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Betsy Devos Makes A Bipartisan Call For Gun Safety Hearings In Congress

The latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has rocked the country to the core. While there have been numerous mass shootings over the past decade, this one feels different. The high school students that are the surviving victims of the shooting are calling for major change, and they have organized a nationwide school walkout for those youngsters around the country who want to see stricter gun control legislation passed.

 

While gun control has been a key talking point for many Democrats over the years, there is at least one high-ranking Republican that is joining the Democrats in calling for action. That Republican is the current Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos.

 

Devos did not specifically call for any policy measures, but she did publicly plead for Congress to hold hearings concerning gun violence and mental health. In a radio interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Devos said the shooting should inspire Congress to have difficult conversations about more robust “tracking.” She also said that Congress should address the difficult task of legislating tougher laws concerning mental health when it comes to the sale of firearms. The secretary said she wanted to see Congress actually have an impact on the future of gun violence in America.

 

Her remarks did not go unnoticed. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) publicly agreed with the secretary by saying that families across the nation were tired of waiting for Congress to act.

 

Representatives Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) publicly urged the Republican chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce to hold hearings on the pressing issue of gun violence following the remarks by Mrs. Devos. The secretary seems to have spurned bipartisan efforts to address the deadly scourge of mass shootings across the country.

 

Unfortunately, the committee has not held a hearing addressing gun violence since February of 2013. But a wave of activism is sweeping the nation and the midterm elections are right around the corner. Perhaps Betsy Devos, as well as a swell of activism across America, has helped to push Congress towards a debate on gun violence.

 

The Secretary of Education has been touring the country promoting her ideas for reforming education in America. She’s been reaching out to the youth of America by making appearances with pop culture icons like Pit Bull down in Miami. The secretary envisions an America where students and their families have a choice in which schools they attend in their area so that they can get the best educational environment for their needs.

 

But the secretary is now forced to focus on gun violence as the epidemic has once again hit a school. Falling under her jurisdiction as the Secretary of Education, Devos is in a perfect position to be the voice of change when it comes to keeping kids safe from gun violence. Let’s hope that Congress hears this bipartisan effort to debate gun safety in Congress and that something effective comes from the difficult conversations ahead.

 

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Betsy DeVos Ready to Bring Change to D.C.

The rising tide of change has been sweeping the political world by storm and it is due in large part to the fact that Donald Trump, a political outsider, found his way to the highest office on the entire planet. Donald Trump campaigned on bringing change to Washington D.C. and in allowing outsiders to have a heavier political voice in the doings of the world. This promise by President Trump has been fulfilled in a big way thanks to his decision to appoint people to several high-level federal positions that would otherwise have been passed over. One of those individuals is Betsy DeVos, a chairman of the Michigan Republican Party who was selected to take over as the Secretary of Education. DeVos has been a political outsider her entire life and this new position has put her on display in a national way. Let’s take a moment to learn a little more about DeVos and what she brings to the table.

 

While seemingly an ‘out of nowhere’ selection, the placement and corresponding confirmation to put Betsy DeVos into the Department of Education makes absolute sense. Betsy DeVos was born and raised in Michigan and she has been a political bulldog for several educational concepts her entire political career. DeVos has become one of the loudest voices in support of school choice and her tenacity has helped to lend credence to the subject around the world. Thanks to Betsy DeVos, school choice has become more than just a buzzword — it has become a potential reality around the nation. Learn more: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/10/devos_family_stryker_heir_make.html

 

DeVos was raised in Holland, Mi and she would go on to attend Calvin College in her home state. At college, DeVos would become more and more focused on the importance of education and the writings of Milton Friedman — the original voice of school choice. DeVos has spent the past couple of decades trying to get the school choice movement going and she has succeeded in a big way. Now, more than 250,000 students across 17 different states are enrolled in private, school choice programs.

 

As the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos will be putting herself in a position to make a dramatic change to the national educational system. She’ll finally have the reach she needs to enact change in a direction toward her lifelong goals of improving education for children around the country. Despite being an outsider, DeVos has already shown herself consistently able to hang with the tough Washington elite.