Steve Kerr: “I’m tired of moments of silence,” says Warriors coach as he makes strong appeal against gun violence

Kerr refused to talk about basketball before Warriors Series 4 game against the Dallas Mavericks, instead raising his voice as he disagreed with the gun violence in the aftermath of Tuesday’s shooting.

“In the last 10 days, elderly blacks have been killed in a Buffalo supermarket, Asian church members have been killed in Southern California, we now have children being killed at school,” Kerr told reporters at the start of the press conference. conference.

“When are we going to do something? I’m tired. I’m so tired of getting up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there … I’m tired of the moments of silence. Enough.

“There are 50 senators at the moment who are refusing to vote for HR 8, which is a rule-checking rule voted on by Parliament two years ago. It has been there for two years. There is a reason they will not vote for it: keep it. power”.

Last year, House passed HR 8 to extend historical controls to all arms sales – the first congressional move to significantly control arms since the Democrats won the White House.
Currently, no background checks are required for arms sales and transfers by unlicensed and private sellers.

“I’m bored. I’m fed up,” said Kerr, whose father served as president of the American University of Beirut when he was shot dead by gunmen in 1984.

“We’re going to play the game tonight. But I want everybody here, everybody who hears this, to think of your own child or grandchild, mother or father, sister, brother. How would it feel if it happened to you? this today? “

Tuesday’s shooting by a lone 18-year-old gunman who was killed by law enforcement was the second mass shooting in the United States in less than two weeks after a different 18-year-old white supremacist gunman killed 10 black Americans in Buffalo.

Ahead of Tuesday’s game in Dallas, which was preceded by a moment of silence, Warriors guard Damion Lee teamed up with Kerr to call for arms reform.

“It’s just sad,” Lee told reporters. “Obviously, everyone saw Steve’s press before the game. These are exactly the same feelings. The world we live in is sad. We have to reform it.

“Weapons should not be so easily accessible. Like, it’s easier to get a baby formula gun right now. This is unbelievable in this country we live in.”

The NBA said in a statement that it was “devastated by the horrific shooting that took place today in Uvalde, Texas”, while Mavs coach Jason Kidd said before the game that his team would play “with a heavy heart”.

“We will try to play the game. We have no choice. The game is not going to be canceled. But we have to find a way to be professional, to find a way to win and move on,” Kidd said.

“But the news of what is happening, not just here in Texas but across our country, is sad.”

The Mavs won the match 119-109 and were 3-1 behind the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

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