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There are a number of issues that Stephen Curry would like to see addressed in the United States, including gun control, race relations, and gender equality.

Of those, the Golden State Warriors point guard believes the nation is closest to changing gun laws.

“I think gun control is the most realistic because I don’t know what other examples we need about having to create a safe environment for kids going to school,” Curry told The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “We obviously know what happened in Florida, what’s happened historically with all the school shootings.”

Curry was referring to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14 that claimed 17 lives. The father of two (with a third on the way) emphasized the importance of fortifying federal gun control laws for the sake of the nation’s future.

“That’s just a simple policy change that can help,” he said. “Simple as in it seems pretty commonsense. I know there are people on both sides, but it’s pretty clear if we’re really trying to protect the next generation, that’s a must. The conversation has already been started and I think there’s enough momentum to get over the hump.”

The two-time MVP said he was encouraged by seeing several Stoneman Douglas survivors come forward publicly to demand change.

“You saw what happened on TV at the town hall where kids are face to face with politicians asking some tough questions, trying to get answers about why can’t things change,” Curry said.

Similar to Curry, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said his “first choice” of problems to fix would be “eliminating semi-automatic weapons from our society.”

There has been some momentum in that direction. Delta Air Lines and United recently joined a growing list of powerful companies that cut ties with the National Rifle Association, and Dick’s Sporting Goods announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell assault-style rifles or high-capacity magazines. In addition, a new CNN poll suggests 70 percent of U.S. citizens are in favor of tighter gun laws, while President Donald Trump promised Monday to “turn our grief into action.”

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Ben Simmons has heard enough from President Donald Trump.

“I think he’s an idiot,” Simmons told FOX Sports News 500 during the Philadelphia 76ers‘ media day Monday.

“If he were in Australia right now, a lot of people would call him a dickhead, and that’s how I personally feel.”

Trump made headlines this past weekend with his remarks concerning NFL players protesting during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” encouraging owners to fire anyone who “disrespects our flag.” Simmons believes that’s just one of many errors in judgment the POTUS has made.

“Some of the comments he’s just made about players, the NFL, the anthem. Everyone respects America, and everyone thinks America is a great country, but he’s the wrong person to be in charge of it,” added Simmons.

“I think, as a man, you’re not supposed to be tweeting like that, saying remarks about women, what people should be doing, how you talk to leaders of other countries, and putting America in a situation where it doesn’t need to be like that.”

The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft is a native of Melbourne but has dual citizenship. In the country he now calls home, though, he questions whether the man in charge is fit to be in office.

“He just brings more anger and hatred to the U.S. It’s unneeded,” Simmons said.

“I think the U.S. is a great country. I love being here. I’m very appreciative of the job I’m in. I think he’s the wrong person to be in charge. He’s definitely not a leader.”

Simmons will make his debut with Philadelphia this upcoming season after missing the entire 2016-17 campaign with a broken right foot.

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With the United States and North Korea locked in a nuclear standoff, Dennis Rodman hopes to serve as the voice of reason between the two sides.

Having visited Kim Jong-un on multiple occasions, the five-time NBA champion believes he can play a role in calming tensions between Donald Trump and the North Korea leader.

“For me to go over there and see (Kim) as much as I have, I basically hang out with him all the time,” Rodman said on “Good Morning Britain,” as transcribed by Reuters. “We laugh, we sing karaoke, we do a lot of cool things together. We ride horses, we hang out, we go skiing, we hardly ever talk politics and that’s the good thing.

“I don’t love (Kim),” he added. “I just want to try to straighten things out for everyone to get along together.”

North Korea has carried out a number of nuclear tests, leading Trump to warn of “fire and fury” in response.

LaDainian Tomlinson pleaded for racial unity and harmony during his Hall of Fame speech, a common theme of the evening amid a turbulent political climate.

The former Chargers running back recounted a story of his great-great-great grandfather coming to the United States on a slave ship from West Africa, and called for harmony in these polarizing times.

“The family legacy that began in such a cruel way has given birth to generations of successful, caring Tomlinsons,” he said Saturday. “I firmly believe that God chose me to help bring two races together under one last name: Tomlinson. I’m of mixed race, and I represent America. My story is America’s story. All our ancestors, unless we’re American Indian, came from another country, another culture. Football is a microcosm of America. All races, religions, and creeds living, playing, competing side by side.”

Tomlinson continued, invoking the message of change championed by former President Barack Obama.

“On America’s team, let’s not choose to be against one another. Let’s choose to be for one another. My great-great-great grandfather had no choice. We have one. I pray we dedicate ourselves to be the best team we can be, working and living together, representing the highest ideals of mankind, leading the way for all nations to follow. One of the most eloquent orators of our time said it best in his farewell address. Paraphrasing and humbly building upon what President Obama said, ‘We all have to try harder, show up, dive in and stay at it.’ I am asking you to believe in your ability to bring about change, to hold fast to the faith and the idea whispered by slaves: ‘Yes, we can.'”

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Wayne Simmonds has experienced racism in the NHL first-hand in the past, and according to the Philadelphia Flyers forward, it’s still an issue in the league.

“I don’t want to say it’s completely gone – racism in the game – because I believe it’s not,” Simmonds told Joey Vendetta of Sportsnet 590 on Wednesday. “I’ve had situations arise where I’ve had things said to me or done to me, but I think for myself it’s kind of a motivator.”

Simmonds grew up in Toronto, and played junior in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, but having played his entire pro career in the United States with the Los Angeles Kings and Flyers, he’s noticed a difference between the two countries.

“Growing up in Canada, I think it was a little bit different. Obviously hockey is life in Canada. So you grow up as a young black kid and everyone is playing hockey around you, so it’s easy to get into,” Simmonds said.

“But I think it’s just easier in Canada. I think the States is kind of, as it’s going now – I don’t want to say it’s segregated, but I think you feel it a little bit more. You feel it a little bit more in the States, whereas in Canada it’s – especially in Toronto, it’s a melting pot. You’ve got every single culture. You’ve got everything here under the sun. It’s like a rainbow. You just don’t feel it as much when you’re growing up in Canada. And I moved to the States I started to notice it a little bit more, but I’m always around good people so it doesn’t have an effect on me.”

Simmonds generally let’s his play do the talking, and lately, his performance has spoken volumes, setting a career high in goals last season with 32.