Congressman Bill Flores (R-District 17) says he's known House Majority Whip Steve Scalise "for a long time."
"It was a shock," said Flores about the moment he found out that Scalise and four others had been shot in a violent ambush Wednesday morning at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. "It was just something none of us could have ever imagined."
While Flores says he was shocked, he also says he himself has received certain threats from disgruntled constituents.
"I wouldn't say I've received death threats," Flores said, "but I have had threats and other comments like 'I hope you get cancer and die.'"
Flores says he sees too much violence in the way people discuss politics, among themselves and with lawmakers.
"I think what's important for us to do is maybe be more proactive about telling our constituents, look, we represent you, but we're not going to agree all the time" said Flores. "Just because we don't agree doesn't give you some sort of license to make threats to me. We need to understand how to disagree on policy without taking it to a higher level."
Danny Davis, director of the Homeland Security graduate certificate program at the Texas A&M Bush School and longtime counterterrorism intelligence worker, says he wouldn't call this attack 'terrorism.'
However, Davis does say that anyone can become dangerous if radicalized religiously or politically.
"Terrorism's all about impacting the society that you're fighting with," said Davis.
For the full conversations with Davis and Flores, see the video player above.