Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) criticized a bill proposed in his state’s legislature that would arm teachers on school campuses in wake of the deadly school shooting last week in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead and 14 injured.
“I think that’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard,” Jones told Alabama’s News 5 on Monday in response to the proposed legislation 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.”
“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.”
The Hill added:
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, according to AL.com.
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, according to AL.com.
At least three state Republican lawmakers said they would support the bill.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said on Tuesday that 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.”