his platform during a pre-game press conference to acknowledge the horrific school shooting that has taken place in Texas today and advocate for the lives of all children.
At least 21 people including 18 children were killed when a gunman opened fire on Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Kerr’s team who played Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Final in Texas later in the evening delivered a passionate speech reminding the world that “any basketball questions don’t matter” when children are risking their lives going to school every day.
“In the last ten days, we’ve had elderly Black people killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, we’ve had Asian churchgoers killed in Southern California. Now we have children murdered at school. When are we going to do something?” he asked fighting back tears.
“I’m tired. I am so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to devastate families that are out there. I am so tired of the, excuse me, I am sorry, I am tired of the moments of silence. ENOUGH!”
Kerr, whose father Malcolm was shot and killed by gunmen in Lebanon in 1984, has consistently spoken out about gun reform and repeatedly backed a bill requiring tighter background checks on people purchasing firearms. (The bill passed the US House of Representatives in 2021 but did not get to the Senate.)
“Do you realise that 90 percent of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks – universal background checks? Ninety percent of us. 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. They won’t vote on it because they want to hold onto their own power. It’s pathetic! I’ve had enough!”
His full message below:
Steve Kerr on today’s tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas. pic.twitter.com/lsJ8RzPcmC
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 24, 2022
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