NBA coach Steve Kerr declined to talk about basketball during a press conference last night because of the massacre at an elementary school in Texas in which 19 children were shot. Instead, the Golden State Warriors coach gave an emotional speech in which he spoke in a trembling voice in favor of stricter gun laws. The controversial clip has already been viewed millions of times on social media.
“All basketball questions are indifferent,” Kerr began the press conference, visibly emotional, before the final against the Texas team Dallas Mavericks. “Over the past ten days, black seniors have been murdered in a grocery store in Buffalo, and Asian churchgoers have been murdered in Southern California. Now children have been murdered in school. When are we going to do something? ” the basketball phenomenon grumbled and clapped his hands on the table, barely holding back tears. ‘I am so tired of standing here and expressing my condolences to the families who have been devastated. I’m tired of those minutes of silence. That’s enough! “
Kerr, 56, who has been the head coach of the Golden State Warriors since 2014, has said he has repeatedly supported a bill that would require stricter background checks for those seeking a firearm. The bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last year, but did not ultimately succeed in the Senate. Kerr says there is a reason the senators will not vote for it. “To maintain their power,” sighed the coach.
As a Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden promised to pass tougher gun laws to reduce the country’s tens of thousands of annual deaths due to firearms. Biden and his party members, however, do not have enough votes for it in Congress. According to Biden, this is partly due to the arms lobby, which is particularly influential in rural areas, and sparsely populated states. The states where gun ownership is widespread have a disproportionate representation in the U.S. Senate, where 60 votes out of a hundred are needed to pass most of the legislation.
U.S. coach Kerr, whose father was shot and killed in the 1980s, has gradually gotten enough and made an urgent appeal to the senators as he looked directly into the camera lens. “I ask you, senators who refuse to do anything about the violence, the school shootings and the supermarket shootings. I ask you: Does your own desire for power take precedence over the lives of our children and our elders and our churchgoers? Because that’s what it looks like. is what we do every week. “
Kerr fought back tears and appealed to all journalists and viewers of the press conference. Everyone who listens, think of your own child or grandchild, or mother, father, sister or brother. How would you feel if it happened to you today? We can not become numb to this. We can not sit here and read about it and think, let’s have a moment of silence. ‘
“We are being held hostage by 50 senators in Washington who refuse to vote for change at all because they want to retain their own power. While 90 percent of the American people want tighter control, they consider their position of power more important than that of children and the elderly. life. I’m done with that. I’ve had enough! ” snorted the coach, after which he resigned and angrily left the room.
the Firearms Act
The gun laws debate has flared up completely after the Texas massacre. Biden urged his countrymen to stand up against the arms lobby and have them pressure parliament to pass “sensible gun laws”.
On Tuesday, an 18-year-old gunman opened fire on an elementary school in the town of Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio, before he was killed by police officers. The children at the school are aged from seven to ten years.
“Their parents will never see their child again, never let them jump in bed and cuddle with them,” Biden said. “As a nation, we have to ask ourselves: When the hell are we going to stand up to the arms lobby?” And: “We must act”, to which he proposed a ban on assault weapons and other “sensible gun laws”.
Matthew McConaughey calls for action after the Texas massacre
Matthew McConaughey believes the United States should no longer wait to take action after Tuesday night’s massacre in his hometown of Uvalde, which left at least 21 people dead. “We all know we can and must do better.”
“Again, it is tragically proven that we are not responsible for the rights our freedoms give us,” the 52-year-old actor wrote on Instagram. “We can not breathe again, make excuses and accept this tragic reality as the status quo.”
McConaughey, who was considering running for Texas governor last year, says the shooting is part of a bigger problem. “The call to any American now is to look further and deeper in the mirror and ask ourselves what we really value and how we solve the problem,” he writes. “This is an epidemic that we can control, and no matter which side we are on, we all know we can do better. We must do better. Action must be taken so that no parents have to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others went through before them. ”
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