Gun control activists raise concerns about DeVos

Gun control activists raise concerns about DeVos
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is coming under scrutiny from gun control activists.

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, raised concerns Tuesday that DeVos may not protect students from being exposed to gun violence.

“During the Senate confirmation process, DeVos did not oppose guns in schools, a dangerous gun lobby priority that endangers our children in the very place that should be a safe haven for learning,” Watts said in a statement Tuesday after the Senate confirmed DeVos.

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“Our kids deserve better than this – and like mothers everywhere, we will stop at nothing to make sure they are safe,” she added.

But there is little DeVos can do to loosen the nation’s gun laws.

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