Following a shooting at a Florida high school that left more than a dozen dead, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Thursday that Congress should hold hearings on school shootings,
“Congress needs to be holding hearings on these issues. And we’ve seen lots of discussion about this every time we’ve had another incident,” DeVos said during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
“We’ve seen, you know, lots of finger pointing back and forth. But we need to have a conversation at the level where lawmakers can actually impact the future, because going back to and putting myself in the seat of one of those families impacted, you know, one of these shootings is one too many. And we have got to have an honest conversation, and Congress has to lead on this. It’s their job.”
However, a few members of Congress have already publicly voiced their opinions gun control.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told MSNBC Thursday morning that Congress hasn’t done a good job in deciphering who should be able to get guns. "We have not done a very good job of making sure that people that have mental reasons for not being able to handle a gun getting their name into the FBI files and we need to concentrate on that."
On Wednesday, Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called out Congress for what he called "inaction" on gun issues on the Senate floor as police were still investigating the crime.
"This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America," Murphy said. "This epidemic of mass slaughter — this scourge of school shooting after school shooting. It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction."
The mass shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead and at least 15 wounded. The suspected gunman, former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, had been expelled last year from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, The Washington Post reported.
This shooting is among 10 of the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. in modern history, according to CNN.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the nation at 11 a.m.
Earlier in the day, he tweeted: “So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”