Steve Kerr is one of the most outspoken people in the NBA. This guy is never afraid of speaking his mind, either it is about pure basketball, NBA issues or politics. Kerr always has something to say and he made sure to make a statement in recent hours following a series of mass shootings in the U.S.
Right now he’s working with USA Basketball ahead of a tumultuous FIBA World Cup that will see one of the worst Team USA roster in history. But, Kerr sounds relaxed about that situation and has spoken out about bigger matters taking place right now.
There have been three mass shootings in the past week in Gilroy (California), El Paso (Texas) and Dayton (Ohio), and the Warriors’ coach isn’t happy about Republican lawmakers and their refusal to pass any gun control legislation.
“I think about it all the time. Somebody could walk in the door in the gym right now and start spraying us with an AR-15,” Kerr told Bay Area News Group as he eyed the practice court on Monday. “They could. It might happen because we’re all vulnerable, whether we go to a concert, a church, the mall or go to the movie theater or a school. It’s up to us as Americans to demand change from the gutless leadership that continues to allow this to happen and continues to somehow claim the second amendment is doing its job. The second amendment is about the right to defend yourself. The only thing that the second amendment is doing is leading to mass murder right now. This is all just insanity.”
The former NBA player added that he’s optimistic that these barbaric events will stop sooner than later.
“It’s going to happen. The momentum is building,” Kerr said. “People are more and more frustrated in our country. I think at this point, the vast majority of people in this country have had it. Now it’s a matter of taking action.”
It’s not crazy to see the eight-time NBA champion talking about other topics than just sports, and more when the discussion is about gun control. His father was assassinated as a diplomat in Lebanon in 1984 in what was considered an act of terrorism. Kerr has been very active calling for stricter gun laws every time mass shootings happen in the country, as well as sending support to the families of the victims.
This year 256 mass shootings happened in the United States, and eight of the 25 deadliest mass shootings have happened in the past three years. Something has to change and Kerr is well aware of that.