White House’s Raj Shah is Grilled on Guns By Press Corps: How is Concealed Carry ‘Practical?’

After tossing out Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett as today’s buffer at the White House press briefing, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah — who was filling in today for Sarah Huckabee Sanders — was pressed by numerous reporters on the issue of gun legislation in the wake of the Parkland school shooting.

With President Donald Trump pushing a policy proposal that 20% of school teachers should be armed to help combat mass shootings, Shah was confronted on the president’s solution by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.

“There are 3.5 million teachers roughly in the United States,” Karl noted. “He said it would be about 20%. That’s 700,000 teachers. How would the president propose arming 700,000 teachers?”

Shah responded by claiming Trump was talking about training personnel and some teachers to use firearms and carry concealed weapons on campus to act as a deterrent. Karl pushed back, asking “how is that practical” while citing the 700,000 number again.

“How is that wise to have 700,000 more firearms in schools?” Karl added.

“When you have a horrific situation like you had last week and other school shootings we’ve seen these horrible tragedies, what we think and don’t think is practical can change,” Shah said in response.

Fox News’ John Roberts followed that up by pointing out that the public reaction to this has been largely negative and wanted to know if the president would be able to get buy-in to this proposal, with Shah saying they”certainly think so.”

MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson also grilled Shah on Trump’s remarks and proposals on gun reform, specifically on how Trump plans to pay for school bonuses for arming teachers and raising the age limit to buy AR-15s to 21.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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