In a post to his personal blog on Monday, Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield displayed an image of an "assault pressure cooker" with the title "Here comes Feinstein again."
The Republican lawmaker's "joke" was a reference to Sen. Diane Feinstein’s (D-CA) effort to ban military-style assault weapons. Gun proponents argue cosmetic features are used to decide which rifles will be outlawed, and the photo meme labels the parts of the pressure cooker with jokes like "folding stock" and "Evil, black."
Knoxville station WVLT asked Campfield if he thought it was insensitive to post the photo just one week after the Boston Marathon bombings killed 3 and injured over 200. Campfield replied that "People need to lighten up."
"I say it's insensitive that people go after guns and second amendment rights after the Sandy Hook shooting," he added.
Campfield then posted a followup on his blog titled "Inappropriate? Me? Never!"
"I Just got a call from the media saying they had gotten a few calls (about a blog post I did) saying it was inappropriate after the Boston bombing.
If my post was inappropriate talking about "crock pot control" then where is the outrage from the left when they push for gun control after the Sandy Hook shooting? Im sorry if I exposed your double standard....
Well, not really."
Campfield was the sponsor of Tennessee's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill prohibiting discussion of homosexuality in schools -- a bill he later modified to allow educators to answer private questions about sexuality, but forcing them to inform parents.
He also introduced a controversial bill that would tie a family's welfare benefits to children's grades and attendance. Earlier this month he dropped his support after an 8-year-old girl he referred to as a "prop" followed him around Capitol Hill with a signed petition.