White House School Safety Commission Won’t Look At Firearms Despite Administration Claims

Julia Cohen | Contributor

The White House’s school safety commission will not study the role of firearms in gun violence despite a White House press release saying it would, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.

“That is not part of our commission’s charge, per se,” DeVos responded to a question from Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy regarding if the commission would study the role of firearms in gun violence.

When President Donald Trump established the Federal Commission on School Safety in March, the press release announcing the commission said that it “will study and make recommendations on … age restrictions for certain firearm purchases” and several other factors influencing school safety.

Trump created the commission in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February that killed 17 people. (RELATED: Gun Control Is Fading From Young Americans’ Agenda)

DeVos is the chairwoman of the commission.

“Every child deserves to grow up in a safe community surrounded by a loving family and to have a future filled with opportunity and with hope,” Trump said in a statement accompanying the commission’s launch.

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