For Steve Kerr, whose father was shot to death, gun control debate is personal

NEWARK, Calif. — Most people — including the several hundred who filled a gymnasium in this sleepy Northern California suburb Monday afternoon — know Steve Kerr as the two-time champion coach of the Golden State Warriors, his latest role in his three-decade career in professional basketball.

But when Kerr took the microphone at Newark Memorial High as part of a town-hall-style event held in the wake of the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, he stood before the group featuring students from several area high schools as something else: a victim of gun violence.

“I know what it feels like,” Kerr said. “I know how it feels.”

Kerr’s father, Malcolm, was assassinated on Jan. 18, 1984, targeted because he was president of the American University of Beirut.

Kerr was 18 at the time, a freshman at the University of Arizona, not much older than the students he was addressing Monday in the event held by Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif. While Kerr has made it clear he is willing to speaking out about various issues in society, his feelings about gun violence come from a very personal place.

“I know how the Parkland families feel, or the Aurora families, or Sandy Hook,” he said, referencing other recent mass shootings. “I met with some of the families from the Las Vegas shooting. … It’s awful. It’s devastating. It’s horrible.

“This is pretty simple: Let’s see if we can do something about it. Let’s save some lives.”

It was that desire to save lives, to enact change, that led Kerr to speak at Monday’s event. He was there because of a chance meeting with Khanna while the Warriors were in Washington two weeks ago. Khanna is friends with Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams and was having dinner with Adams and his wife when Kerr came …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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