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Brady Campaign on Betsy DeVos and School Safety Commission

Washington, D.C., June 5, 2018 - Today, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told a Senate committee that her federal commission on school safety will not discuss the role guns play in school violence. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence reacted to the announcement with bewilderment.

“Sorry, what?” stated Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign. “We’re completely round the bend if Sec. DeVos believes she’s somehow going to study and solve gun violence without actually addressing guns. This commission was set up specifically to address the issue of school safety, so if guns aren’t ‘part of the commission’s charge,’ as Sec. DeVos put it, what are they even doing here?”

The Brady Campaign has repeatedly reached out to the White House in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting this past February, offering to sit down and offer the organization’s expertise in preventing gun violence. The White House has ignored all outreach, and no efforts were made by Sec. DeVos to include any gun violence prevention organization on her commission.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” added Brady co-president Avery Gardiner. “Sec. DeVos is clearly more concerned with bears in schools than guns. This is straight out of the NRA playbook - it’s about doors, it’s about video games, it’s about pornography. For the love of God - it’s about easy access to guns.”

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Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in the common sense. In the spirit of our founders Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 25 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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