Uvalde, Texas, school shooting: Steve Kerr condemns senators for inaction on guns

A visibly offended and shaken Steve Kerr on Tuesday night condemned senators, notably Republican chief Mitch McConnell, for failing to behave on gun laws, hours after a gunman killed 19 youngsters and two academics at an elementary school within the west Texas city of Uvalde.

"When are we going to do something?" Kerr, the Golden State Warriors' head coach, shouted at a press convention earlier than his staff was set to take on the Dallas Mavericks in sport 4 of the NBA's Western Conference Finals. The groups have been taking part in in Dallas, over 300 miles from the location of the bloodbath.

"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?" he mentioned. "Because that's what it looks like."

McConnell's Twitter account wrote on Tuesday afternoon that he was "horrified and heartbroken" by the "disgusting violence directed at innocent schoolkids."

"The entire country is praying for the children, families, teachers, and staff and the first responders on the scene," the tweet learn.

Kerr, who refused to debate basketball throughout his remarks, was additionally referring to a mass taking pictures 10 days in the past at a Buffalo grocery retailer, the place a racist gunman focused primarily Black folks, in addition to an assault on Asian parishioners at a California church that’s being investigated as a hate crime. Both occurred throughout the previous two weeks.

He additionally talked about HR8, a invoice that may broaden background checks for gun purchases. The Democratic-controlled House handed it in 2019, however the measure would want to clear the 60-vote filibuster threshold within the evenly divided Senate. Republicans, lots of whom are backed by the National Rifle Association, have efficiently swatted away a number of makes an attempt to impose restrictions on entry to guns.

"We're being held hostage by 50 senators in Washington who refuse to even put it to a vote, despite what we, the American people, want," Kerr mentioned. "They won't vote on it, because they want to hold on to their own power. It's pathetic." The coach slammed the desk for emphasis a number of instances throughout his plea.

Kerr made his remarks not lengthy earlier than President Joe Biden addressed the nation Tuesday evening. "We as a nation have to ask when in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby. When in God's name do we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?" the president mentioned.

The Golden State Warriors' official Twitter and YouTube accounts posted the video of Kerr's emotional plea for actual motion on gun violence. Venture capitalist Joe Lacob is the staff's majority proprietor.

Kerr's father, Malcolm Kerr, was killed by gunmen in Lebanon in 1984 whereas serving as president of the American University of Beirut. The coach and former NBA participant has usually weighed in on social points and has been an advocate for gun management.

"We can't get numb to this," Kerr mentioned Tuesday night.

based mostly on website supplies www.cnbc.com

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