San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich used the final pregame press conference of the NBA season to call for stricter gun measures in the US and criticized lawmakers in his speech.

Popovich spoke to the media before the team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. The outspoken coach spoke for more than nine minutes, calling for stricter gun laws in the US and addressing Tennessee state lawmakers who voted to oust two state representatives.

He asked the journalists if any of them carried a weapon.

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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich advises guard Blake Wesley (14) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, California on Sunday, April 2, 2023.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich advises guard Blake Wesley (14) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, California on Sunday, April 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Randall Benton)

“I was wondering why we have a governor, a lieutenant governor and an attorney general who made it easy to have more guns,” Popovich said, referring to Texas officials, according to ESPN. «That was a response to the murder of our children. I just thought it was a bit of a weird decision. It’s just me though.»

«Well, since you guys asked, what would it take to move those people? What would it take?»

He then began his essay on Reps. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, the two Democrats who were ousted from the Tennessee legislature for their role in a protest calling for gun control after the March 27 school shooting. private Christian in Nashville, which killed six people, including three children.

«I mean, we have two young black men in Tennessee who have just been set up by a group of people who would bet their bottom line that they want to go back to Jim Crow,» Popovich said. «And what they just did is a good start. It’s beyond comprehension. And what were they guilty of? Did they really protest?»

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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich points to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Austin, Texas on Thursday, April 6, 2023.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich points to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Austin, Texas on Thursday, April 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

«Those [Tennessee Republican] legislators called these protesting boys insurgents. That’s hard to believe in America. But America is not what we thought America was. has changed. So if those children are insurgents, who were the people on January 6? What do we call them? What is the next step or word or level of violence after the insurgents? I don’t know what it is, what will it take?»

Popovich took issue with responses to the mass shooting at the Covenant School in Tennessee by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, and Gov. Bill Lee. Popovich quoted Blackburn’s office as saying the senator was in contact with authorities who responded to the shooting and Lee offered prayers and said he was monitoring the situation.

He then compared the Second Amendment to a «myth.»

«But they will cover up all these things [in] the myth of the Second Amendment, freedom,” he added. “You know, it’s just a myth. It’s a joke. It’s just a game they play. I mean, that’s freedom. Is it freedom for children to go to school and try to socialize and try to learn and be afraid of dying that day?»

«But Ted Cruz will fix it because he’s going to double the number of police officers in the schools. That’s what he wants to do. Well, that’ll create a great atmosphere. Is that freedom? Or is it freedom to have a congressman?» who can make a postcard with the whole family of him holding rifles, including an AR-15 or whatever. It’s great? Is it like street credibility for a Republican? Is that freedom? Is it more important than protecting children? I don’t understand. «

San Antonio Spurs beach coach Gregg Popovich sits on the bench during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Sunday, April 9, 2023.

San Antonio Spurs beach coach Gregg Popovich sits on the bench during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Sunday, April 9, 2023. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Popovich added that it may take the gruesome school shooting for things to really change.

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«You know, these people think we’re stupid, both Republicans and Democrats. But they may be right because they get away with that crap. They tell us things about prayers and, you know, their offices are monitoring these things, like I said. Get away from me. Stop all the bulls —. Stop talking bad to us. We’re not stupid, but you’ll do it to keep your jobs,» he added.