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‘It’s Disgusting And It’s a Shame’: Steve Kerr Calls on Gov’t to Put Public Safety Over Interest of NRA

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about gun violence in America in the wake of the Texas mass shooting that claimed 26 lives, and made the case for putting partisanship aside to resolve the issue.

Ahead of the Warriors’ win against the Miami Heat, Kerr expressed his condolences to the victims and survivors of the attack. He then told reporters that “to solve [gun violence], I think we almost have to look at it like a public health issue.”

“I think too often, we get caught up in political rhetoric, 2nd Amendment rights, NRA stuff,” he continued. “We have to look at this as it having nothing to do with partisanship, political parties. It’s got to be a public safety issue, a public health issue.”

Kerr then referenced Nicholas Kristof’s New York Times analysis that was published yesterday, in which he called for regulating guns in that same way we regulate automobiles as a means of reducing deaths.

“All these things are just safety issues and I think we somehow get our government to cut through all the crap and get right to the point, the point of fact, which is safety. Which means a lot of things that we can do without taking away people’s 2nd Amendment rights. Let’s do the sensible thing.”

Then, Kerr took aim at the NRA: “But our government has to lead the way and they can’t just cave in to the NRA just because the NRA wants to make money,” he said. “They have to put people’s safety and health over the interests of the gun lobby and the gun industry. Doesn’t seem like it would be that far of a stretch, but for whatever reason, we’re paralyzed and unable to do anything to protect our citizens.”

” And it’s disgusting and it’s a shame,” he concluded.

Watch above, via KNBR.

Here is a transcript of Kerr’s full comments, courtesy of Athletic reporter Anthony Slater:

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