Betsy DeVos’s federal school safety commission won’t look at guns

Betsy DeVos’s federal school safety commission won’t look at guns

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has set up a commission to study school safety in the aftermath of mass shootings like the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida, in February. But on Tuesday, DeVos revealed that the commission will not study a key problem: guns. “That is not part of the commission’s charge, per se,” DeVos told members of Congress . Pressed further, she said that the commission will study “school safety and how we can ensure our students are safe at school.” The commission’s report should come out by the end of the year, DeVos has said. According to Juana Summers at CNN , the first hearing focused on positive behavioral interventions like mentoring and counseling; changes to the country’s gun laws did not come up. Sen. Leahy: Will your school safety commission look at the role of firearms? Sec. DeVos: "That is not part of the commission’s charge, per se." Leahy: "So you’re studying gun violence but not considering the role of guns?" DeVos: "We’re actually studying school safety." pic.twitter.com/aGxwNHglRW — NBC News (@NBCNews) June 5, 2018 This is the latest absurd example of a politician or pundit avoiding the root of the problem. Since the Parkland shooting, we’ve had gun-friendly politicians and news outlets evade the issue of firearms and instead suggest fixes like making video games less violent , building fewer doors at schools , reducing access to porn , and installing actual weapons of war to blow open escape holes in […]

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