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Max Samis, Press Secretary
msamis [at] bradymail [dot] org
Brady Campaign on Betsy DeVos and School Safety Commission: “Sorry, What?”
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.”
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced one of the largest national protests of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.