Kerr advocates for gun control after Virginia Beach shooting

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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is one of the most outspoken coaches in the NBA.

A trip to the NBA Finals isn’t changing that.

Before Kerr and the Warriors took the court for a critical Game 2 matchup against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, he appeared in front of the media wearing an orange and purple “Vote For Our Lives” shirt.

Kerr explained he wore the shirt — which is a play off “March For Our Lives,” the organization created by students after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 now advocating for gun control — because of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach on Friday afternoon, where a city employee killed 12 people at a municipal office.

The 53-year-old is a long advocate of gun control in the United States, and has been calling for change for years. He even hosted a town hall about the issue in the Bay Area last year, too.

The whole point of the shirt, he said, is to urge Americans to vote for leaders who will help create change.

“This shirt has everything to do with the tragedy in Virginia Beach a couple days ago and how devastated so many families are and so many people are,” Kerr said. “The shirt is a reminder that the only way we can get out of this mess is to actually vote and to vote for people who are going to be willing to create some change in our gun laws in our country.

“The young generation, the ‘March For Our Lives’ generation, has really inspired me. So I offer my support to them and to all young people in hope that we can create a change where we don’t all have to walk around scared we’re going to get shot in our country.”

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