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Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Delivers Impassioned Speech on Gun Control Following Texas School Shooting - Watch

Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Delivers Impassioned Speech on Gun Control Following Texas School Shooting - Watch

Basketball is the last thing on Steve Kerr‘s mind.

After the Golden State Warriors’ game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night (May 24), the 56-year-old head coach of the Warriors gave a press conference where he didn’t talk about the game, but rather gave an impassioned speech about gun control following the school shooting in Texas.

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“Since we left shootaround, 14 children were killed, 400 miles from here. And a teacher,” Coach Kerr started, referring to the mass shooting that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas earlier that day.

The death toll has since risen to 19 children and two adults. The 18-year-old suspect, a student at Uvalde High School who entered the elementary school with a handgun and possibly a rifle, is also dead, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said.

“When are we going to do something?” Coach Kerr yelled, slamming his fists on the table. “I’m tired. I am so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. I am so tired of the, excuse, I am sorry, I am tired of the moments of silence. Enough!”

Coach Kerr has been very outspoken about gun violence and gun reform over the years. His father was shot and killed in a terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon back in 1984.

Also in his press conference, Coach Kerr referenced the H.R.8, a bill that would strengthen background check rules for gun purchases. The bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives in early 2021, but never got to the Senate floor.

“There’s a reason why they won’t vote on it,” Coach Kerr said. “To hold on to power.”

He then turned to the camera and said, “So I ask you: [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell, I ask all of you senators who refuse to do anything about the violence and school shootings and supermarket shootings. I ask you: Are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of the lives of our children and our elderly and our churchgoers? Because that’s what it looks like. It’s what we do every week.”

“I’m fed up. I’ve had enough,” Coach Kerr added. “We can’t get numb to this. We can’t sit here and just read about it and go, well, let’s go have a moment of silence.”

Coach Kerr slammed the table once more, before concluding, “It’s pathetic. I’ve had enough.”

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