WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK IN TEXAS IS TRAGIC AND IT SHOULD SCARE THE HECK OUT OF ALL OF US.  For Many Reasons.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK IN TEXAS IS TRAGIC AND IT SHOULD SCARE THE HECK OUT OF ALL OF US.  For Many Reasons….

No words can express the sadness we all feel this week.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones directly impacted by this horror. Their lives will never be the same. And for all moms and dads who cried last night or have contemplated pulling their kids out of school or even moving to another country to raise their kids, we hear you and we are going through the same right now.  If there is no safety in our schools, which currently there is not, God help us all.

While it is easy for some to naively blame this incident on the shooter’s “mental health”, those of us in the field know it’s not that simple. 

Sadly, there are already people quickly staking their positions on what lead to the unexplainable.  It is mostly the politicians, overly eager to use this as an opportunity to further their own interest.  In the end, after a full investigation there will likely be several factors which contributed to the horror that occurred.  It will be complicated and messy and really, really sad. 

Some of the comments we have heard from politicians so early on are particularly disturbing. Texas Governor Greg Abbott suggests the shooting happened because the gunman had a “mental health challenge” and said, “Anybody who shoots somebody else has a mental health challenge“. According to the experts, however, he’s dead wrong.  The context of the statement is that he is saying this in rebuke to the suggestion that his state’s (lack of) appropriate gun laws had anything to do with this.  His words are both irresponsible and ridiculous.

On the other end of the political spectrum and with significantly more intelligence behind his words, Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said, “Spare me the bullshit about mental illness. We don’t have any more mental illness than any other country in the world. You cannot explain this through a prism of mental illness, because we don’t — we’re not an outlier on mental illness. We’re an outlier when it comes to access to firearms and the ability of criminals and very sick people to get their hands on firearms. That’s what makes America different.”

Regardless of one’s politics Steve Kerr’s words should speak to ALL of us in this clip below. Steve played with the second run of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls Championship 3-Peat and is now the coach of the Golden State Warriors.

He has personal experience with this kind of trauma.  In 1984 his father was assassinated in a targeted terrorist attack in Lebanon while  working as president of the American University of Beirut. Malcolm Kerr, whose predecessor had been kidnapped six months earlier, was shot in the back of the head by Shia militia in the hallway outside his office.

WATCH THE VIDEO: We respect Steve’s courage to speak from the heart and take a public stand.  We too implore ALL leaders to work together and do their part to help us all.  As with everything the solution to this horrific problem is rooted a “Both/And” perspective, not an “Either/Or”.

Steve Kerr Comments on the Tragic Shooting in Uvalde Texas