Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, avoided taking a stance on guns in schools during her confirmation hearing Tuesday.
When questioned on the issue by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, DeVos said local and state authorities should be responsible for deciding whether or not firearms belong in America’s schools.
DeVos referred to a rural school in Wyoming as evidence the issue should be handled locally, positing that officials may need to keep a gun in the school to protect children from marauding wildlife.
“I would imagine that there’s probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies,” DeVos said.
Murphy continued to press DeVos on the issue, asking if she would support President-elect Trump if he moves forward with his campaign promises to rid the country of gun-free school zones.
“I will support what the president-elect does,” DeVos responded. “But, senator, if the question is around gun violence and the results of that, please know that my heart bleeds and is broken for those families that have lost any individual due to gun violence.”