A visibly angry and shaken Steve Kerr on On Tuesday evening condemned senators, especially Republican leader Mitch McConnell, for inaction on gun legislation, hours after the gunman killed 19 children and two elementary school teachers in city in western Texas of Uvalde.
“When are we going to do something?” Kerr, Golden State Warriors head coach shouted at a press conference in front of his team was set to accept on Dallas Mavericks in game four of NBA Western Conference Finals. teams we playing in Dallas, over 300 km from site of massacre.
“I beg you, Mitch McConnell, I beg everyone of you are senators who refuse to do anything about violence, school shootings and supermarket shootings – I ask you, are you going to fulfill your own desire? for power forthcoming of life of our children and our seniors and our parishioners? – he said. – Because it looks like it. like.”
McConnell’s Twitter account wrote on On Tuesday afternoon, he was “horrified and heartbroken” by the “heinous violence against innocent schoolchildren.”
“The whole country is praying for in children’s families, teachers and staff, as well as first defendants on stage,” the tweet read.
kerr, who refused to discuss basketball during his speech, was also referring to the mass shooting 10 days ago at the Buffalo store grocery store, where the armed racist targeted mostly black people and also attack on Asian parishioners of a California church under investigation for hate speech crime. Both happened within past two weeks.
He also mentioned HR8, a bill that would expand background checks for gun purchases. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed it. in 2019, but the measure will be need to clear 60-vote filibuster threshold in evenly divided senate. Republicans, many of supported by the National Rifle Association have successfully thwarted several attempts to impose restrictions on access to the guns.
“We are being held hostage by 50 senators. in Washington who refuse to even put it on the vote, despite the fact that we Americans people, wantKerr said. — They wont vote on this is because they want Keep on to their own power. It’s a pity.” coach slammed on the table for underline a few times during his plea.
Kerr made his remarks shortly before President Joe Biden addressed the nation on Tuesday evening. “We as a nation must ask when in God’s name we will stand up to gun lobby. When in Name of God, we do what we all know in do we need to make our intestines?” the president said.
Golden State Warriors official Twitter and YouTube accounts posted video of emotional plea for real action on gun violence. Venture capitalist Joe Lacob team is the majority owner.
Kerr’s father, Malcolm Kerr, was killed by gunmen in Lebanon in 1984 while serving as President of American University of Beirut. coach and former NBA player often weighed in on social questions and is advocate for gun the control.
“We can’t ignore this,” Kerr said Tuesday night.