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(Los Angeles) Golden State coach Steve Kerr made a strong plea for gun control in response to a Texas school shooting that killed 18 people on Tuesday, shocking and angering the world of American sports.
Posted at 8:51 a.m.
“I’m not going to talk about basketball,” Kerr told reporters at a press conference just before the 4e Western Conference Finals game between the Warriors and Mavericks in Dallas.
“Since we left the training session, 14 children have been killed 600 km from here, and a teacher. In the past ten days, black seniors have been killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, Asian worshipers have been killed in Southern California, and now children have been killed in school,” Kerr said. tight and misty eyes.
An 18-year-old opened fire earlier Tuesday at a primary school in the municipality of Uvalde, killing 18 young students and at least one teacher. A drama that plunged America back into a chronic nightmare and immediately revived the debate on firearms in the United States.
“When are we going to do something? I’m tired. Tired of standing in front of you to offer my condolences to the devastated families. I have enough. We are going to play tonight. But I want everyone listening to think of their own child or grandchild, mother or father, sister or brother. How would you feel if this happened to you today? asked Kerr, whose father was murdered by Islamist terrorists, in Beirut in 1984.
” It has to change ! »
Hitting the table with his hand, he attacked American senators who refuse to legislate despite the litany of massacres.
“Do you realize that 90% of Americans, regardless of their political orientation, want criminal or psychological background checks on purchasers of small arms? We are being held hostage by 50 senators in Washington who refuse to even put this measure to a vote, despite what we, the American people, want,” he blasted.
Reactions from professional athletes
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James also expressed outrage and called for change. ” That’s enough ! ! ! They are children and we continue to endanger them at school. Seriously ! AT SCHOOL, where it’s supposed to be safest! It just needs to change. IT HAS TO CHANGE ! “, he tweeted.
Stars of the NFL, the professional American football league, have also reacted in this direction, such as quarterback Patrick Mahomes, winner of the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs and who grew up in Texas, or DeMarcus Lawrence, defender of the Dallas Cowboys, who spoke directly to the governor of that state, Greg Abbott.
“Who’s going to step in and DEMAND that we have better security in all those schools that can’t afford it?” ? ? ? “. How come our tax dollars are not going to those who need protection the most? ! ! ! OUR CHILDREN! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ! “.