Steve Kerr has had enough.
On May 24, 18 children and three adults were killed in a mass shooting. at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed the deaths of the victims, as well as that of the shooter, an 18-year-old.
Before the Warriors-Mavericks matchup in the Game 4 Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, Golden State’s head coach took the microphone to condemn the shooting and delivered an impassioned speech, urging US senators to reconsider. their positions on arms reform in the country.
Steve Kerr on today’s tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas. pic.twitter.com/lsJ8RzPcmC
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Kerr’s speech in full:
I’m not going to talk about basketball. Nothing has happened with our team in the last six hours. Let’s start the same way tonight. Any basketball question doesn’t matter.
Since we came out of the shooting, 14 children have been killed, 400 miles from here, and one teacher. And in the last 10 days we’ve had elderly black men killed in a supermarket in Buffalo. We have had Asian parishioners murdered in Southern California. And now we have children murdered at school. When are we going to do something?
I’m tired, I’m so tired of coming up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there, I’m so tired of the, I’m so tired of the moments of silence. Enough.
There are 50 senators right now who refused the HRA, which is a background check rule that the House passed a couple of years ago. He has been sitting there for two years. And there’s a reason they won’t vote for him: to stay in power.
So I ask you, Mitch McConnell, I ask all of you Senators who refuse to do anything about the violence, the school shootings and the supermarket shootings, I ask you: Are you going to put your own desire first? power to the lives of our children? ? And our elders? And our parishioners? Because that’s what it looks like. It’s what we do every week. So I’m done, I’ve had enough, let’s play the game tonight.
But I want each person here, each person listening to this, to think about their own child or grandchild or mother or father or sister or brother: How would you feel if this happened to you today?
We cannot become insensitive to this. We can’t sit here and just read about this and say, ‘Well, let’s have a moment of silence. Go Dubs.’ ‘Come on Mavs, let’s go.’ That’s what we’re going to do. Let’s go play a basketball game. And 50 senators in Washington will take us hostage.
You realize that 90 percent of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks, universal background checks, 90 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 for him because they want to hold on to their own power. It’s pathetic. I’ve had enough.
Kerr has often been one of the most outspoken coaches in the league about gun reform in recent years.
As Kerr mentioned, Tuesday night’s Warriors-Mavericks Game 4 in Dallas, Texas, is scheduled.