Tennessee Lawmaker Jokes About Pressure Cooker Bomb

Stacey Campfield tells critics to 'lighten up'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2013 3:27 PM CDT
Tennessee Lawmaker Jokes About Pressure Cooker Bomb
State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, discusses his bill to dock parents' welfare payments if their children fail at school on April 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Tennessee lawmaker Stacey Campfield is no stranger to controversy—you may recall his "don't say gay" bill, among other things—and now he's got a little bit more. On his blog, Campfield thought it would be a hoot to make a joke about the Boston bombers' weapon of choice, a pressure cooker. He posted a photo of "an assault pressure cooker" with the line, "Here comes Feinstein again," a reference to the senator's efforts on gun control. Asked about it by WVLT, Campfield said 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. The state senator also made headlines earlier this month when he scrapped a measure to link welfare benefits to students' performance at school, notes Raw Story. He dropped the bill after being confronted in front of cameras by an 8-year-old girl, who he dismissed as a "prop". (The Tennessean had coverage on that.)

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