This afternoon’s church shooting in nearby Sutherland Springs has cast a pall over the Spurs-Phoenix game at the AT&T Center. The Spurs will hold a moment of silence for the victims before tipoff. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did not address the shooting in his pregame meeting with reporters, but was clearly shaken.

In the Spurs’ locker room before the game, center Pau Gasol called for an examination of America’s gun laws in the wake of yet another mass shooting, this one 30 miles or so from the Spurs’ home arena.

“I mean, to me it’s gotten out of control,” Gasol said. “The situation, the laws, the gun regulations, they need to be addressed. It’s anywhere — concerts, schools, churches, kids. I mean, it’s devastating. But it’s a reality that needs to be addressed. I’m unaware of how or the powers behind the gun laws and gun organizations in this country, but you need to protect the innocent. It’s happened down the road. It could have happened to any of us. It could happen in the supermarket next time. It could happen anywhere. It’s gotten to a point that it’s really worrisome. Really worrisome.”

Gasol, 37, is from Spain. He acknowledges the gun control discussion in the United States are a complicated issue.

“There’s just too many innocent people that are dying, families that are being destroyed for life,” Gasol said. “I think it’s grave enough that something needs to change for the better. I don’t know how. I can’t do much about it except express my opinion and my concern as a human being. But something without a question to me … the point is, it can happen to anyone. It’s mind-blowing.”