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

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is expected to participate in a town-hall discussion on gun violence next week at Newark Memorial High School, which is located in Silicon Valley, according to a report from The Mercury News.

Kerr, an outspoken advocate of gun control, has been especially vocal of late on the issue, especially in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre last October which left 58 people dead and hundreds wounded. More recently, Kerr voiced strong opinions on the gun rights issue after 17 students and staff were killed by a mass shooter on Feb. 14 at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Kerr has been particularly critical of the NRA in his comments on gun control, arguing the organization wields far too much power over public policy on issue.

“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 after the Vegas massacre. “Which means a lot of things we can do without taking away people’s 2nd amendment rights. Let’s do the sensible thing.”

Kerr again weighed in following the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas, condemning the U.S. government for their inaction on the issue.

“It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death, day after day in schools,” Kerr told reporters. “It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at a concert, at a movie theater. It’s not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, the people who are running this country to actually do anything. That’s demoralizing.”

The nature of gun violence hits extremely close to home for Kerr. His father, Malcolm, was assassinated in 1984 by two armed men outside his office at the American University of Beirut, where he was a professor.