In his first public appearance since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called on the nation to tighten gun control laws, improve access to mental health, and curb the glorification of violence in movies and video games.
"Are we doing enough to keep children safe from harm? I don't think so, and neither does President Obama," Duncan said in remarks at Neval Thomas Elementary School in Washington.
Declaring this a "collective responsibility," he specifically urged federal lawmakers to reduce the size of gun clips, reinstate a ban on assault weapons, and ensure existing laws are being enforced. His remarks came about an hour before the National Rifle Association scheduled its first press conference since the shooting.
Earlier this week, Duncan attended some of the memorial services for Sandy Hook victims. He will be a part of President Obama's newly created commission earlier this week, led by Vice President Joe Biden, which has been tasked with creating concrete proposals for gun control, mental health services, and school safety changes in the wake of Sandy Hook.
As a member of the anti-violence task force, Duncan said he'll spend the coming weeks talking to folks across the country, from educators to gun owners—all of whom, he said, share common values. "We value our children," he said...