A Democratic lawmaker who was screaming about Republicans' approach to gun violence just off the House floor on Wednesday soon got into a tense altercation with one of his conservative colleagues.
An animated Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., a former principal, came off the floor and began telling reporters to continue to press GOP members on their views on the issue of guns and shootings.
"Please ask them. Don't let them off the hook," Bowman said.
"Ask them about gun violence. What are they doing about it? Nothing!" he continued to yell as colleagues exited the floor.
"They don't have the courage," he insisted. "They're cowards."
Though most members just walked past Bowman as he was screaming for about five minutes -- aside from the occasional applause from Democratic members -- Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, decided to engage.
"What are you talking about?" he asked.
"I'm talking about gun violence," Bowman responded.
"You know there's never been a school shooting in a school that allows teachers to carry," Massie tried to argue.
"Carry guns! You think-- More guns lead to more death!" Bowman retorted.
Massie told Bowman multiple times to calm down, prompting Bowman to exclaim: "Calm down? Children are dying! Nine-year-old children!" and "I was screaming before you came and interrupted me."
After Bowman left the Capitol, still yelling, Massie told reporters: "Next week, I'm reintroducing a repeal of the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act. It's the deadliest bill that's ever been passed."