Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield posted an ill-timed pressure cooker joke on his personal blog Monday, comically illustrating an “Assault Pressure Cooker” in obvious opposition to the most recent left-wing gun control legislation. Campfield’s descriptions include a “tactical pistol grip”, or handle and a black container symbolizing the color of evil. His somewhat pedestrian descriptions are reminiscent of a pulp fiction weapon: ridiculous.
Despite media criticism of his tasteless joke (even conservative network Fox had the decency to pull a new episode of Family Guy), Campfield refuses to apologize.
The insensitivity of his decision is unsurprising considering his past overwrought legislation. Earlier this month Campfield abandoned a bill requiring a child to achieve satisfactory academic progress before his or her parent could receive government benefits – but only after an eight-year-old girl tirelessly followed him around the capitol for a day, accusing him of using children as political props.
Another brain child of Campfield’s, the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, was an attempt to silence the discussion of LGBT issues in elementary and middle schools, comparing homosexuality to shooting heroine: “We [don’t] need to show them the best ways to shoot up,” he said.
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In the past five years, Campfield has proposed awarding aborted fetuses death certificates, allowing state college professors to carry handguns on campus, and prohibiting illegal immigrants from attending public colleges.
Campfield continues to dispute criticism from all sides.