Betsy DeVos says school safety commission will not study role of guns in school shootings

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A school safety panel established after the Parkland, Florida school shooting will not be looking into the impact of guns on school shootings, the US education secretary announced.Betsy DeVos had set up the federal school safety commission in the wake of the 14 February shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. But, during testimony in front of Congress Ms DeVos said guns were “not part of the commission’s charge, per se”.Though pressed further for answers, Ms DeVos only said that the commission will look into “school safety and how we can ensure our students are safe at school”. However, the White House issued a statement when the group was established that said “age restrictions for certain firearm purchases” would be one of its agenda items.US Department of Education spokesperson Elizabeth Hill told the Huffington Post that though Ms DeVos seemed to suggest the commission would not touch the issue of guns, recommendations regarding age restrictions on firearm purchases are “one of the 27 items to be addressed by the report” that Ms DeVos said should be done by the end of the year.Ms Hill also noted “that the commission cannot create or amend current gun laws — that is the Congress’ job”.

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