We’re in the midst of the NBA Finals as per usual in the month of June every year and given the fact the Golden State Warriors head coach consistently uses his platform to speak about politics every chance he gets; of course he’s using the biggest stage to perpetuate his philosophies.
This is the fifth straight year the Golden State Warriors have made the NBA Finals – winning three of the last four – and since President Trump won in 2016, the championship team of the last several years refuses to visit the White House under this administration as per tradition created by former President Ronald Reagan.
And before the Golden State Warriors lost Game 1 to the Toronto Raptors, Steve Kerr got self-righteous about advocating for this change to the Second Amendment.
The two biggest critics of President Donald Trump and his administration in all of sports are easily San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr – coincidentally, they’re great friends so it’s not surprising they share the same political ideologies.
Both of these guys absolutely love getting political and criticizing the current administration. Sports reporters know this too, which is why they frequently ask them about their viewpoints; knowing full well whatever they say is enough to write an article about.
That’s why it was no surprise when Steve Kerr suggested the younger generations – some coming of age to vote every day – are the key to reforming the Second Amendment and that the current climate doesn’t have “sensible gun laws.”
In an interview late last month only a couple days shy of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Kerr said, “What is happening is, especially for March for Our Lives, there is a group of young people fed up with all of these school shootings. They are setting up these chapters all over the country. What each chapter is trying to do is get people to vote.”
That’s true. March for Our Lives was initiated in response to the tragic Parkland Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting massacre a couple of years ago in Florida. Some of the surviving students effectively became celebrities as a result of the tragedy and following the CNN Townhall when Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch showed up to defend the Right to Bear Arms.
Kerr continued, “The reason we don’t have sensible gun laws is the NRA has always been really powerful and has always funded elections at the grassroots level. Now these groups that I’m talking about are actually starting to fund elections themselves. So as the money evens out and influence evens out, these younger generations are going to impose the will of the people.”
He might be right but he’s probably uninformed about how to ratify an amendment, which is nearly impossible.
Kerr added, “The vast majority of people don’t think AR-15’s should be allowed in the hands of a citizen. Or high-capacity magazines. They want background checks, as I mentioned. So the hope lies in people voting in good conscience for the protection and safety and each other and not some crazed, fringe viewpoint that somehow our freedom is tied to our right to an AR-15.”
One thing Rubio mentioned when he bravely attended a barking crowd at the CNN Townhall following the Parkland tragedy was how easy it is to circumvent parameters once a gun law is proposed. For instance, the bump stock for the AR-15 was a perfect example of it.
Rubio discussed how deeply complex it is to define what Kerr says as “high-capacity magazines.” How do you define it? By the time bullets escape the barrel? This was Rubio’s point. As soon as it becomes law then people will try to find loopholes.
The best way to deal with gun violence is to attack it at the source, which is obviously mental illness. It’s not the gun; it’s the sick mind that pulls the trigger.