Steve Kerr is much more than a basketball coach. The man who leads the Warriors has been a leader in speaking out on America's constant issue with gun violence.
After the Warriors' loss to the Blazers on Wednesday night in Portland, Kerr reflected on the issue once again. One year ago, on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2018, 14 children died in a mass shooting a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Here's Kerr's message to the young activists fighting for better gun laws in our country:
Today i sat in the exact same Portland hotel room as i did one year ago,when I watched the horrific Parkland news on TV. I’m thinking about the victims and their families, the devastation and the despair. But I’m also inspired by the @AMarch4OurLives movement that has blossomed— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) February 14, 2019
since then, led by a remarkable group of young people who are changing the course of gun safety laws in the US. Please join me in supporting groups like @AMarch4OurLives @BradyCampaign, and @sandyhook as we all must hold our elected officials accountable for the protection of our— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) February 14, 2019
families, friends and fellow citizens. We need common sense gun laws to help thwart the horror of the gun violence that occurs daily in our country. Enough is enough. The young people will win, and thank God, because the old people have let us down on this issue for too long.— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) February 14, 2019
Kerr participated in March For Our Lives last year, a grass-roots demonstration in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting. Less than two weeks before the march, he addressed a town hall in Newark, where he said: “There are many things to debate, but kids getting murdered...that’s not up for debate.”
In 1984 Kerr's father, Malcolm, was assassinated by a gunman while serving as President at the American University of Beirut.
“When my dad died, I was 18. I was still, relatively, a kid, just beginning to grow up. And it shaped the way I thought about the world," Kerr said to NBC Sports Bay Area. "It disillusioned me in many ways. And everything that’s happened since, I’ve always had the big-picture, global perspective in mind.”
As the Warriors continue their run for a three-peat, the man who leads the team sitting on the bench will continue standing up for what's more important in life.