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Shortly After the Creation of the Federal Commission on School Safety, Secretary DeVos Announced Guns Were “Not Part of the Commission’s Charge Per Se”
NEW YORK – Today, Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Education requesting records pertaining to guns in schools, including documents discussing using federal funds to arm teachers and communications with the NRA. A copy of the FOIA request is available here.
Since the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., the Trump Administration has taken little action to actually address gun violence, despite creating the Federal Commission on School Safety, led by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Shortly after the Commission was created, Secretary DeVos announced the Commission would not even look at the role of guns in school shootings. Then, last week, the New York Times reported that the Education Department is “considering whether to allow states to use federal funding to purchase guns for educators.”
STATEMENT FROM NICK SUPLINA, MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR LAW AND POLICY FOR EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“As school comes back in session, the last thing parents and students should be thinking about is whether a teacher might have a loaded gun in the classroom. Secretary DeVos’ school safety commission has been a sham from the very start, and now her Department is trying to arm teachers — a policy that’s already unpopular with teachers, school resource officers and law enforcement. It begs the question: Did the NRA have anything to do with this? The American people deserve an answer.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs