Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's education secretary nominee, said it should be up to states whether guns are allowed in schools, citing grizzly bear protection as part of her answer.
She also said she would support Trump if he moved to ban gun-free schools zones, a position he advocated on the campaign trail.
Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, who represents Sandy Hook, the site of the 2012 school shooting, asked DeVos if she believes guns have "any place in and around schools."
"I think that is best left to locales and states to decide," she said.
After Murphy pushed DeVos about why she can't say definitively whether they belong, DeVos brought up a story Sen. Mike Enzi told earlier about a school in Wyoming that has fences around it to protect against grizzly bears.
"I will refer back to Sen. Enzi and the school he is talking about in Wyoming. I think probably there, I would imagine there is probably a gun in a school to protect from potential grizzlies," she said.
The comment drew some laughs in the room.
I actually watched this live as it happened, and even tweeted about it.
I kind of forgot about the exchange until I saw it show up again last night and thought it needed to be shared here on IM.Went to school in Alaska. Never once had grizzly bear show up in classroom. https://t.co/aJwkE2SFu4— Gryphen 2009 (@Gryphen2009) January 18, 2017
First off I am sure that all of you know that I consider the idea of guns in public schools to be just about the dumbest idea imaginable.
Having said that I thought I should share that I actually worked at a school where a grizzly bear once ambled onto the playground.
We had moose show up with some frequency but this was our first bear.
In case you are wondering the protocol was to bring the children into the school, no running, and to then notify the authorities that there was a bear in the area.
No shots were fired, because we are Alaskans and we know that is an ignorant overreaction.
We actually went back out later in the day as if nothing had happened, and the bear never made a return visit again.
Simply put there is NEVER a good reason for guns to be in a public school setting, and no not even if a grizzly bear shows up.
P.S. By the way this was only one of the pathetic answers provided by DeVos, you can see many more by clicking here.