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OAKLAND – In the aftermath of the shooting at a Texas high school, Warriors coach Steve Kerr condemned the actions of the shooter, while pushing for tighter gun laws.
“It never surprises me anymore,” Kerr told the Bay Area News Group on Saturday. “This is a part of our culture now. We need to have laws in place in every state that your guns need to be locked up.”
On Friday morning, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at his high school in Sante Fe, Texas, killing 10 people and wounding 10 others. According to authorities, the teenager was armed with a shotgun and revolver, owned by his father. Texas law does not require safe keeping of guns in the home.
“The fact that there is no law against that and 10 people were killed and maybe those 10 people wouldn’t be killed if the father had locked up the guns,” Kerr said. “It’s pretty obvious, let’s make that a law. It’s not infringing on anybody’s Second Amendment rights.
“We don’t hand the keys to a car when a kid gets to be 16,” Kerr added. “We make him go through driver’s [education]; we make him pass a test, we make him get a license, you keep a database on that person, you register the car. We need to do all the same things with guns and if we do that, we’ll save lives and anybody who’s going to argue with that, I would say, ‘Imagine if it was your kid who doesn’t come back from a school shooting.’ Maybe you’ll agree that schools should have more safety laws in place.”
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Kerr is a frequent voice on the issue of gun control. Two months ago, he spoke at a town hall meeting at Newark Memorial High School, denouncing gun violence while encouraging high school students to vote. He also participated in the March for our Lives event in Oakland, which was organized by students from the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 students and wounded seventeen others in February.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr takes part in a town hall meeting about gun violence at Newark Memorial High School on Monday, March 12, 2018, in Newark, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)
The issue has a personal meaning to Kerr. His father Malcolm Kerr was assassinated in Beirut by Islamic terrorists in 1984 while serving as president of the University of Beirut.
Saturday, Kerr said he remains optimistic that a change in gun laws is coming.
“It’s already in play,” Kerr said. “The tide shifted with the Douglas shooting because you were dealing with a bunch of kids who are old enough to put up a fight and to become of voting age. Things are going to change when young people in this country decide to vote. And as we speak, young people are registering to vote all around the country. This is going get to a point where it’s not a partisan issue. It’s going to get to point to where if you want to hold a spot in public office, you’re going to be held accountable, regardless of your party affiliation.”
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