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NBA coach Steve Kerr makes passionate plea to US senators after Texas school shooting

Steve Kerr

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has made a passionate plea to US senators to vote into law a bill that would require new background checks for firearm transfers.

19 children and two adults were shot dead at an elementary school by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas, in just the latest mass shooting in the United States.

An NBA game took place between the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors in the same state just hours later, and the horrific incident was very much on the mind of the latter’s coach, Steve Kerr.

Kerr was speaking at a press conference shortly before the game and called on US senators who are against more stringent gun laws in the country to reconsider their stance.

Steve Kerr calls on US Senators to act.

“I’m not going to talk about basketball, nothing has happened with our team in the last six hours. We’re going to start the same way tonight, any basketball questions don’t matter,” Kerr started.

“Since we left shootaround, 14 children [now 19] were killed 400 miles from here, and a teacher. In the last 10 days, we’ve had elderly black people killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, we’ve had Asian churchgoers killed in Southern California, now we have children murdered at school.

“When are we going to do something? I’m tired. I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. I’m tired of the moments of silence. Enough!

“There’s 50 senators right now who refuse to vote on H.R.8, which is a background check that the House passed a couple of years ago. It’s been sitting there for two years. There’s a reason they won’t vote on it. To hold onto power.

“So I ask you, Mitch McConnell, I ask all of you senators who refuse to do anything about the violence in 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 elders and our churchgoers? Because that’s what it looks like.”

The Golden State Warriors coach has been personally affected by gun violence.

Kerr has been personally affected by gun violence, as his father Malcolm was shot dead by Islamic militants in Lebanon in 1984 while he was serving as the president of the American University of Beirut.

The incident in Uvalde is the third mass shooting in the United States this month, as 10 people were killed and three were injured at a supermarket in New York, while one man was killed and eight people were injured at a party in Southern California.

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