“U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday appeared to back away from studying guns’ impact on school violence, telling a Senate panel that the topic was not a priority of the Federal Commission on School Safety,” NBCNews reports.
“DeVos made her remarks during testimony before a Senate subcommittee, where Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked if the commission would ‘look at the role of firearms as it relates to gun violence in our schools.'”
“She answered, ‘That is not part of the commission’s charge, per se.'”
“Leahy shot back, ‘So, you’re studying gun violence but not considering the role of guns.'”
“[DeVos’] statement seemed to contradict the mission statement of the commission, which President Donald Trump formed after 17 students and teachers were shot dead Feb. 14 at a high school in Parkland, Florida.”