THE Golden State Warriors NBA coach Steve Kerr has delivered a passionate speech about gun violence following the Texas school massacre.
The horrific attack took place on Tuesday morning when the suspected shooter Salvador Ramos, 18, opened fire inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
A fourth-grade teacher and a 10-year-old student are among the first of 21 victims to be named after the massacre.
The NBA coach who has long been an advocate for gun control issued an emotional plea following the carnage.
His father was shot dead in a terrorist attack in Beirut in 1984.
Speaking during a news conference ahead of his team's game he said: “When are we going to do something.
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“I’m tired. I am so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. I am so tired of the, excuse me, I am sorry, I am tired of the moments of silence. Enough!”
Kerr has supported on several occasions a bill that would require tighter background checks on those buying firearms.
Despite the bill passing the US House of Representatives last year, it did not get to the Senate.
Addressing the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, Kerr continued: “I ask you, Mitch McConnell, I ask all of you senators who refuse to do anything about the violence and school shootings and supermarket shootings.
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"I ask you: Are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of the lives of our children and our elderly and our churchgoers
Because that’s what it looks like. It’s what we do every week.”
Shortly before leaving the press conference Kerr slammed the table and delivered his final statement:
"I'm fed up. I've had enough. We can't get numb to this.
"We can't sit here and just read about it and go, well, let's go have a moment of silence."
“It’s pathetic. I’ve had enough."
Mavericks coach Jason Kidd also shared an emotional message ahead of the game.
He said: "We will truly play with heavy hearts tonight for the community, for the school of Robb Elementary School.
"As coaches, as fathers, we have kids, people in this room have kids, elementary school; you can just think about what could take place with any of your family or friends at a school."
The devastating school shooting atRobb Elementary School massacre was the 27th school shooting in 2022 that involved injuries or deaths.
Suspect Salvador Ramos reportedly shot his grandmother at a nearby home before crashing and abandoning his vehicle near the elementary school.
He then entered the school and began shooting, allegedly armed with some kind of long rifle, according to Texas officials.
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Ramos was reportedly shot dead in a stand-off with law enforcement who responded to calls about the active shooter at Robb Elementary School.
The shooting became the worst elementary school massacre since Sandy Hook in 2012.
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