San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich Continues Calling for Civilian Disarmament After Mass Shootings
During a speech on April 9, 2023, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich criticized “cowardly legislators” for not passing gun control measures. He even suggested that the Second Amendment is a “myth” used to discredit efforts to pass gun control.
Popovich is notorious for voicing anti-gun views.
“I just wondered because we have a governor [Greg Abbott] and lieutenant governor [Dan Patrick] and an attorney general that made it easier to have more guns,” Popovich stated.
“That was a response to our kids getting murdered,” he added, making a reference to the Covenant school mass shooting where a transgender maniac murdered six people, which included three children. “I just thought that was a little bit strange decision. It’s just me, though.”
Popovich spoke to reporters before a Spurs’ victory against the Dallas Mavericks and asked them if they were carrying firearms while at work in the American Airlines Center.
“I just wondered because we have a governor [Greg Abbott] and lieutenant governor [Dan Patrick] and an attorney general that made it easier to have more guns,” Popovich stated. “I just thought that was a little bit strange decision. It’s just me, though. They’re going to cloak all this stuff [in] the myth of the Second Amendment, the freedom. You know, it’s just a myth. It’s a joke. It’s just a game they play. I mean, that’s freedom,” he added.
“Is it freedom for kids to go to school and try to socialize and try to learn and be scared to death that they might die that day?”
Popovich then sharply criticized Texas Senator Ted Cruz who has proposed stronger law enforcement measures at schools to protect students and staff from mass shooters.
“’But Ted Cruz will fix it because he is going to double the number of cops in the schools. That’s what he wants to do. Well, that’ll create a great environment. Is that freedom? Or is it freedom to have a congressman who can make a postcard with all his family holding rifles, including an AR-15 or whatever,” Popovich remarked.
“Is that cool? Is that like street cred for a Republican? That’s freedom? That’s more important than protecting kids? I don’t get it. You know, the greed of the gun lobbies and the manufacturers is obvious.
We all know that. Money talks, but the cowardice and the selfishness of the legislators who are so scared to death of being primaried and losing their job, losing their power, losing their salary.
You’d like to get each one of them in a room just one by one and say, ‘What’s more important to you? If you could vote for some good gun safety laws that most of the public agrees to, would you do that if it saved one kid?’ Or is your job and your money so important to you that you would say, ‘Screw the kid?’,” the San Antonio Spurs coach remarked.
While Popovich should be commended for his work in coaching the Spurs to five NBA championship victories, his politics are frankly horrible. And to be honest, given the Spurs’ dismal 22-60 season, Popovich should perhaps focus more on coaching basketball than moonlighting as a political commentator.