Homeland security expert Juliette Kayyem spoke with Boston Public Radio on Wednesday about the Trump administration's declaration that gun shops are essential businesses, that should remain open during the coronavirus crisis.

"The absurdity of it knows no bounds," she said. "Obviously gun shops are not essential at this stage, they are not life-saving, they don't go towards our basic functioning in terms of water and food, medicine, all those things that are allowed to still be open."

The Trump administration is unable to let go of it's ideology in the midst of a pandemic, Kayyem said.

Kayyem is an analyst for CNN, former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and faculty chair of the homeland security program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.