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Warriors head coach Steve Kerr on gun control: ‘Our government is insane, we are insane’

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in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose father Malcom was assassinated by a gunmen in Lebanon in 1984, on Friday decided to get a little political during a guest appearance on Bay Area sportswriter Tim Kawakami’s TK Show podcast, voicing a strong endorsement of harsher background checks for the purchase of firearms in America.

Kerr called the U.S. government “insane” for failing to adopt stricter measures in ensuring guns don’t get into the hands of the wrong people in the country. Though from the world of sports, Kerr’s intellect outside the world of basketball has been well documented — his non-NBA reading list can be explored more here.

Here’s the full text of Kerr’s comments during the podcast:

“As a basketball coach I don’t often get political, but if you don’t mind, I just want to say, when 90 percent of our country wants background checks on gun purchases, and we’ve got our Senate and our House not only voting it down, but using the Bill of Rights as a reason for people to have rights to carry these automatic weapons, and we’re getting people murdered every day at an alarming rate.

“I just have to get this off my chest. Our government is insane. We are insane. What bugs me is this adherence to the right to bear arms. That was back in 1776. People didn’t own automatic rifles. You had to have a musket in case the Red Coats were coming. The beautiful thing about the Constitution is they left open Amendments to change things because, things change over time.

“I kind of think our forefathers would not have OKed automatic weapons to be sold to everybody if they existed back then.

“Let’s have some checks. It’s easier to get a gun than it is a driver’s license. It’s insane. And as somebody whose had a family member shot and killed, it just devastates me every time I read about this stuff, like what happened in Orlando, and then its even more devastating to see the government just cowing to the NRA and going to this totally outdated Bill of Rights, right to bear arms, if you want to own a musket, fine. But come on.

“The rest of the world thinks we’re insane, and we are insane. Until we vote this senators and congressmen and women out of office, the same thing’ is going to happen.

It’s infuriating and I had to get that off my chest.”

This is hardly the first time Kerr has voiced his opinions of gun control — during the Warriors 2015 championship celebration at the White House, Kerr made it a special point to thank President Barack Obama for his contributions and work on the issue. During his visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Kerr said gun control “is an important political issue for me and my family. We believe very strongly there needs to be greater measures, so how often am I going to get the chance to thank the president for something that he’s working on? He seemed very appreciative.”

Malcom Kerr was serving as the president of the American University of Beirut when he was gunned down by Islamic terrorists, who were equipped with silenced revolvers, outside his office. Steve was a freshman at the University of Arizona when his father was murdered by a pro-Iranian group calling itself the Islamic Holy War, who claimed responsibility, according to the New York Times.

“How many times do we have to go through this before our government actually does something about it?” Kerr said during Friday’s podcast. “It’s just incredible.”

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Bucks bycott Game 5 in wake of Jacob Blake shooting, NBA season now in limbo

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Milwakee Bucks issue a statement

ORLANDO, Florida (Diya TV) — As the video of George Flyod’s killing spread across social media, the Black Lives Matter movement grew stronger & folks took to the streets to protest against police brutality. The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando. This Sunday, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, seven times in the back.

Outraged, the Milwaukee Bucks players, decided to boycott Game 5 of the playoff series against the Orlando Magic. They forfiet the game, but the Magic refused to accept the Bucks’ forfeit and instead, both teams stood united, and the Bucks called Wisconsin’s Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor during “game time”.

The news spread quickly and other teams followed suit, notably the Rockets and Thunder, after Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul discussed the boycott.

Coincidently, four years ago today, former 49er Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally said that he that he wished they “had listened to Kaepernick earlier.” Kaepernick, who was essentially exiled from the league, has been receiving a lot of praise after today’s boycott.

The players took the “game time” to call the Attorney General Josh Kaul & Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

Twittersphere saw a barrage of reactions from players, coaches to former president Barack Obama

The 29-year-old, Jacob Blake was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, while his three children sat inside. Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday.

After the historic walkout, a players meeting was organized that continued past midnight in Orlando & sources say there was some frustration in the meeting among the players with the Bucks blindsiding everyone with their walk-out plan. Bucks’ guard, George Hill admitted he first sparked conversation pregame to boycott and his teammates supported.

As the teams voted on the status of the season, the LA Clippers & LA Lakers voted to boycott the NBA season, with LeBron James walking out of the meeting. He was soon followed by all the players from the LA teams.

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India, Pakistan spar over women’s rights in Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — At the United Nations, both India and Pakistan’s representatives took shots at their counterpart over women’s rights. Islamabad’s outgoing envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the women in Jammu and Kashmir were suffering due to the communication blackout in the state. India’s First Secretary to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said, without naming Pakistan, these “baseless statements” were ironic given the amount of honor killings that take place there annually.

Rajeev Majumdar is the new president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the first state bar president of South Asian descent in the United States.

For the first time, India entered the ranks of the top ten countries sending visitors to the United States, with tourists from India spending nearly $16 billion in the U.S. in 2018 alone.

And while the Kings and Pacers played two entertaining games in Mumbai, their legacy will include supporting five under-resourced schools in and around the region, outfitting them with Smart Classrooms, STEM training and new basketball courts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi 150th birth anniversary noted around the world

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) —  Celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have been ongoing for the past year, but culminated with a ceremony in New Delhi featuring Prime Minister Modi and another in Washington at the Library of Congress. And France’s government worked with the Indian Embassy there to issue a stamp in honor of his birth anniversary.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal are meeting this week to continue the US-India discussion on trade and investment.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb came to New Delhi to strengthen ties between the Hoosier State and India. Infosys has already made a large commitment there. Holcomb is part of a large delegation of Americans now heading Mumbai to take in the first-ever NBA preseason games in India featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings.

Bollywood turned Hollywood actor Anupam Kher came to the Bay Area to keynote the Akshay Patra annual fundraising gala that helps feed children in India a hot meal during the school year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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