Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr went viral Tuesday night for comments he made about gun control, in the aftermath of the massacre at a Texas elementary school which killed 19 children and two teachers, before the Golden State Warriors faced off against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
However, in 2020, Kerr rallied for police to be taken off of Oakland school campuses. Following the rally, the district voted unanimously to remove the officers from campuses.
In a pre-game presser Tuesday night, Kerr delivered a plea to lawmakers to take action on gun control. “When are we going to do something?” Kerr asked as he slammed his fists on a table.
Kerr added, “There’s 50 senators right now who refuse to vote on HR 8 which is a background check rule that the House passed a couple of years ago. It’s been sitting there for two years. And there’s a reason they won’t vote on it – to hold on to power.”
“So I ask you, 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. That’s what we do every week,” Kerr continued.
The coach then said, “I’m fed up, I’ve had enough. We’re gonna play the game tonight, but I want every person here, every person listening to this, to think about your own child, your grandchild, your mother, father, sister, or brother – how would you feel if this happened to you today? We can’t get numb to this. We can’t sit here and just read about it and go ‘Well, let’s have a moment of silence, yeah, go Dubbs. Come on Mavs, let’s go.'”
“That’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna play a basketball game. And 50 senators in Washington are gonna hold us hostage. You realize that 90 percent of Americans, regardless of political party, want universal background checks? 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.”