Betsy DeVos’ School Safety Commission is Not Researching Role of Guns in School Shootings

Despite the constant stream of school shooting news, the Federal Commission on School Safety chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will not look into the impact guns have on violence in schools or research ways to stop it teenagers from accessing firearms.

DeVos, who made the admission while testifying in front of the Senate appropriations subcommittee today, was asked by Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont if “your commission look at the role of fire arms as it relates to gun violence in our schools?”

“That is not part of the commission’s charge, per se,” responded DeVos.

When asked whether or not she think it is appropriate for an 18-year-old to purchase rifles and ammunition like the ones used in recent mass shootings, DeVos said:

“I believe that’s very much a matter for debate, and I know that’s been debated within this body and will continue to be. Our focus is on raising up successful proven techniques and approaches to ensuring schools are safe for students to attend.”

Leahy responded to DeVos’ statements by saying that the commission’s plan to “look at gun violence in schools but not look at guns [is] an interesting concept.”

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