On Wednesday, a Florida High School had a black cloud over its head when a massacre that cost 17 lives and many more wounded shook the country. This news led to the Democratic members and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to call for a hearing following the incident.
Guns in schools have been an issue over the last few years, and apart from the Florida High School incident, one of the worst shooting in the history of the country occurred at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A student who was expelled from the school committed a massacre at the school, and this incidence climaxed the level of freedom children had with guns when attending classes.
Over the years, gun violence at schools led to meetings where discussions evolved on how firearms can be restricted and how health services are needed to help students with mental health issues because gunmen exhibit very serious mental behaviors.
The worst bit about the school shootings is that, even though the public has witnessed some of the worst shooting incidences, Congress has not been moved to the point of legislating laws that can address the issues of gun violence at schools. After the Florida school incidence, Betsy DeVos talked about how Congress needs to act on in a radio interview.
Although several meetings discussing the gun violence incidences have been held by Congress each time a shooting has occurred, Betsy DeVos has stated that there needs to be an impactful way Congress can contribute to saving the future of the children, than sitting down and holding discussions that are not changing anything.
It is tough for families to wait any longer for Congress to rise to the occasion and handle the issue of gun violence that is taking lives of innocent children. Senator Patty Murray, a high ranking member of the committee of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, was happy to know that Betsy DeVos requested the issue to be addressed by the Congress.
On that note, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Bobby Scott, both ranking members of the House Committee on Education & Workforce together with other Democrats urged the committee’s Republican chair to schedule a hearing of the matter through a letter.
If you look at the current statistics of shootings across the US since the mass shooting that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School 5 year ago, there has been over 230 school shootings, and there have been more than 430 people killed. Even though this is an alarming number, this statistics seems not to have shaken the Congress to address this public menace.
Betsy DeVos who is concerned with educational reforms has stated that she will ensure that Congress comes up with a way forward; the public hopes that she will see it through because Besty is known for spearheading education reforms.
Even though critics and admirers expected her to learn the political ropes to build ties in the government and makes things happen, Betsy is being watched by the public to see if she can stand by this issue to the end.
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