'I'm tired of the moments of silence,' says Warriors coach Steve Kerr as he makes powerful plea against gun violence
(CNN)Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr made an impassioned plea to take stronger action against gun violence in the United States after 19 children and two adults were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday.
Kerr refused to speak about basketball ahead of Game 4 of the Warriors' series against the Dallas Mavericks, instead raising his voice as he railed against gun violence in the wake of Tuesday's shooting.
"In the last 10 days, we've had elderly Black people killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, we've had Asian churchgoers killed in Southern California, now we have children murdered at school," Kerr told reporters at the start of the press conference.
"When are we going to do something? I'm tired. I'm so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there ... I'm tired of the moments of silence. Enough.
"There's 50 Senators right now who refuse to vote on H.R. 8, which is a background check rule that the House passed a couple years ago. It's been sitting there for two years. There's a reason they won't vote on it: to hold onto power."
Last year, the House passed H.R. 8 to expand background checks on all commercial gun sales -- the first congressional move on significant gun control since the Democrats won the White House.
Currently, background checks are not required for gun sales and transfers by unlicensed and private sellers.
"I'm fed up. I've had enough," Kerr, whose father was serving as the president of the American University of Beirut when he was assassinated by gunmen in 1984, continued.
"We're going to play the game tonight. But I want every person here, every person listening to this, to think about your own child or grandchild, mother or father, sister, brother. How would you feel if this happened to you today?"
Tuesday's shooting by a lone, 18-year-old gunman, who was killed by law enforcement, was the second mass shooting in the US in less than two weeks after a different 18-year-old gunman trafficking in White supremacist theories killed 10 Black Americans in Buffalo.
Ahead of Tuesday's game in Dallas, which was preceded by a moment of silence, Warriors guard Damion Lee joined Kerr in calling for gun reform.