Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr reacted to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday by calling for more gun control and saying US senators refuse to pass such measures for fear of losing their grip on power.
At Tuesday’s press conference ahead of the Dallas Mavericks game, a visibly emotional and outraged Kerr chastised the US government for refusing to ‘do something’ about gun violence – talking points he pushed after the shooting in Sacramento last April.
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“When are we going to do something? Kerr exclaimed. “I’m tired, I’m so tired of getting up here and then offering my condolences to the devastated families out there and I’m so tired of moments of silence. Sufficient!”
Without details of Tuesday’s shooting and whether or not the shooter obtained the gun illegally, Kerr then called on U.S. senators to pass Bill HR8 for universal background checks. According to Kerr, senators will not pass the bill for entirely selfish reasons.
“There are currently 50 senators who refuse to vote on HR8, which is a background check rule the House passed a few years ago. He’s been there for two years and there was a reason they won’t vote. To keep power,” he said.
“So I ask you, Mitch McConnell, I ask you all the senators who refuse to do anything about the violence in the school shootings and the supermarket shootings, I ask you: are you going to pass your own desire for power before the lives of our children and our elderly and our worshippers, because that’s what it looks like,” he continued.
Kerr practically repeated statements he made after the Sacramento shooting in April, which, as Awr Hawkins noted at the time, occurred despite the fact that California had already passed the very laws that Kerr offers.
Background checks through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) system have existed in all states since the mid-1990s. Additionally, California adopted universal background checks in the 1990s, which means every gun sale in the state–retail or private– requires a background check to be legal.
So the background checks that Kerr is pushing already exist in California.
In his impassioned speech on Tuesday, Kerr admitted he was “fed up” with the current situation and challenged people to come out of their moments of silence.
“We cannot remain insensitive to this,” he said. “We can’t sit here and just read about this and say, ‘Well, let’s have a moment of silence.'”
“50 senators in Washington are going to take us hostage,” he continued. “Do you realize that 90% of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks, universal background checks? 90 percent of us. 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.
“They won’t vote because they want to retain their own power. It is pathetic. I’ve had enough, ”he concluded, storming away.