As you’ve probably heard about by now, 17 people were killed (and many others wounded) in a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday afternoon. The alleged shooter was a 19-year-old former student who used an AR-15 assault rifle to attack his former teachers and classmates.
As the political lefts and rights stir up the usual arguments and counter-arguments over increased gun control and the Second Amendment, the media asked Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr about the incident after a game on Wednesday evening. You may think it’s strange to ask a professional basketball coach about a deeply violent and political act, but Kerr has a history of giving out eloquent, to-the-point, common sense responses to multiple political controversies, including President Trump’s attempted immigration ban and the NFL national anthem protests.
As per usual, Kerr was brutally honest in his opinions in the wake of this latest tragedy.
Steve Kerr on the massacre in Florida today, again speaking up for gun law reform pic.twitter.com/YHRaN6K9tX
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 15, 2018
Steve Kerr on gun violence after a school shooting today in Florida pic.twitter.com/1uC2cvwQIT
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 15, 2018
Full text of Kerr’s comments, in case the above tweet doesn’t work for anyone.
“Nothing has been done. It doesn’t seem to matter that children are being shot to death day after day in our schools. It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at concerts and a movie theater. It’s not enough to apparently move our leadership and our government and the people running this country to actually do anything. That’s demoralizing.”
“We can do something about it. We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect people’s lives and not just bow down to the NRA because they finance their campaign for them. Hopefully we’ll find enough people, first of all, to vote good people in. And hopefully we find enough people with the courage to help our citizens remain safe and focus on the real safety issues, and not building some stupid wall for billions of dollars that has nothing to do with our safety and actually protect us from what is truly dangerous, which is maniacs with semi-automatic weapons that are just slaughtering our children. It’s disgusting.”
Unfortunately the those in favor of increased gun control in the Unites States, it never seems to get any closer to being a reality. When 20 dead kindergarten students at Sandy Hook Elementary wasn’t reason enough to make a change, it doesn’t seem like anything will make a difference now. Nonetheless, Steve Kerr continues to be a voice of reason in the strange world we live in.