Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks against gun violence after Sacramento Shooting
Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors coach whose father was killed by gunmen, called for stronger gun control after the Sacramento shooting left 6 people dead.
Following Sunday's mass shooting that left six people dead and more than a dozen injured in Sacramento, CA, the head coach of one of most prominent NBA teams has re-urged for stronger gun control laws.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr spoke about the mass shooting ahead of Sunday’s game vs the Sacramento Kings, which was played half a mile away from where the shooting took place in the morning.
This was the second time Kerr commented on the topic, having already called for more controlled gun laws last year after a mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado.
"First and foremost, just thinking about the city of Sacramento and all the families who are affected, the victims, the survivors, the people who are injured," Kerr said. "Just so many lives devastated. And so everybody with the Warriors, we all share in your city's grief."
"There's not a whole lot you can do or say, but we're all crushed today as we try to prepare for this game," Kerr continued.
Steve Kerr lost his father to gunmen
Kerr’s issue isn’t just about the policy, but it’s also personal. He lost his father, Malcolm Kerr, when he was in college to gunmen assassination.
"That's why this issue is very near and dear to my heart because my family had to deal with the loss of my dad and my mom's husband, and we've had to deal with the aftermath ever since," Kerr said exactly a year ago.
A moment of silence isn’t “going to do anything”
When asked for a moment of silence ahead of Sunday’s game, Kerr said that it isn’t going to solve the problem, even though “it’s the right thing to do.”
Instead, Kerr urged government officials to look into “common sense gun laws.” He admitted it's not going to solve everything, "but it will save lives."
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"It's just the same stuff over and over and over again," Kerr said. "Everything changes from here for all the victims' families and it's just time for us to do something about it instead of another moment of silence and then send thoughts and prayers."