The father of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim has not forgotten the words of one GOP lawmaker.
Mark Barden appeared on Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," singling out Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) for his April comments that Newtown, Conn. families have no business being a part of the gun control debate.
Barden, whose son Daniel was killed in the December 2012 shooting, was asked by Maddow about politicians who have criticized the families calls for action.
"[They're] calling you pawns or puppets, saying you're being used by Democrats or the president," Maddow said. "What's your reaction to that?"
"My reaction to that is, do you not think I have my own reasons for doing this?" Barden emphatically responded. "Here, let me show you," he added, before pulling out a picture of his deceased son.
Barden then turned his attention to Inhofe, who charged back in April that the Obama administration dragged the Newtown families into the matter.
"See, I think it's so unfair of the administration to hurt these families, to make them think this has something to do with them when, in fact, it doesn't," Inhofe said.
Barden told Maddow that he has called Inhofe's office and left his cell phone number, but is still waiting for a return call.
"I'd just like to ask him, what are you thinking?" Barden said. "Why wouldn't I want to do this?"