Steve Kerr weighs in on Las Vegas massacre, pleads for tougher gun laws
Steve Kerr reiterated and expanded upon his previously stated views supporting tougher gun laws in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre earlier this week that left 59 dead and over 500 wounded.
The Golden State Warriors are half a world away for their two-game exhibition slate against the Minnesota Timberwolves. But the distance did not diminish the Warriors head coach’s passionate plea for stricter gun policies in the U.S. following Sunday night’s horrific and senseless tragedy.
Kerr, whose father was assassinated in 1984 at the American University of Beirut when he was 18, spoke of knowing firsthand what it is like losing someone to gun violence.
“I was watching CNN this morning while working out in the hotel and some of the victim’s families were speaking, getting interviewed, crying. I’ve been there,” Kerr told The Athletic from Shenzen, China. “I know exactly how they feel, having lost my dad to gun violence. You can’t explain the pain that this brings.
“I hope we can do more than just offer victims our thoughts and prayers. We’ve been offering victims thoughts and prayers for three decades. We need to offer them something else. And I know a lot of people have been saying don’t politicize this, don’t disrespect the victims by calling for gun control.
“But I’d argue that if we’d had any respect for the victims, we would have done something 20 years ago, 30 years ago, when Columbine happened or Sandy Hook or Aurora. Name any one of these mass shootings that happens pretty much every week in our country. If we had any respect for our citizens we would’ve had discussions before. So, for people to say don’t have that discussion now, now is not the time. When the hell is the time? That’s what I want to know.”
Kerr wasn’t the first high-profile head coach of a major American professional sports team to weigh in passionately about gun control in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. And given the ragic nature of the horror that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday night, he likely won’t be the last, either.