In February of this year, just after the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the Trump administration established the School Safety Commission. Today (June 5), Education Secretary Betsy Devos has announced that the commission won't be looking at guns role in school violence, despite the over 20 school shooting this year so far.
DeVos was questioned Tuesday by lawmakers on the Senate Appropriations Committee about the commission.
"Will your commission look at the role of firearms as it relates to gun violence in our schools?" Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked DeVos.
"That is not part of the commission's charge, per se," DeVos responded.
"I see," Leahy responded. "So, you're studying gun violence but not considering the role of guns."
"We're actually student school safety and how we can ensure our students are safe at school," DeVos said.
When President Trump established the Federal Commission on School Safety in March, he said that the group would "study and make recommendations" on a variety of topics, including age restrictions for certain firearm purchases. His directive also said the Justice Department would help provide firearm training for school personnel.
Leahy also pressed DeVos on whether she thinks 18-year-olds should be able to purchase AR-15 style rifles.
DeVos avoided answering the question directly, saying instead that Congress should continue to debate the issue.
DeVos said in March that "everything is on the table" for the commission's investigations.
The commission met for the first time last month, one day before the Santa Fe, Texas school shooting that left 10 people dead. The group is comprised of just four Republican members: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and DeVos.