Stacey Campfield, a Tennessee state senator, has offended many after he posted a picture of a pressure cooker on his blog to mock gun control advocates.
The photo features an image of a pressure cooker, labeled "Assault Pressure Cooker." It also says "Here comes Feinstein again," in a reference to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who created an assault weapons ban after the Sandy Hook massacre.
It also features labels comparing parts of the cooker to guns. It says it has a "tactical pistol grip" and "folding stock," with "large-capacity, can cook for hours without reloading."
Though he has received criticism for it, he is not apologizing for it or admitting that it was tasteless.
"I think it's tasteless when Obama will drag everybody he can up to Capitol Hill and try to pass gun control," he said in an interview. "I think that was classless and tasteless."
"I was showing the hypocrisy of Dianne Feinstein, the gun grabbers - of their inability to realize that it is a person that does activity, not an inanimate object, be it a gun or a pressure cooker."
In his blog, he wrote a follow up post saying he was surprised anyone found it offensive, even though it was posted less than a week after the Boston Marathon.
"Really?" he wrote. "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? I'm sorry if I exposed your double standard…Well, not really."
A few commented in defense of his post.
"So the solution to school shootings is to outlaw the weapons used because 'the people of Sandy Hook deserve a vote' but the solution to bombings is not to outlaw the bomb materials?" one person wrote.
Others criticized him for being insensitive.
"Your crackpot control post essentially is joking about the means of death, injury and mutilation suffered only a week ago by victims in Boston," one said.
"Those who want gun control are not joking about guns, background checks, Sandy Hook, victims, etc. In fact, they are doing what they believe is best for preventing these kind of tragedies from occurring so frequently. Your post does nothing to help anyone, yourself included."