Steve Kerr's angry response to Texas school shooting

Ahead of Game 4 of the 2022 Western Conference Finals, Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr addresses the media after a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

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STEVE KERR: I'm not going to talk about basketball. Nothing's happened with our team in the last six hours. We're going to start the same way tonight. Any basketball questions don't matter. Since we left shoot, around 14 children were killed 400 miles from here and a teacher.

And 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. 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 so tired of the-- excuse me, I'm sorry. I'm tired of the moments of silence. Enough. There's 50 senators right now who refused to vote on HRA, which is a background check rule that the House passed a couple of years ago. It's been sitting there for two years. And there's a reason they won't vote on it-- to hold on to power.

So 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. 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.

So I'm fed up. I've had enough. We're going to play the game tonight. But I want every person here, every person listening, to think about your own child or grandchild or mother or father or sister brother. How would you feel if this happened to you today? We can't get numb to this. We can't sit here and just read about it and go, "Well, let's have a moment of silence. Yeah, go, Dubs, you know? Come on, Mavs. Let's go."

That's what we're going to do? We're going to go play a basketball game? And 50 senators in Washington are going to hold us hostage. Do you realize that 90% of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks, universal background checks? 90% of us, we are being held hostage by 50 senators in Washington who refused to even put it to a vote despite what we the American people want. They won't vote on it because they want to hold on to their own power. It's pathetic. I've had enough.