Steve Kerr to participate in town-hall discussion on gun violence

Mark Medina, The Mercury News on

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Steve Kerr has refused to shut up and coach.

As part of his continued outspokenness about gun violence in the United States, the Warriors coach will participate in a town-hall style meeting with Rep. Ro Khanna and high school students in at Newark (Calif.) Memorial High School on Monday. The students will be from California's 17th congressional district, which represents areas in Silicon Valley.

Beyond Kerr's strong political beliefs and criticism toward President Donald Trump, he has a personal stake in the issue. His late father, Malcolm, was an American academic who specialized in Middle Eastern affairs before he was assassinated in Beirut in 1984 in an act of terrorism.

In the past year, Kerr has spoken out about the need for stronger gun control after mass shootings in Las Vegas, at a church in Texas and at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Each time, Kerr has decried the government's unwillingness to make it harder for people to purchase a gun. He also has critiqued the NRA's strong influence on public policy surrounding this issue.

Kerr has often argued that gun use should be regulated in the same way that automobiles are.

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"All these things are safety issues and I think we somehow get our government cut through all the crap and get right to the point -- the point of fact, which is safety," Kerr said in November. "Which means a lot of things we can do without taking away people's 2nd amendment rights. Let's do the sensible thing."

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