Jones' family, gun shop owner views SOTU address

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2019-03-07 10:14:15-05

Many observers believed gun would be a big topic in the President's final State of the Union address, but ultimately there was no real mention of it.

We invited members of Corey Jones' family to sit and watch with us.  They said they were looking to the President for clarity about their situation.  Kenneth and Sheila Banks' nephew was shot and killed by a former Palm Beach Gardens police officer.  The State Attorney's Office, FBI, and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office are investigating.

"I think there are a lot of flaws in the system," said Sheila Banks, Corey Jones' aunt.  "...Since Corey's incident, we have learned that...a lot of flaws in the system."

Separately, we invited a gun store and range owner, who was glued to any news regaring President Obama's gun initiative.

While the President didn't directly address what they had hoped, Kenneth Banks, said he hit a bigger issue.

"I think he's touch on diversity, and I think that is a major thing for people to embrace and education comes with it," he said.

In the process of watching, Alex Shkop, owner of Guns and Range, Inc, and Corey Jones' aunt and uncle had an organic moment.  They were watching for separate topics, but now, the family now plans to tour his gun shop, so they can get a better understanding about the world of guns.

"We are going to go to the gun shop and it's going to solve some issues. I am telling you," said Kenneth Banks.  "We are going to walk in there and it's going to solve some issues."

"If we open up doors to each other," said Shkop, "....if we collectively educate each other."

All three in the room say this is about dialogue and it's something President Obama's address gave them an opportunity to have.