Steve Kerr: Victims of Gun Violence Need Change, Not Just ‘Thoughts & Prayers’
Over 30 years ago, Steve Kerr had to deal with the fact they he would never see his father again after he was gunned down outside his Beirut office.
Following the tragic events in Las Vegas this past weekend, the Golden State Warriors head coach found himself felling the same way he did back then about gun violence.
“I was watching CNN this morning while working out in the hotel and some of the victims’ families were speaking, getting interviewed, crying. I’ve been there,” Kerr told The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “I know exactly how they feel, having lost my dad to gun violence. You can’t explain the pain that this brings.
Kerr went on to explain that this country needs a course of action, because thoughts and prayers aren’t going to cut it.
“So 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,” Kerr added. “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 believes anybody who wants to purchase a gun should be put through extensive training and there should be a lenthgy process before they are able to touch a gun.
“I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe people should be able to protect themselves, should be able to own a handgun or a hunting rifle,” he said. “But I also believe that mentally ill people shouldn’t be able to buy guns. I believe there should be serious training for anybody buying a gun. I believe there should be universal background checks. It should be a process, so we can keep people safe.”