Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told senators that the Trump administration‘s school safety commission will not consider possible changes to gun laws. Rep. Marc Pocan calls the study panel “a sham.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told senators that the Trump administration‘s school safety commission will not study possible changes to gun laws, Politico reports. DeVos was asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) whether the commission, formed after the Parkland, Fl. high school shooting, would examine guns.
“That is not part of the commission’s charge per se,” said DeVos, who chairs the commission. Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime died in the Feb. 14 murders, said on Twitter that DeVos’ comment would motivate voters who care about gun safety. “You just gave every parent who actually cares about school safety a reason to vote in November,” Guttenberg tweeted.
“The Trump administration is far more concerned with securing [National Rifle Association] support than addressing the root causes of gun violence–namely, our lax gun laws,” said John Feinblatt of Everytown for Gun Safety. DeVos said, “We’re actually studying school safety…” She said that the commission would be focused on the roughly 20 areas that the White House had outlined for it. The White House’s fact sheet announcing the formation of the commission in March said the panel “will study and make recommendations” on a range of areas, including “age restrictions for certain firearm purchases.” Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), a member of the House education committee, on Twitter called DeVos’ commission “a sham.” He said, “Students aren’t dying from grizzly bears,” a reference to a comment Devos made during her confirmation hearing when she suggested that a Wyoming school may need guns to protect against “potential grizzlies.”