published Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Stacey Campfield in hot water over joke about assault pressure cookers

Should Stacey Campfield apologize for his pressure cooker joke?

State Sen. Stacey Campfield joked on his personal blog Monday about “assault pressure cookers” in the wake of last week’s bombing in Boston. Then, the Knoxville Republican said a few hours later that he had been contacted by (unnamed) media outlets responding to complaints about the post.

The point of Campfield’s first post seemed clear enough. Under a headline that referred to U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, one of the leading proponents of gun control, Campfield cataloged the dangerous features on a pressure cooker, including a “muzzle break thingy,” “tactical grip” and “evil, black” color. Pressure cookers were, of course, turned into IEDs in the Boston bombings.

But after receiving some calls, Campfield followed up to explain his meaning. He said commentators on the left should be calling for “crock pot control” if they meant to be consistent with their calls for gun control after December’s Sandy Hook shooting.

Read more at The Tennessean.

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