Doug Jones takes a stance on gun control

"Putting guns in the hands of teachers right now and doing that is just a dumb idea. I've said that. It doesn't matter if it's a bill in the Alabama legislature, or coming out of the white house. Our teachers have enough responsibilities on them."

Posted: Feb. 22, 2018 4:16 PM
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018 10:16 PM

U.S. Senator Doug Jones has been traveling across Alabama during his first week-long State Work Period. 

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Jones stopped in Huntsville Thursday and met with FBI Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center, the Missile Defense Agency, and NASA. 

After Jones met with the different agencies, he took a stance on gun control. 

"Putting guns in the hands of teachers right now and doing that is just a dumb idea. I've said that. It doesn't matter if it's a bill in the Alabama legislature, or coming out of the white house. Our teachers have enough responsibilities on them." 

Students involved in the Parkland shooting are calling on law makers to ban the AR-15. 

Jones said, "I know there is a call right now to ban certain kinds of weapons. At this point everything ought to be on the table." 

WAAY 31 talked with people in the community about their stance. 

Steve Soto who is a gun owner said, "I have no desire to own a weapon like that, but other people do and I guess everybody's rights need to be considered, but something has to be done." 

Senator Jones told WAAY 31, getting something done may not be as fast and easy as people want it to be.

"Right now when we have a tragedy like this people tend to go into their corners and they talk to each other and they stake out their positions. This is not the way to solve he problem," Jones said. 

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