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· According to Education Dive, President Trump’s Federal School Safety Commission will oppose age restrictions on buying guns after claiming that there is no evidence relating age of purchase to school shootings.
· The Federal School Safety Commission used existing evidence to come to this conclusion. Should the Commission be required to conduct a new study with the information about school shootings that we have now? How would this information influence the decision?
When the commission was established in March, the White House said the one gun-related policy it would examine and issue recommendations for was age restrictions for firearm purchases. DeVos has said from the start that the commission would not focus on the role of guns in school safety, and discussions mainly centered on topics including mental health, school infrastructure, violence in the media and school resource officers. There was also talk of ways to “harden” schools through arming teachers, which the commission will likely support through an outlined series of best practices, the Post said.
The administration’s views on gun control policies have seemed to flip-flop, especially in recent months. In February, Trump tweeted that he wanted to raise the age of gun possession to 21. Days afterward, he backed away from the idea, saying there was “not much political support.” DeVos has come under fire as well — ED was reportedly weighing a plan that would allow schools to use funds under the Every Student Succeeds Act to buy guns for teachers. She later said she had “no intention of taking any action” on the issue.
Read the full article about age restrictions on buying guns by Jessica Campisi at Education Dive.