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Trump’s Ed. Sec. Nominee Says States Should Decide If Schools Are “Gun Free Zones”

January 20, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump’s education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos, thinks that the decision to allow guns on school property should be decided by each state individually. While on the campaign trail, Trump’s stance was that he supports banning gun free zones and DeVos expressed her support for that sentiment.

“If the question is around gun violence and the results of that, please know that my heart bleeds and is broken for those families that have lost any individual due to gun violence,” DeVos said.

DeVos was asked by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, who has Sandy Hook within his district, at her confirmation hearing if she thinks guns should be allowed on and near schools. DeVos replied, “I think that is best left to locales and states to decide.”

That response didn’t sit well with Murphy and he asked DeVos why she couldn’t answer that question more clearly. Her response, which generated a chuckle from the onlookers, was to cite a story she had once heard about a school in Wyoming that has fences around it to protect against grizzly bears.

Murphy, an avid gun control advocate, tweeted this after the discussion, “Tonight #BetsyDeVos would not oppose putting guns in our schools. I was shaken to the core by her answer. So should every American parent.”