NBA Coach Rails Against NRA, Gun Laws When Asked About Texas Shooting

The topic of gun control has come back into the spotlight in the wake of another horrifying mass shooting event. This time, 26 people were killed by a lone gunman at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. While all tragic events of this nature strike a chord, this one has sparked its own wealth of emotions due to the circumstances under which it happened. Folks that were simply tending to a Sunday ritual were targeted, and the motives of the shooter remain unclear.

It’s pretty tough to get away from the gun control debate that’s going on all over again, and that even includes at a press conference with a coach from the National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors. As the Independent Journal Review shares, Steve Kerr was taking the standard sports-related questions you would expect him to be taking when an inquiring mind wanted to know his thoughts on the Texas shooting. Kerr had a mouthful to say.

“Tough question,” Kerr said. “I have my thoughts. First, I want to just express my condolences to the people involved — the victims, the survivors, people directly affected. It’s just awful.”

Kerr didn’t leave it there and move along. He quickly dropped into a monologue on gun violence and laws, and he pulled no punches while stating his viewpoint.

“I think too often, we get caught up in political rhetoric — you know, Second Amendment rights, [National Rifle Association] stuff. We have to look at this as, it has nothing to do with partisanship or political parties,” he continued. “It’s got to be a public safety issue. A public health issue.”

Fair enough. It is an issue that affects us all. However, there’s zero need to politicize the deaths of 26 people in a bid to get a preferred point across. Bad people do bad things, and there’s no law that can be placed on the books that will prevent that from happening. While that’s an uncomfortable reality to come to terms with, a failure to accept it doesn’t make it any less true.

“I read a great article today that talked about comparing this to the automobile industry. Apparently, in the 1950s, about nine or 10 times more people died in auto wrecks than die right now. So what changed over 70 years? Well, safety measures, right?” Kerr continued. “Speed limits. Auto regulations. Seatbelts. Car seats. Driver’s license registration and making sure people deserve to drive. I mean, all these things are just safety issues.”

It’s an interesting analogy, and Kerr makes some fair points. However, as often happens in the debate over gun control, things went off the rails due to a good old round of finger-pointing.

“Let’s do the sensible thing. But our government has to lead the way, and they can’t just cave into the NRA just because the NRA wants to make money,” he added. “They have to put people’s safety and health over the interests of the gun lobby and the gun industry. ... And it’s disgusting, and it’s a shame.”

To read between the lines, if the NRA was reeled in, there would be no more mass shootings by that logic. Kerr is certainly entitled to his viewpoint, but reeling in the NRA will do little to change the fact that bad people do bad things. Until the debate can be had in productive fashion without finger-pointing, absolutely nothing significant will change.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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