Steve Kerr has been known to voice his opinion, especially when it comes to the government and the serious issues facing this country.
“It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death.” said Kerr passionately after the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that year.
Kerr has also gone in on the government over Trump’s travel ban and their other immoral and racist policies that have continued to drag the country down.
This weekend we all witnessed another horrific weekend of events, as domestic terrorism and white nationalism once again took the lives of the innocent. Kerr, like the majority of us, was disgusted and enraged as the body count from mass murders in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio were tallied over the last two weeks.
“I think about it all the time. Somebody could walk in the door in the gym right now and start spraying us with an AR-15,” said Kerr to Bay Area News Group. “They could. It might happen because we’re all vulnerable, whether we go to a concert, a church, the mall or go to the movie theater or a school. It’s up to us as Americans to demand change from the gutless leadership that continues to allow this to happen and continues to somehow claim the second amendment is doing its job. The second amendment is about the right to defend yourself. The only thing that second amendment is doing is leading to mass murder right now. This is all just insanity.”
Kerr turned his sights back to the government, especially those like Mitch McConnell, who refuse to take action outside of offering thoughts and prayers.
“We have to get people in place who are going to actually vote on gun measures and value human life over their support for the NRA,” said Kerr. “You get enough people to do that to replace [McConnell] and get somebody with a soul and a conscience leading the Senate. Then if we have enough people in the Senate that actually value human life rather than their jobs and their funding from the NRA, then we’ll have change.”
Kerr is speaking from the heart, but also from experience and pain as his father, Malcolm Kerr, was assassinated by terrorists in 1984 while serving as the president of the American University in Beirut.
“I would just say that as someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, having lost my father, if we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, by really going against the principles of what our country is about and creating fear, it’s the wrong way of going about it,” said Kerr two years ago after Trump attempted to initiate his Muslim travel ban.
While we’re all still dealing with the pain and heartache of this past weekend’s mass shootings, Kerr remains optimistic that change will come as he feels people are fed up with the current state of things, and they’re realizing that this could happen anywhere and to anyone.
“More and more people in the country are so fed up.” said Kerr, who also believes that it’s not just about the ability to own guns. It goes beyond that, and he’s hoping that those in government will finally stop hiding behind that false narrative and act.
If they don’t, hopefully they’ll be watching from home as someone takes their place and does the right thing.