On Wednesday, another tragic event took place in the United States when a man opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people and leaving 14 others injured. The event marks the 18th school shooting just this year.
Golder State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr blasted the U.S. government on Wednesday for not focusing “on the real safety issues.”
Kerr lost his father to gun violence when he was shot twice in the head at the American University of Beirut in 1984.
“Nothing has been done,” Kerr said ahead of Wednesday’s Warriors-Trail Blazers matchup, via ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “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 who are running this country to actually do anything. That’s demoralizing.”
“But we can do something about it,” he continued. “We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect people’s lives, not just bow down to the NRA because they’ve financed their campaign for them. Hopefully we’ll find enough people, first of all, to vote, get people in, but hopefully we’ll find enough people to actually help our citizens remain safe and focus on the real safety issues, not building some stupid wall for millions of dollars that has nothing to do with our safety, but actually protecting us from what truly is dangerous, which is maniacs with semi-automatic weapons just slaughtering our children. It’s disgusting.”
Gun violence is a constant issue in the U.S. and something needs to be done about it.
Take a look at Kerr’s statement in the video clip below:
Steve Kerr’s powerful message on the shooting massacre in Florida. pic.twitter.com/Lo4k66JG4G
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 15, 2018