Trump’s Education Sec. Nominee: ‘Potential Grizzlies’ Justify Guns in Schools

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While being questioned during confirmation hearings, Donald Trump’s Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos said the danger poised by “potential grizzlies” justifies keeping guns in schools.

She said this after Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) asked her to explain her position on guns and schools.

According to NBC News, DeVos responded by saying firearm policy ought to be decided by states and localities, rather than the federal government.

She was then pressed to give a more specific answer and she “[referenced] an earlier remark by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) who mentioned an elementary school in Wapiti, Wyoming, that had erected a fence to protect children from wildlife.” DeVos added, “I think probably there, I would imagine that there’s probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies.”

Senator Murphy then asked, “If President Trump moves forward with his plan to ban gun-free school zones, will you support that proposal?”

DeVos replied, “I will support what the president-elect does.”

She went on to explain that her “heart bleeds and is broken” for the families who have lost loved ones in firearm-based attacks. Yet the facts indicate that such attacks occur in gun-free zones almost 100 percent of the time.

Writing in the OC Register, John Lott explains, “Since at least 1950, all but two public mass shootings in America have taken place where general citizens are banned from carrying guns.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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