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‘Children are being shot to death day after day’: Steve Kerr criticizes government’s response

Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr. (Ben Margot/Associated Press)
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After yet another mass shooting at a school, Steve Kerr passionately addressed a politically charged topic that also happens to be extremely personal for him: gun control.

This time, his comments came after a heavily-armed 19-year-old opened fire at a South Florida high school, killing 17 people. The Golden State Warriors coach was asked before the team’s game against the Portland Trailblazers if he felt “fatigue” from addressing so many shootings.

The terrible numbers that grow with each mass shooting

“Well, nothing has been done. It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools. It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at a concert, at a movie theater. It’s not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, the people running our country, to actually do anything,” he said (via ESPN’s Chris Haynes). “That’s demoralizing. But 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 have financed their campaign for them.”

There have been at least seven school shootings this year, by some measures; Wednesday’s was among the deadliest on record.

“Hopefully we’ll find enough people, first of all, to vote good people in, but hopefully we can find enough people with courage to help our citizens remain safe and focus on the real safety issues,” continued Kerr, who previously has said gun control should be considered a public health issue. “Not building some stupid wall for billions of dollars that has nothing to do with our safety, but actually protecting us from what truly is dangerous, which is maniacs with semiautomatic weapons just slaughtering our children. It’s disgusting.”

Kerr, who has been highly critical of President Trump, takes gun violence very personally because his father, Malcolm, a university professor, was assassinated in 1984 by two gunmen outside his office in Beirut. After Wednesday’s shooting in Parkland, Fla., Kerr retweeted nearly a dozen comments about gun violence, including many that urged people to use the power of their votes to changes things.

Among the tweets he shared:

Last fall, Kerr sent a longer message to President Trump (and others in office), telling Sports Illustrated:

“Remember, the president works for us, not vice versa. We elected him. He doesn’t just work for his constituents and his base. He works for every citizen. Once you take that office, you have to do what’s best for the entire country. Sure, you’re going to have policies that align with your party, but that’s not the point. Respectfully, Mr. Trump, the point is this: You’re the president. You represent all of us. Don’t divide us. Bring us together.”

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