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WH Makes Reporter Look Like Fool for Questioning Cost of Arming Teachers

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During a Thursday press conference at the White House, it was clear what reporters wanted to talk about: President Trump’s proposal that 20 percent of teachers be trained to concealed carry in schools in order to deter shooters.

According to The Daily Caller, there were no less than four questions regarding the president’s comments the previous day during a listening session which included victims of mass shootings.

One of the questions had to do with the cost of the program, especially since the president had said it would “take 20 percent of your teaching force” to effectively stop school shootings.

The reporter asked, according to Fox News, where the money for arming 700,000 teachers — which would be 20 percent of the U.S. teaching force — would come from.

“You’re talking about $700 million, maybe north of a billion, less than that,” the reporter asked.

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“In any event it’s a lot of money. Would the federal government pay for something like this? Do you expect the state and local municipalities?”

White House Deputy press secretary Raj Shah made the reporter look like a fool in just a few words.

“The policy hasn’t been fleshed out,” Shah said, “but do we really think that’s too much to pay for school safety?”

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This is the dichotomy between Democrat proposals and Republican proposals, at least as far as the press is concerned. Nobody asks the costs of a Democrat-friendly proposal.

Take, for instance, the president’s announcement that stronger background checks would be part of his four-part agenda to stop school shootings.

Given how expensive and difficult to maintain background check systems are — just look at the no-fly list — if the proposal is followed through on, it would likely be a costly proposal.

Yet, nobody in the media is really questioning the merits of spending more on background checks. The more, the better, as far as they’re concerned.

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In fact, anything that deals with confiscating guns or making them more difficult to get is just fine by the liberal media. They don’t bother to ask what the price tag is.

All of a sudden, when the president says he’s going to arm qualified and trained teachers, that price tag must simply be too much — even if the policy hasn’t been fully fleshed out yet.

Yet, given the fact that most attacks are over before the police ever arrive at the school, the fact is that Trump’s policy of concealed carry by teachers may be the most effective weapon against school shooters. And that’s what the press focuses on when they’re talking about cost.

If our students’ safety really is the priority, then Raj Singh is right — whatever is most effective should be pursued. Given how much we spend on entitlements and pork, is this really too much to ask? Most Americans would say no.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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