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‘What the hell do you need an AR-15 for?’ Spurs coach Popovich, Castro brothers speak at ‘Stand with Uvalde’ benefit rally

SAN ANTONIO – Hundreds of individuals gathered in Travis Park on Saturday to face with the city of Uvalde throughout a call-to-action occasion in help of the victims and households affected by the mass capturing at Robb Elementary.

The occasion was achieved to lift funds for households of the capturing victims and name on leaders to “deliver common sense reform to keep kids safe, and make clear that voters will hold politicians accountable for their inaction at the ballot box.”

The rally featured a number of notable audio system, together with Congressman Joaquin Castro, his brother and former Mayor Julian Castro, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and Voto Latino President María Teresa Kumar.

“Can we all agree that we should have background checks? We can all agree that an 18-year-old should not be walking around carrying guns. Those are the reforms we are talking about today, and for San Antonio to come together and to host it just on the outskirts of Uvalde, really speaks as to why the community here in Texas is ready for change,” Kumar mentioned. “The time for action is now.”

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Popovich, one other visitor speaker, mentioned sufficient is sufficient and urged everybody to register to vote to enact change.

“Texas is actually the place where five of the worst massacres in U.S. history have taken place,” Popovich mentioned.

Popovich counseled gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, who confronted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott throughout a press convention.

“The first reaction of the people up on the dais there was ‘you’re out of line’,” Popovich mentioned. “Who’s out of line? You’re out of line because you haven’t done crap and 19 more people were murdered. It’s just incredible, they think we’re stupid.”

The NBA’s most winningest coach additionally questioned why anybody ought to be capable to purchase an AR-15 assault rifle.

“Why can anybody buy an AR-15? I shouldn’t be able to buy one, you shouldn’t be able to buy one, what the hell do you need an AR-15 for?” Popovich mentioned.

The occasion comes 11 days after the horrific capturing at Robb elementary, the place 19 college students and two lecturers have been killed inside a classroom by a teen armed with an AR-15 rifle.

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Ramon Contreras, a political activist and co-founder of “Youth over Guns” has been advocating for widespread sense gun management after shedding his finest buddy to gun violence. He mentioned the conversations that should be had are greater than vital.

“(They’re) extremely important, one, because we saw one of the most horrifying tragedies happen in America which should have ended a long time ago, which is an elementary school being shot at, which is a majority Latino community — but the truth is there are Black, Latinos shot at every day,” Contreras mentioned.

Julian Castro, who additionally spoke at the rally, mentioned the folks of Uvalde and the nation are demanding change to the conditions solely Americans are confronted with.

“Other countries do not have the easy access to weapons of war that the United States has and should get rid of in the weeks to come, this is a uniquely an American problem,” he mentioned.

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