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Levin Blasts 'Moron' NBA Coach for 'Exploiting' Uvalde Shooting

By Stephanie Samsel | May 26, 2022 | 5:01pm EDT
Mark Levin speaks at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Mark Levin speaks at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Following the Uvalde shooting, eight-time NBA champion and coach Steve Kerr pleaded for stricter gun control in the U.S., eliciting rebuke from conservative radio host Mark Levin on his show Wednesday: “You derelict, you moron. Why don’t you get some facts? And stop exploiting what happened."

Levin especially criticized Kerr’s claims that senators were holding people "hostage” and refusing “to do anything about the violence and school shootings” by not passing H.R. 8, a bill requiring background checks for all firearm sales, including those between private parties:

"I ask you, are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of the lives of our children and our elderly and our church-goers?" Kerr asked the Republican senators.

Levin responded:

“Is this what he says every weekend when people are slaughtered throughout the United States, including the city his team represents, the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento? Is this what he says to Lori Lightfoot in Chicago? Is this what he says to George Soros with his non-prosecutor prosecutors? Is this what he says to the Democrats in New York City who allow people who have used guns and assaulted people out the back door? Killing people on subways? No. This guy’s a fraud, in my humble opinion."

 

Below is a transcript of this portion of “The Mark Levin Show”:

Mark Levin: “It’s time to ask ‘what changed?' Well, part of the problem is we have people like Steve Kerr. A lot of kids watch basketball — a lot of kids listen to these athletes. A lot of people yesterday had to listen to this from Steve Kerr, [the] Golden State Warriors coach. Cut 16, go." 

Steve Kerr: "When are we going to do something? I’m tired – I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there — "

Mark Levin: “Did you do that? Did you offer them condolences? Go ahead."

Steve Kerr: "I’m sorry, I’m tired of the moments of silence. Enough. There’s [sic] 50 senators right now who refuse to vote on H.R. 8, which is a background check rule that the House passed a couple years ago – it’s been sitting there for two years."

Mark Levin: “And what would that have done to stop this killer? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. He doesn’t even have the facts, when he — when he mostly focused on himself, drawing attention to himself. He didn’t have the facts. And the fact is that H.R. 8 wouldn’t have stopped this at all, period. And there was a universal background check. And [the Uvalde shooter, Salvador Ramos] passed. Go ahead. 

Steve Kerr: "They won’t vote on it, to hold onto power. So I ask you, Mitch McConnell, I ask all of you senators who refuse to do anything about the violence and school shootings and — "

Mark Levin: “They don’t refuse to do anything about the violence and school shootings. This is what I was explaining earlier: you’re only allowed to debate this issue in the context of what they demand — it’s like every other issue they demand. You’re only allowed to debate so-called 'systemic racism' in our society – police, school — only within the context that they demand. They do not want to have a serious, comprehensive discussion about ways in which we can better address this. They don’t want it, even though they claim they do. 

“So it’s a combination of the Joe Scarboroughs, the others in the Democrat Party, the Chris Murphys, the Joaquin Castros, the Mike Barnicles, just trashing and trashing and slashing and burning. They don’t want to have a discussion. They want their way. And their way wouldn’t have done a damn thing about this. ‘So let’s talk more about other things —’ No! 'You’re just avoiding what we demand.’ And then they wonder why there’s no resolution or at least no effort to resolve issues. Go ahead." 

Steve Kerr: " – supermarket shootings, I ask you, are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of the lives of our children and our elderly and our church-goers?"

Mark Levin: “Is this what he says every weekend when people are slaughtered throughout the United States, including the city his team represents, the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento? Is this what he says to Lori Lightfoot in Chicago? Is this what he says to George Soros with his non-prosecutor prosecutors? Is this what he says to the Democrats in New York City who allow people who have used guns and assaulted people out the back door? Killing people on subways? No. This guy’s a fraud, in my humble opinion. Just my opinion. [Clip] 17, go."

Steve Kerr: "And [to] fifty senators in Washington are going to hold us hostage: do you realize that 90% of Americans, regardless of political party, want background check — universal background check? 90% of them — "

Mark Levin: “We had universal background checks. We’ve had them for decades. And so it’s the fault of the Republican Party. It’s the fault of the NRA. Ten days ago, it was the fault of conservatives who want to secure the border. It’s always the same thing. And they say, ‘Why can’t we come up with some kind of unity and resolution?’ Go ahead."

Steve Kerr: "We are being held hostage by 50 senators — "

Mark Levin: “You’re not being held hostage by anybody! You derelict, you moron. Why don’t you get some facts? And stop exploiting what happened [Tuesday]. You’re the same leader of the choirs, every damn time of the choir. Every damn time. Just appalling."

Stephanie Samsel is a sophomore dual-major at Towson University, studying journalism and political science. As a CNSNews intern reporter, Campus Reform correspondent, and student government liaison for her College Republicans chapter, she aspires to hold politicians accountable and forge a career in conservative media. 

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