SAN FRANCISCO – The players and coaches of the U.S. men’s soccer team, along with the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics, have called on Congress to strongly support gun laws in the wake of Sunday’s mass shootings in the United States.
A shooting in Philadelphia has killed at least three people and injured 11, the latest in a spate of gun violence in the United States following recent massacres in Texas, New York and Oklahoma, police said Sunday, killing dozens of people. Read the full story
Before Game 2 of the NBA Finals in San Francisco, players and coaches wore orange T-shirts with “End Gun Violence” on the front and a list of advocacy agencies working to address the issue on the back.
“We, as a league, feel strongly that it is time for people to take note and participate in the nationwide effort to limit gun violence,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
“And there are ways to limit it. There are proven laws that are waiting to be passed.”
An 18-year-old gunman at an elementary school in South Texas last month received national attention for his passionate appeal for tax change after 19 children and two teachers were killed. Read the full story
Celtics coach Ime Udoka echoes calls for change.
“We’re all on the same page,” Udoka said.
Also on Sunday, the U.S. men’s soccer team sent an open letter to members of Congress urging them to pass strict gun laws.
“Our ability to influence change is limited, but not yours,” the U.S. men’s team said in a letter.
“You can vote against gun violence in America this week and you will be given that opportunity. In the coming days, the US House of Representatives will vote on a number of bills that would address this serious issue. Please vote yes to all bills considered. “
Like other team scores across the United States this weekend, the squad wore orange armbands in support of “Wire Orange Weekend” during their friendship on Sunday, an annual event calling for an end to gun violence. Read the full story
According to the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit research group, at least 239 people have been shot dead in the United States so far this year. It defines a mass shooting as one in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter.
U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Congress to ban weapons of mass destruction, expand background checks, and implement other gun control measures to deal with string of mass shootings.
A vast majority of American voters, both Republicans and Democrats, are in favor of strong gun control legislation, but Republicans in Congress and some moderate Democrats have blocked such legislation for years.
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