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Steve Kerr labels America 'insane' over their attitude towards gun laws

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The dust has settled on the Golden State Warriors' incredible collapse during the NBA Finals. Having watched his team surrender a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Steve Kerr will be making plans for the future as the Dubs look to avenge their agonising disappointment at the hands of LeBron James and co.

However, with the offseason upon us, Kerr has some time to focus his attentions on things other than basketball - but only briefly as he will soon be back in the office drafting up plans of attack to wrestle the Larry O'Brien trophy back from Ohio.

The issue of gun control in the United States of America has waged on for years and it has reached boiling point after the worst mass shooting in the nation's history in Orlando, Florida as 49 people were killed in cold blood at a night club two weeks ago.

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Having lost his father, Malcolm H. Kerr, to gun violence in 1984, the Warriors head coach is better placed than most to talk about the risks that come with America's lax gun laws.

Kerr's dad was not murdered in the United States, however, he believes it is time for his home nation to clamp down on people's ability to purchase firearms. Describing the difficult, or lack of, in the process - where it is easy for the majority of citizens to buy a fully automatic weapon - as 'insane'.

On the Talking Points podcast with Tim Kawakami, the former Chicago Bulls sixth man said: “I kind of think that our forefathers would not have OK’d 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 to get a driver’s license. It’s insane.

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"As somebody who’s had a family member shot and killed, it devastates me every time I read about this stuff — like what happened in Orlando — and then it’s even more devastating to see the government just cowing to the NRA and going to this totally outdated Bill Of Rights, right to bear arms.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, you know, but come on. The rest of the world thinks we’re insane. We are insane."

Kerr did not stop there. As his comments show, he is hardly a strong supporter of Article Five of the Bill of Rights. He went on to deem many American citizens and politicians' backing of a 240-year-old rule as - you guessed it - insane.

“I just have to get this off my chest. Our government is insane. We are insane. And what bugs me is this adherence to the right to bear arms, you know. That was back in 1776.

"People didn’t own automatic rifles. You had to have a musket in case the Redcoats were coming, the British were coming. And the beautiful thing about the Constitution is they left open amendments to change things because things change over time."


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