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Published On: Thu, Feb 22nd, 2018

Alabama Doug Jones says teachers carrying guns the ‘dumbest idea I’ve ever heard’ as state bill moves forward

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D) had harsh words for a bill proposed in Alabama state’s legislature that would allow teachers to carry guns on school campuses in response to the deadly school shooting last week in Florida.

“I think that’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard,” Jones told Alabama’s News 5 on Monday in response to the proposal from state Rep. Will Ainsworth (R). “I think it’s crazy. You don’t need 40–50 guns in there, and it’s a cost issue.”

Keri Russell The Americans photo“You’re going to have to train those teachers,” he added. “You don’t need to arm America in order to stop this, you just need to be smart about it.”

Ainsworth, who is running for lieutenant governor, announced last week that he planned to introduce the bill and has garnered support from law enforcement and other GOP officials. The bill would allow teachers and administrators to carry guns on school grounds after undergoing 40 hours of training and a mental health evaluation.

The state would cover the cost of firearm training, but would not pay for the guns.

At least three state Republican lawmakers said they would support the bill.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) made a similar proposal on Tuesday, saying arming teachers is “the only long-term solution” to mass school shootings.

“I thought the sheriff from Florida said it perfectly when he said we have experimented with the gun-free zone, it’s called a school,” Gingrich said on “Fox & Friends.”

Jones and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Monday both called for metal detectors in schools as a possible method of protecting students.

Democratic lawmakers, advocates and survivors of the Florida shooting have called for gun control legislation in the wake of the shooting, which left 17 dead and  14 injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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