In the wake of any tragedy, there arises an opportunity for the liberal left to exploit emotional outpourings in order to push their political agenda.
For the most part, these indoctrination sessions are limited to familiar faces within the mainstream media and Beltway politics, with a few key democratic players making the rounds and uttering the same, tired talking points on a press circuit akin to a Hollywood blockbuster release.
Other celebrities often find themselves chiming in as well, utilizing the soapbox that is Twitter to disseminate their often under-researched views and faulty memes to the delight of their progressive posse.
Every now and again, however, someone from way outside the realm of relevance will get loud, such as the case of NBA basketball coach Steve Kerr this week.
During a recent press conference, Kerr traded in his playbook for punditry, lashing out against conservatives in Congress and gun rights.
“‘Nothing has been done. It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools. It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at a concert, in a movie theater. It’s not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, people that are running this country, to actually do anything. That’s demoralizing.’
“‘But we can do something about it. We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect people’s lives and not just bow down to the NRA because they’ve financed their campaign for them. So, hopefully we’ll find enough people, first of all, to vote good people in, but hopefully we can find enough people with courage to help our citizens remain safe and focus on the real safety issues. Not building some stupid wall for billions of dollars that has nothing to do with our safety, but actually protecting us from what truly is dangerous, which is maniacs with semi-automatic weapons just slaughtering our children. It’s disgusting.'”
Kerr’s perceived authority on the subject stems from his long history of railing against gun rights after the shooting of his parents in 1984.
While it completely moral to sympathize with Kerr over his loss, the fact of the matter still remains that the Second Amendment is more important and intrinsic to the freedom of Americans than almost anything else – with the First Amendment possibly being the sole exception.
Which means, in essence, Kerr can keep saying whatever he wishes, but we certainly don’t have to listen.