Miami Heat urge fans at playoff game to demand gun reform

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Texas wide shooting reignites statement connected weapon betterment

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The Miami Heat preceded their Wednesday nighttime playoff matchup against the Boston Celtics with a infinitesimal of soundlessness and a telephone to enactment successful the aftermath of the elementary schoolhouse shooting successful Texas that killed 19 children and 2 teachers.

"The Heat organization, the Boston Celtics and the NBA household besides mourn those who mislaid their lives successful the senseless shooting that took spot yesterday astatine Robb Elementary School successful Uvalde, Texas," said the nationalist code announcer astatine Miami's FTX Arena. "Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends, and the full Robb Elementary School and Uvalde community."

A infinitesimal of silence.

— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 26, 2022

After the infinitesimal of silence, the announcer urged radical to interaction their state's senators "to permission a connection demanding their enactment for common-sense weapon laws." He besides encouraged fans to registry to ballot up of the autumn elections.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted a effect successful which helium accused the NBA of ignoring quality rights abuses successful China portion "politicizing a horrific calamity successful America."

The @NBA doesn’t similar to speech astir the billions they marque from a China that enslaves Uyghur Muslims and harvests their organs

But they person nary occupation politicizing a horrific calamity successful America

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 26, 2022

The Celtics won Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference bid 93-80, giving them a 3-2 bid lead.

On Tuesday, Golden State Warriors caput manager Steve Kerr gave an impassioned plea for weapon betterment hours aft the Uvalde shooting.

"When are we going to bash something? I americium truthful bushed of getting up present and offering condolences to the devastated families that are retired there," said a visibly frustrated Kerr.

Steve Kerr connected Texas schoolhouse shooting: "When are we going to bash something?" 02:32

Kerr besides condemned U.S. senators for holding Americans "hostage" and refusing to ballot connected a bill passed by the House 2 years agone that would enforce stricter inheritance checks, contempt polls showing bulk support for it.

The Uvalde gunman, identified arsenic an 18-year-old from the area, was killed by instrumentality enforcement, constabulary said, with officials adding connected Wednesday that helium legally bought the weapon utilized successful the massacre.

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