‘Devastated’ Steve Kerr: Thousand Oaks mass shooting ‘beyond sad’
Steve Kerr is again left “devastated” by another mass shooting and made an ominous remark about how sadly routine dealing with such tragedies has become.
Ian Long, 28, a Marine Corps vet, entered a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Wednesday night and opened fire, leaving 12 victims dead, including a police officer. Long also was found dead with what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Kerr weighed on the latest outburst of gun violence ahead of the Golden State Warriors’ 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Oracle Arena.
“It’s devastating for everybody,” Kerr said Thursday night, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “I know we’re going to have a moment of silence tonight. We had one last week, I think. We’re probably going to have one next week. That’s the reality until we do something about it. It’s beyond sad. It’s devastating.
“… I just feel devastated for the victims and their families,” Kerr added. “I read a lot about it today, and it’s just horrifying for the families involved and the young people who lost their lives. It’s devastating for everybody.”
Kerr is an outspoken advocate for gun control, a position that can be traced back to his father’s assassination by two gunmen in Beirut in 1984. The Warriors head coach never shies away from talking about the issues related to gun violence each and every time such a tragedy occurs.
When asked about the mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue a few weeks ago that left 11 people dead, Kerr providing a sobering quote about the ongoing frequency of such incidents.
“I just expect it now, and that’s the sad thing,” Kerr said.