The increasing pattern of gun violence and mass shootings in the United States has, unfortunately, become something all too common and expected around the country. As gun laws remain inordinately lax, making firearms available for purchase to just about anyone, these deadly weapons are falling into the hands of malicious and/or mentally-unstable individuals, leaving innocent Americans susceptible to gun violence on a daily basis.
In the most recent of these horrifically commonplace attacks, 17 people were mowed down at a high school in Florida, leaving many more injured. Culminating in one of the more deadly school shootings in recent years, people around the country are starting to lash out against the inaction from public officials in spite of the countless murders, with NRA-supporting GOP lawmakers becoming a focal point of the criticism.
In an interview with ESPN on Thursday, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr, lambasted lawmakers in office for standing idly by and doing nothing as innocent people are brutally murdered. In the video interview, Kerr stated that,
‘It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools. It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at a concert, in a movie theater. It’s not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, people that are running this country, to actually do anything. That’s demoralizing.’
Steve Kerr’s powerful message on the shooting massacre in Florida. pic.twitter.com/Lo4k66JG4G
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Full Steve Kerr quote from Portland, again speaking up for gun reform in wake of latest tragedy pic.twitter.com/lB2tews0kq
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Kerr’s remarks echo the sentiment of an overwhelming majority of Americans around the country, regardless of party affiliation, in that there is clearly something wrong when innocent citizens are egregiously massacred on a daily basis, as public officials sit back and remain loyal to financial contributions over the lives of their constituents.
This is not the first instance of Kerr voicing his opinions in the public sphere, criticizing President Trump in the last year for his divisive and disrespectful agenda. Kerr also sent a letter to the president last year, urging Trump to unify rather than divide, after the Warriors’s invitation to the White House was rescinded when players claimed they were unsure whether they would attend the customary event in the first place.
Although Coach Kerr’s initial remarks were wrought with melancholy and sadness, he ended the interview with a hopeful statement that has been echoed by other influential personalities as well. In doing so, Kerr claimed that the American public has an opportunity to take action against all the violence, and empower reform through the power of their votes. With the midterm elections only months away, Kerr urged citizens to vote into office candidates with a sense of moral compass and courage to stand up to gun lobbies, specifically mentioning the horrid advocacy of the NRA, and protect the lives of innocent children and adults.
The same sentiment was shared by comedian Chelsea Handler yesterday following the shooting, as she encouraged a call to action for all voting citizens to do their part in ousting the corrupted and self-interested politicians currently in office, that would rather succumb to financial contributions rather than implement policies that save the lives of innocent people. With the various events unfolding in all areas of the political sphere right now, it is starting to look as if the calls of Kerr and Handler may be answered.
We have to elect candidates that are not funded by the NRA in November. We have an opportunity to elect candidates who won’t allow kids to go to school and get shot. It is disgusting how many times this has happened and Republicans do nothing. You all have blood on your hands.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 14, 2018
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