Read this new Education Week story (Chicago Years Inform Ed. Secretary’s Views on Gun Violence) and you get the clear impression that the White House is reining in Education Secretary Arne Duncan on gun control right now. Usually unconstrained on policy issues, open to the press, and Obama’s go-to guy, Duncan’s post-Sandy Hook Elementary remarks have been muted (and pre-scripted). He won’t talk to EdWeek.
What’s going on? Duncan is known as a fan of gun control and an enemy of the NRA, which makes him somewhat toxic right now. He’s also known to speak candidly. Remember how, not too long ago, Duncan surprised everyone by admitting on camera that he was for gay marriage during a delicate moment of the campaign.