Uvalde shooting: Stunning video shows Warriors’ impassioned Steve Kerr angrily calling on Senators to action

SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr passionately and furiously urged senators to take action during a Tuesday news conference after at least 18 students and a teacher were tragically killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas had been.

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Kerr, whose own father was a victim of gun violence, appeared visibly frustrated when he told reporters he wouldn’t discuss basketball and would still address what happened about 400 miles from Dallas, where the Warriors will play the Mavericks Tuesday night.

“Since we left, 14 children have been killed 400 miles from here, as has a teacher,” he said. “And in the last 10 days, elderly black people have been killed in a Buffalo supermarket.”

He went on to mention the fatal shootings of churchgoers in Southern California, which killed a man trying to stop the gunman and injured several others.

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“When do we do what?” he asked. “I am tired. I’m so tired of standing up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there. I’m so sick of the apology, but I’m sorry, I’m sick of the moments of silence. Enough.”

The head coach then called out the 50 senators and said they refused to vote on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (HR8), which would require background checks on every firearm sale.

“So I’m asking you, Mitch McConnell, asking all the senators who refuse to do anything about violence in school and grocery store shootings, I’m asking you – will you put your own desire for power over our lives?” Children and our elderly and our churchgoers?” said an emotional Kerr.

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He went on to say that the 50 senators in Washington, DC who are refusing to vote on HR8 are holding Americans hostage as a majority supports the bill.

“You know that 90% of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks, universal background checks,” Kerr said. “Ninety percent of us. They’re not going to vote on this because they want to hold on to their own power. It’s pathetic. I’ve had enough.”

As Kerr concluded, he urged everyone to think about their own child, grandchild, mother or father and how they would feel if this happened to them.

“We can’t ignore it,” he said. “We can’t sit here and just read about this and say, ‘Well, a moment of silence.'”

Watch the video player above and read the text below for Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s full speech at the Dallas press conference.

“I’m not going to talk about basketball. Nothing has happened to our team in the last six hours. We’re going to start the same way tonight. All basketball questions don’t matter.

Since we left the shooting, 14 kids have been killed 400 miles from here. And a teacher. And in the last 10 days, elderly black people have been killed in a Buffalo convenience store. We killed Asian churchgoers in southern California. And now we have children who were murdered at school.

When do we do what?

I am tired. I’m so tired of standing up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there. I’m so sick of the excuses, but I’m sorry, I’m sick of the moments of silence. Enough.

There are currently 50 senators who refuse to vote on HRA, which is a background check rule passed by the House of Representatives a few years ago. It has been there for two years. And there’s a reason they won’t vote on it: to stay in power.

So I’m asking you, Mitch McConnell, I’m asking you all the senators who refuse to do something about violence in school and grocery store shootings, I’m asking you – will you put your own desire for power over our lives? Children and our elderly and our churchgoers? Because that’s what it looks like. We do that every week.

So I’m fed up. I’ve had enough.

We’re going to play the game tonight, but I want everyone here, everyone listening to this, to think about their own child or grandchild or their mother or father or their sister or brother – how would you feel if would that happen to you today?

We can’t turn a deaf ear to it. We can’t sit here and just read about it and say, ‘Well, let’s just have a moment of silence. Yes, go dubs.’ You know? ‘Come on Mavs, let’s go.’

We will do that. We’re going to play a basketball game. And 50 senators in Washington will hold us hostage. You know that 90% of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks, universal background checks. Ninety percent of us.

We are being held hostage by 50 senators in Washington who are refusing even to vote on it. Regardless of what we, the American people, want. They won’t vote on it because they want to hold on to their own power.

It’s pathetic. I’ve had enough.”

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