Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr issued a frustrated and emotional speech about Tuesday’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which 18 children and three teachers were killed at an elementary school, ahead of the team’s scheduled game against the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA’s West finals playoff series.
Kerr refused to take questions during a media conference with reporters, instead drawing attention to the lack of legislative action from Washington to address the prevalent gun violence plaguing the country. According to CNBC, the Texas school shooting is the 212th mass shooting this year.
“I’m not gonna talk about basketball — nothing’s happened with our team in the last 6 hours,” Kerr began. “We’re gonna start the same way tonight. Any basketball questions don’t matter.”
He referenced the white supremacist Buffalo shooting, which occurred May 14 and claimed the lives of 10 people, many of whom were elderly and Black, as well as a Southern California shooting that took place two days later at a Taiwanese church, where a gunman killed one community member and wounded five others.
“When are we gonna do something? I’m tired, I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. I’m tired of the moments of silence — enough,” he said, visibly shaken and distraught.
Kerr then brought up the importance of legislative action, referencing HR8, a bipartisan universal background check act passed by the House of Representatives in 2019. It has since stalled in the Senate.
Watch his speech below: