"I'm tired of moments of silence," an emotional Kerr shouts in the Senate after the Texas shooting.

“I’m tired of moments of silence,” an emotional Kerr shouts in the Senate after the Texas shooting.

Editor’s note: The following story contains details about gun violence, and may be disturbing to some readers.

Steve Kerr had no desire to talk about basketball before Tuesday’s game between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks while addressing reporters after another devastating school shooting in the United States.

An 18-year-old gunman opened fire on an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday, killing at least 18 children, officials said. The gunman was killed. Senator Roland Gutierrez said the death toll also included three adults, who he said had been briefed by state police on the deaths. It was not immediately clear whether this number included the assailant.

It was the deadliest shooting at a US elementary school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in nearly a decade. It came just 10 days after a gunman in body armor killed 10 black shoppers and workers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in what authorities describe as a racist attack.

Kerr, who has been outspoken on issues including gun control and racism before, made an emotional plea to the US Senate to advance Bill HR8, the bipartisan background check law of 2021, which all 50 GOP members refused to vote on.

“When are we going to do something? I’m tired,” Kerr said. “I’m so tired, sorry, I’m sorry, I’m tired of moments of silence. Enough!

“There are now 50 senators refusing to vote on HR8, the background check rule passed by the House two years ago. It’s been sitting there for two years. There’s a reason not to vote on it: Hold on to strength.”

The bill was reintroduced in the House after a hiatus in the Senate two years ago after Democratic Representative Mike Thompson of California, who chairs the Congressional Firearm Violence Prevention Task Force, sponsored the bill.

Supporters of the bill say the legislation aims to reduce gun violence and keep guns out of the hands of people who are prohibited from possessing firearms. Although there are background checks that prevent people with criminal records from purchasing a firearm, there are loopholes where people can purchase guns through private sales.

On Monday, the FBI released new statistics that said active shootings are on the rise across the United States and have increased by 97 percent since 2017.

Gun violence also led to tragedy in Kerr’s life. His father, Malcolm, was shot dead by gunmen in 1984 while serving as president of the American University of Beirut.

“I ask you, Mitch McConnell, all senators who refuse to do anything about violence and school shootings and supermarket shootings, I ask you: Will you put your desire for power over the lives of our children and the souls of our elders and churchgoers? Because that is what it looks like,” he said. Kerr “This is what we do every week.”

I’m done. We’re going to play the game tonight. But I want everyone here, everyone who listens to this, to think of your son or grandson, mother or father, or sister, or brother. How would you feel if this happened to you today? ?”

Mavericks coach Jason Kidd also spoke about the situation, opening his pre-game press conference by paying tribute to the victims and family members affected by the shooting. He also followed the example of Kerr, who refused to talk about basketball in light of the situation.

“It’s hard or rough. You know, as coaches or parents, we have kids. The people in this room have kids. Elementary school. You just think about what would happen with any of your family members or friends at school,” Kidd told reporters.

“This is job training down the road. We’ll try to play the game. We don’t have a choice. The game won’t be canceled. But we have to find a way to be professional, find a way to win, and move on.”

“But the news of what’s happening, not just here in Texas but across our country, is heartbreaking.”

— Files from The Associated Press

2022-05-25 01:06:00

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