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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Mike Lupica: Thankfully Steve Kerr didn’t stick to sport after Texas school shooting

One of the most important moments from the Games this week came from a basketball coach. It came from Warriors’ Steve Kerr, the son of American University of Beirut president Malcolm Kerr, in 1984 when he was shot by the terrorist group Islamic Jihad. Malcolm Kerr’s son was talking about a different kind of terrorism this time, the American terrorism of gun violence, before the Warriors played Maw in the playoffs the second night.

Steve Kerr was responding, eloquently and passionately, to the slaughter of more innocent schoolchildren in America, and voicing what America needs, even in the land of the free and the home of guns.

In case you haven’t seen the video yet, this is what Kerr said, word by word, to the kid who was 19 when his father died around the world:

“I’m not going to talk about basketball. Nothing happened to our team in the last six hours. We’re going to start the same way tonight. No question of basketball matters. Ever since we left the firefight.” , 400 miles from here, 14 children were killed. And a teacher. In the past 10 days, we’ve killed elderly black people at a supermarket in Buffalo, we’ve killed Asian churchgoers in Southern California. Now we have Children have been murdered in the school.

“When are we going to do anything? I’m tired. I’m so tired of getting up here and expressing my condolences to the families devastated there. I’m so tired. Excuse me. I’m sorry. I’m in silence. I’m tired of moments. enough,

“There are 50 senators right now who refuse to vote on HR8, a background check rule that the House passed a few years ago. Has been sitting there for two years. And there’s a reason they won’t vote on it. : To remain in power.

“So I ask you, Mitch McConnell, I ask all of you senators who refuse to do anything about violence and school shootings and supermarket shootings. I ask you: Will you please our children and our elders and We’re going to put our desire for power ahead of the lives of our church-goers? Because it looks like it. That’s what we do every week.

“So I’m fed up. I did a lot. We’re going to play a game tonight. But I want everyone here, everyone who hears this, their kids or grandchildren, or mother or father, sister, brother Think about it. How would you feel if this happened to you today?

“We can’t be stunned at this. We can’t just sit here and read about it and go, OK, let’s have a moment’s silence — yeah, go dubs. Come on, Mavs, let’s go. That’s what we do.” We’re going to play a basketball game. Fifty senators in Washington are going to take us hostage. Do you realize that 90 percent of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks – universal background The investigation? Ninety percent of us. We are being held hostage in Washington by 50 senators who refuse to even vote for it, despite what we, the American people, want.

“They will not vote for it because they want to hold on to their power,” he said. it’s pathetic! I’ve had enough,

Maybe Kerr, the child of gun violence the way the siblings of the dead of Rob Elementary will always be children of gun violence, was just another American throwing stones against a wall in the shadow of another school shooting. The kind of school shooting that was, is now as much a symbol of this country as the Statue of Liberty or the Washington Monument.

The reason is simple enough: Too much of this country is sick and stupid about guns, and unfortunately, we have a lousy Congress, with enough quilling Republicans to be too cowardly and consumed by their own ambition—and To do so to the National Rifle Association. anything about it.

At least Kerr said something the other day, even if his words inevitably fell on deaf ears in Congress. We’ve always wanted the people of sports to stand with a voice in an American moment like this. Kerr did it. And Malcolm Kerr would have been prouder, if he had lived, than the championships Kerr has won as a player and as a coach.

He made a statement this week. The other night the Yankees and the Rays did the same, when they tried to use their social media platforms to raise awareness about gun violence for a night, and not baseball, even as both teams Was playing a big game in St. Petersburg.

Here’s what we read from the Yankees, who have 3.6 million Twitter followers:

“The devastating events that happened in Uvalde, Buffalo and countless other communities across our country are unbearable.”

The Yankees didn’t act as though everything would have been different in Uvalde if the school didn’t have an open door, as Sen. Ted Cruz, another gun-loving politician with blood on his hands, overlooked the fact that Adam Lanza made her way to Sandy Hook Elementary in 2014, less than two weeks before Christmas.

The Yankees weren’t acting like some idiot from Fox News like the armed guards would change everything at our school. Surely they will. except that when Uvalde’s Keystone cops arrived inside Rob Elementary, they were still waiting and waiting and waiting down the hall to stop the massacre that blew everyone into holy hell, The NRA notion that all you need to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

And by the way, and so you know where we are on the subject of guns in the country, even after more kids, this time in Uvalde, Texas, don’t make it home from school? Taking a look at some of the reactions the Yankees received on Twitter the other night, it seems from mouthbreathers that their team will not stick to the game.

The Yankees didn’t stick to the game the other night. Rays did not remain associated with the game. Here’s something Ray posted on his website:

“It can’t be normal. We cannot be numb. We can’t see the other side.”

Gabe Kapler, also from San Francisco, the legendary manager, is no longer glued to the game as he has announced that he will not take the field for the national anthem until he feels better about the country’s direction. Steve Kerr certainly didn’t engage with the game, in another American moment when these phonies in Congress offered thoughts and prayers for more victims, and about an open door and what was happening inside that school, Wanted to talk more about a pathetic bad police response to that. The AR-15 in the hands of an 18-year-old child who had no alarm in his purchase of nearly 400 rounds of ammunition raised no red flags.

They always want to talk about everything except guns. But you always go back to the wisdom of the great Pete Hamill, who once asked how many home runs Babe Ruth scored without a bat. When you think about it, the only remarkable thing about Steve Kerr’s story is that his father was shot in a country other than this one.

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