The Miami Heat were ahead of Wednesday’s 5th game in the Eastern Conference finals with a minute’s silence in honor of the victims of the mass shootings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Describing the attack that killed 19 students and two teachers and left several other injured “horses”, the Heat urged their fans to contact their state senator to support “common sense gun laws” and pushed them to sign up for to vote.
The call to action was met with a warm response from the crowd.
Miami’s message after the moment of silence:
“Heat urges you to contact your state senator by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message asking for their support for common sense gun laws. You can also make changes to the ballot box. Visit Heat.com / vote to register and leave your voice will be heard this fall “.
Arms control is once again a major issue after Tuesday, especially in Florida, where the state’s Republican leadership is currently pushing for a change in state law that allows residents to carry hidden weapons without a license. Florida Gov. Ron de Sandis has vowed to sign the bill before the end of his term, while Democrats have urged the state legislature to move in the opposite direction.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra commented on the shooting before the match on Wednesday, telling reporters he wanted to see action.
“Obviously, it was just tragic news yesterday. I left filming the other day, and it was before Game 1, I went straight to school to pick up my boys. My wife was a high school teacher. We’re just devastated by the news and no I can even imagine how this community and families feel in this scenario, going to school and seeing all the police cars and everything.
“It just keeps happening. I know everyone says there has to be a call to action. I think what makes people do it is just understand it, including me. We do not have the answers, but we want to be heard so that it can be heard. force people who can really make a difference.
Reactions to Uvalde’s shooting have come from all over the sports world, including an MLB pizzeria that attended Robb Elementary. Probably the loudest voice came from the other final of the NBA convention, where Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr directly criticized the Senate Republicans for refusing to pass a history review bill.