Steve Kerr, the head coach of the NBA's Golden State Warriors, certainly has a lot to think about this summer. After his Warriors fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals earlier in June, Kerr has to analyze what exactly went wrong in the Finals and how his team can bounce back in the 2016-17 season.
This week, however, Kerr appeared on a podcast hosted by sports columnist Tim Kawakami and took a few minutes to plea for gun control -- a pressing, non-sports topic in society today.
"I just have to get this off my chest. Our government is insane. We are insane," Kerr said. "And what bugs me is this adherence to the right to bear arms, you know. That was back in 1776. People didn’t own automatic rifles. You had to have a musket in case the Redcoats were coming. The British were coming. And the beautiful thing about the Constitution is they left open amendments to change things because things change over time.
"I kind of think that our forefathers would not have okayed automatic weapons to be sold to everybody if they existed back then. Let’s have some checks. It’s easier to get a gun than it is to get a driver’s license. It’s insane. And as somebody who’s had a family member shot and killed, it devastates me every time I read about this stuff— like what happened in Orlando— and then it’s even more devastating to see the government just cowing to the NRA and going to this totally outdated Bill Of Rights, right to bear arms. If you want to own a musket, fine, you know, but come on. The rest of the world thinks we’re insane. We are insane.
"And until we vote these senators and congressmen and women out of office, the same thing’s gonna happen. And it’s infuriating and I had to get that off my chest.
"You wonder if any of these Senators and Congressmen and women who are so opposed to even holding a vote on not only the right to buy an automatic weapon but just the background checks and the lists and all the stuff, how would they feel about this if their own child, their own mother, their own father, sister, brother, wife, husband was murdered. Mass murdered. Would that change your mind? I don’t know but how many times do we have to go through this before our government actually does something about it?"
Kerr's perspective on the topic is infused with personal experience. In 1984, Steve's father, Malcom Kerr, was shot and killed while Steve was in college.
Listen to their full conversation below (Kerr's opinions on gun control start at 30:30).