SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —Before Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Both the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics wore orange shirts that said “End Gun Violence” on the front.
Both Steve Kerr, coach of the Warriors, and Ime Udoka, coach of the Celtics, wore the shirts to their news conferences before their games on Sunday night. Earlier that day, on May 24, 19 kids and two teachers were killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. At a news conference before Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in Dallas, Kerr made a passionate and angry plea for gun laws to be changed.
As Kerr said on Sunday, “As a league, we feel very strongly that it’s time for people to pay attention.” And to take part in what should be a nationwide effort to stop gun violence. There are ways to stop it, too. There are laws that have been tried and tested and are just waiting to be passed.
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“There are things we can do that won’t hurt people’s rights under the Second Amendment but will save lives.” The idea behind wearing the shirts for both teams is to let people know that they can help different groups that work to keep guns safe and stop gun violence.
On the back of the shirts, there is a message that says “LEARN MORE” along with the social media handles of groups that want to end gun violence and support gun control laws, such as “@bradybuzz,” “@everytown,” “@giffordscourage,” “@livefreeusa,” and “@marchforourlives.”
Gregg Popovich, the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. They spoke at a Stand with Uvalde event in San Antonio on Saturday. He called on the government to stop gun violence.
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“How many do we need?” Popovich asked. “A murder every month? Two killings every week? Fifteen kids? How many kids? At some point, [someone with a gun] will kill 74. Then you might do something, right? Get off your backside!Take action! They do our work. Most of us want them to do something about gun laws. But they don’t because they care more about their power, their position, and their money than they do about our children.
Kerr asked people to go out and vote if they wanted to try to change the laws about guns.
Kerr, whose father Malcolm shot and killed by terrorists in 1984. When he was president of the American University in Beirut, said, “I think voting is the most important thing.” “From what I know, a lot of congressional races are decided by people who aren’t so much for any kind of gun safety measures, even though the majority of people in this country want gun safety measures to be put in place. People had to vote, and if you care a lot about saving lives, maybe even your own, you should go out and vote.
“That’s the only way to persuade the people we need to persuade to start putting into place gun safety laws that we can help with.”
During the Eastern Conference finals, Udoka also spoke out against gun violence.
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Udoka said on Sunday, “We play a game where if you win, you’re happy and feel great. You lose, you’re sad for a while, but it’s not a matter of life and death. So you move on.” The goal is to make people aware of things that still happen in our communities. They are devastated, and so their families, but we go on with our lives and business as usual. Just keep those things in mind, and remember that those people are having a hard time.
“This keeps going on.” And people need to know about it and things need to change. And we all agree with that.