When it comes to policies and regulations, Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary sounds just as impractical and misinformed as he does.
During her senate confirmation hearing, philanthropist Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos told Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy the presence of grizzly bears justifies the presence of guns in schools.
Murphy, who represents Sandy Hook (the elementary school where 20 children and six adults died in 2012 school shooting) asked, “Do you think guns have any place in or around schools?”
“Best left to locales and states to decide,” said DeVos.
“You can’t say definitively today that guns shouldn’t be in school,” Murphy pressed.
DeVos’ answer was rather disturbing as she recounted a story that Sen. Mike Enzi told her earlier about a school in Wyoming that has fences around it to protect against wild animals.
“I will refer back to Sen. Enzi and the school he is talking about in Wyoming. I think probably there, I would imagine there is probably a gun in a school to protect from potential grizzlies," she said.
DeVos said the decision to allow or ban guns in schools should be left to the states. She further explained if president-elect moved to ban gun-free schools, she would support his decision.
“If President Trump moves forward with his plan to ban gun-free school zones, will you support that?” the senator inquired.
“I will support what the president-elect does. 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,” commented Trump’s education secretary nominee.
Sen. Murphy very rightly raised this question. He has been among the most vocal officials to talk about gun violence since the 2012 mass shooting.
He later expressed his concerns on Twitter.
Tonight #BetsyDeVos would not oppose putting guns in our schools. I was shaken to the core by her answer. So should every American parent.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 18, 2017
And he wasn’t the only one unpleasantly surprised by the answer:
Senator: If you have 7 apples and Billy takes 3, how many do you have?#BetsyDeVos: I think that's an issue best left to the states— Jordan Canada (@CanadaInAmerica) January 18, 2017
Absolutely nobody should let it go unnoticed that #BetsyDeVos just said she doesn't support protecting disabled children's rights federally— josh sczykutowicz (@jsczykutowicz1) January 18, 2017
The Senate confirmation hearing of #BetsyDeVos was one of the worst performances ever for someone who wants to be a Cabinet secretary.— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) January 18, 2017
Just happy to know Trump and DeVos are serious about their campaign promise to tamp down on grizzly bear attacks on schools. Good stuff.— Kevin Phelan (@KPhed) January 18, 2017
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