MIAMI, Fla. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) – The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics pay tribute to the victims of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers, their sports leagues reacted by offering condolences to the families of the victims and calling for stricter gun laws.
As the sport continued, each match seemed diminished by the magnitude of Tuesday’s tragedy.
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Before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics in Miami, a moment of silence was held for those lost.
“The Heat urges you to contact your state senators by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message demanding your support for common sense gun laws. He can also give change at the polls, ”said a message from the public address announcer after the silence, while the crowd expressed its approval with cheers.
The first half of the game was well set up before the Celtics pulled away from the Heat in the third quarter to build an unassailable lead and win 93-80. Jaylen Brown was the Celtics’ leading scorer with 25 points and Jayson Tatum added 22.
Boston now takes a 3-2 series lead and is just one win away from its first NBA Finals appearance in 12 years.
Tuesday’s shooting by an 18-year-old was the second mass shooting in the United States in less than two weeks after another 18-year-old gunman peddling white supremacist theories allegedly killed 10 black Americans in Buffalo.
“Obviously everyone says their prayers and their condolences to the families of those children,” Tatum told reporters, “but at some point you get tired of going through the same process and the same result keeps happening over and over again.
“I’m a basketball player, I don’t have many answers,” he added, “but something has to change in that sense because obviously things like this unfortunately continue to happen.”
Meanwhile, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra began his pregame news conference by saying he was “devastated by the news.”
“It just keeps happening,” he said. “I know everyone says there needs to be a call to action, and I think what this forces people to do is just figure it out, including me.
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“We don’t have the answers, but we want to be heard so we can force change on the people who can actually make the change.”
‘Sad beyond measure’
Other US sports leagues also expressed their shock and sadness and offered their condolences to the families of the victims.
“That parents are afraid to send their children to school, that children are afraid to go to school for their health and well-being, it is an immeasurable sadness,” LA Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said in Washington. , DC, before his team’s game against the Nationals.
“It is ironic that he is sitting here in the nation’s capital, where he has climbed the flagpole,” he continued.
“But it seems to reach an impasse in the Senate. How there can’t be a bipartisan consensus on an issue like this is very disheartening, very irresponsible on the part of our leaders. You have to do something and be proactive about it… When is enough, enough?”
In March of last year, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed HR8 to expand background checks on all commercial gun sales. Eight Republicans supported the legislation.
Another bill, HR1446, passed by the House would close a loophole that allows some licensed gun sales to take place before the required background check is completed.
It is unclear when the Senate will vote on these measures, but he needs 60 votes in the House to overcome a filibuster and it is clear that the legislation does not have that support, nor is there enough support among Democrats to gut the filibuster.
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