Yesterday was a tragic day and peoples lives have forever been changed because of one person’s actions. The people in Parkland, Florida experienced the unimaginable when a former student decided to enter the school and open fire, leaving 17 dead and 15 injured. At times like this, we are all reminded that the nation needs to come together to solve an overwhelming issue we have in society, not turn on each other and breed more hate.
Sometimes people really need to learn when it is best to keep personal feelings to themselves and out of their comments or at least know the appropriate times to express them. Sometimes tragedy ends up bringing out the worst in people.
Last night a well-known NBA coach let his personal feelings out during a press conference when it would have been best for him to keep his comments on the shooting to his condolences for the victims and their families. Instead of turning his rage on the killer he directed it at our president and the government influenced by his leadership. He took the opportunity of his press conference right after the tragedy to turn everyone listening on our nation’s leadership, further driving the hate and divisiveness that leads to people like Nikolas Cruz to feel justified committing heinous acts like this.
According to CBS Sports, Before Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr had strong words about the South Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead.
Steve Kerr on the massacre in Florida today, again speaking up for gun law reform pic.twitter.com/YHRaN6K9tX
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 15, 2018
“Nothing has been done. It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools. It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at a concert, in a movie theater. It’s not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, people that are running this country, to actually do anything. That’s demoralizing.
“But we can do something about it. We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect people’s lives and not just bow down to the NRA because they’ve financed their campaign for them. So, hopefully, we’ll find enough people, first of all, to vote good people in, but hopefully, we can find enough people with courage to help our citizens remain safe and focus on the real safety issues. Not building some stupid wall for billions of dollars that has nothing to do with our safety, but actually protecting us from what truly is dangerous, which is maniacs with semi-automatic weapons just slaughtering our children. It’s disgusting.”
Kerr has been vocal with his criticism of the administration of President Donald Trump. He wrote a letter to the president in September after the Warriors had their White House invitation revoked, urging Trump to “bring us together.” Kerr’s father, Malcolm H. Kerr, was shot and killed by two gunmen in 1984 while serving as President of the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.
Victims’ bodies in Parkland, Florida had not even been recovered from the scene when Kerr began spewing blame for the sickening events on a lack of gun control. It’s a known fact that criminals can and will get weapons in even the strictest controlled states, proving that gun control does not prevent these tragedies. The individual pulling the trigger and their reason for it is what needs to be addressed, but that’s a lot harder to control than weapons and wouldn’t allow liberals to blame it on Trump.
Cruz didn’t just get a gun because they’re allegedly easy to obtain in the state of Florida and then randomly shoot people for no reason. He had help in getting to this place of extreme violence and committing mass murder based on what cops found that he left behind. Suggesting what’s quite possible the motive of this attack, was his ties to Islamic terrorism. This was discovered in following people on social media in Syria who are part of the resistance movement.
Ironically, Trump has made combatting terrorism and the issues in Syria more than his predecessor. Rather than blaming the president for what didn’t cause this shooting to happen, he should be thanking him for doing what he can to prevent the spread of terrorism.