17 people were killed Wednesday in Florida when a former student shot students and adults in an attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Following the tragedy, a number of lawmakers are calling for increased gun control.
Prior to the Warriors’ game in Portland Wednesday night, Steve Kerr said the government has failed to protect citizens by making a change in response to frequent mass shootings, but urged Americans to vote for people who will “actually help our citizens remain safe.”
“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, at a movie theater. Its not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, the people who are running this country to actually do anything. That’s demoralizing.
But we can do something about it. We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect people’s lives, not just bow down to the NRA because they’ve financed their campaign for them. Hopefully we’ll find enough people, first of all to vote, get people in, but hopefully we’ll find enough people to actually help our citizens remain safe and focus on the real safety issues. Not building some stupid wall for millions of dollars that has nothing to do with our safety, but actually protecting us from what is truly dangerous, which is maniacs with semi-automatic weapons just slaughtering our children. It’s disgusting.”
The Miami Heat played in Philadelphia Wednesday, and before the game coach Erik Spoelstra said the thoughts and prayers of the team were with the community in Parkland.