Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will join Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Kanna for a student town hall meeting at a Bay Area high school next Monday, according to Raj Mathai of NBC Bay Area. Kerr, an outspoken gun control advocate who’s father was killed by a gunman in 1984, will speak at Newark Memorial High School in the East Bay.
CONFIRMED: #Warriors coach @SteveKerr will join Silicon Valley Congressman @RoKhanna for student town hall on gun violence at Newark Memorial High School on Monday (20 miles south of Oakland). Kerr is outspoken advocate for #GunControl. His dad was killed by gunmen in 1984. #NBA
— Raj Mathai (@rajmathai) March 8, 2018
The town hall, dubbed a “conversation on gun violence,” is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Monday. Kerr has spoken out on gun control and gun violence on multiple occasions since taking over as the Warriors’ head coach. After 26 people were killed inside of First Baptist Church in the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs in November, Kerr said that America needs to make gun control a “public health issue.” Last week, Kerr praised the students of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida for speaking out against gun violence, after the group was unwillingly thrust into the center of the topic.
Unfortunately, gun violence is an issue near a dear to Kerr’s heart. Kerr’s father Malcolm was assassinated in the hallway outside of his office while serving as president of the American University of Beirut. Steve Kerr was 18 years old at the time.
Khanna represents California’s 17th congressional district, which consists mostly of Silicon Valley cities and includes Newark.