US basketball coach Steve Kerr, a former Chicago Bulls player and teammate of Michael Jordan, has appealed to US senators like Mitch McConnell after the school shooting in Texas
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr delivered an emotional speech about the Texas school shooting during a news conference in Dallas.
Kerr, who lost his own father to gun violence, called on the 50 state senators who have yet to sign the background check bill to do so.
Sometimes he got emotional and covered his teary eyes with his hands.
On May 24, a lone 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 21 people, including 19 children.
This is the 27th school shooting in America this year and over 200 mass shootings in over 200 locations.
Within America there have been calls for more thorough background checks, but this is proving difficult due to the powerful gun lobby.
Here’s everything you need to know about who Steve Kerr is, what happened to his father, and what he said about the shooting.
Who is Steve Kerr?
Kerr is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors basketball team and a former professional player.
He is an eight-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion, which he won five times as a player while playing with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs.
Kerr has coached the Golden State Warriors since 2014 and has led the team to three championships.
His father was an academic specializing in Middle Eastern studies, and Kerr spent most of his childhood in Lebanon, where his father was President of the American University of Beirut.
What happened to his father?
Kerr’s father, Malcolm Kerr, was shot dead by Shia militias while working in Lebanon.
At that time he was serving as President of the American University of Beirut.
He was shot twice in the back of the head outside his office and died instantly.
Kerr was only 18 and a college student when he learned of his father’s death.
Reflecting on the impact of his father’s death in the Chicago Tribune, he said: “Before my father was killed, my life was impenetrable. Bad things have happened to other people.”
What did he say about the Texas shooting?
The Golden State Warriors coach attended a press conference Tuesday night (May 24) ahead of the fourth game of the Western Conference finals in Dallas.
He began his press conference by saying, “I’m not going to talk about basketball … Basketball issues don’t matter.”
Kerr added: “Since we left the shooting, 14 children have been killed 400 miles from here. And a teacher. And in the last 10 days, elderly black people have been killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, we’ve killed Asian churchgoers in Southern California, and now we have children who were murdered at school.”
The coach looked visibly distressed and slammed his hand on the table.
He shouted: “When do we do what?”
He continued, “I’m tired, I’m so tired of standing up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there… I’m so tired of the moments of silence, enough.
“Right now there are 50 senators who are refusing to vote on HR8, which is a background check rule the House passed a few years ago. It’s been sitting there for two years and there’s a reason they won’t vote on it to stay in power.”
Kerr then directly asked the senators to sign the bill.
He ended the conference by saying: “They are not going to vote on this because they want to hold on to their own power. It’s pathetic and I’ve had enough.”
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