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Kerr’s plea

Steve Kerr (AP photo)

Steve Kerr (AP photo)

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, whose father was murdered by a violent Islamic group in 1984, has made a passionate plea for stronger background checks on US gun purchases.

Kerr spoke Friday on a podcast by San Jose Mercury News sports columnist Tim Kawakami about the Warriors’ loss to Cleveland in the NBA Finals then took the conversation into politics.

‘‘Our government is insane,’’ Kerr said, for failing to pass gun control legislation.

Democratic members of the House of Representatives staged a 24-hour sit-in Wednesday and Thursday to protest the inability to even have a vote on gun restriction proposals.

Kerr’s father, Malcolm, was the president of the American University of Beirut.

He was gunned down in the hallway outside his office in 1984 while his son was a freshman basketball standout at the University of Arizona.

‘‘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.’’