Kerr advocates for gun control after Virginia Beach shooting

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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Jun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young (middle) and center JaVale McGee (right) celebrate during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the championship trophy during the Golden State Warriors Victory Parade on June 12, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 to win the 2018 NBA Finals. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the championship trophy during the Golden State Warriors Victory Parade on June 12, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 to win the 2018 NBA Finals. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the championship trophy during the Golden State Warriors Victory Parade on June 12, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 to win the 2018 NBA Finals. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Jun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) rides with a cigar in his mouth during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and wife Ayesha react during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young (6) high fives fans with a cigar in his mouth during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) takes a selfie with fans during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Mayor Libby Schaaf sporting two Championship rings at the Golden State Warriors championship parade on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (David DeBolt/Bay Area News Group via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Spencer Phillips, a 23-year-old firefighting student from Los Altos, was ready to watch the parade from a colorful hammock he?d strung between a tree and a traffic sign near Franklin Street. ?It?s so comfy,? said Phillips, who was wearing long blue-and-yellow Warriors socks. ?Last year I was in the heat at the finish line. This year I was smarter.? (Casey Tolan/Bay Area News Group via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Willie Jones, 65, of Oakland, found a shady grassy area near the corner of Oak and 13th Street to lay out his Warriors blanket where he and his dog Samantha could watch the very end of the Golden State Warriors championship parade on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. He attended one of the playoff games against the Houston Rockets this year and is just 'enjoying the third championship' in four years. (Joseph Geha/Bay Area News Group via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Fans wait on Broadway during the Golden State Warriors championship parade in downtown Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via Getty Images)
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