During a House vote on Wednesday evening, Representatives Jamaal Bowman and Thomas Massie engaged in a heated argument about gun control. The discussion was triggered by a tragic incident on Monday, where a gunman killed three adults and three children at a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee.
Bowman, who has a background as a middle school principal, expressed his frustration towards Republican lawmakers for their reluctance to pass firearm restrictions. He urged reporters to hold Republican lawmakers accountable for their inaction, calling them “cowards” and demanding an explanation as to why they are unwilling to save American children’s lives.
Massie, a co-chair of the Second Amendment Caucus, walked out of the House chamber and responded by advocating for teachers to be allowed to carry guns in schools. Bowman disagreed, stating that more guns lead to more deaths.
The exchange escalated as Bowman questioned Massie’s experience working in a school. Massie retorted by claiming that he wants to protect American children and that he plans to reintroduce a bill to repeal the federal Gun-Free Schools Act next week.
Despite the heated exchange between the two Representatives, they both share a common goal of wanting to protect American children. However, they disagree on the means to achieve that goal. While Bowman advocates for stricter gun control laws, Massie believes that allowing teachers to carry guns would provide a safer environment for students.