Tea Party Nation Founder Skewers King Over Proposal

Posted January 11, 2011 at 7:53pm

The founder of Tea Party Nation accused Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) of “lunacy” on Tuesday for proposing a gun-free zone around Members of Congress. 

“In the aftermath of the Arizona shootings, we expected lunacy from the left. We expected more sense from the GOP,” Judson Phillips wrote in a scathing posting on the conservative organization’s website. “Peter King (R-NY), who is best described as not being the sharpest knife in the drawer, is going to introduce a bill that prohibits the carrying of firearms within 1,000 feet of a member of congress.”

King, one of the few Republicans in the House who support gun control, announced Tuesday that he wants the same standard that is applied to public schools to apply to federal lawmakers, the president, vice president and federal judges.

Phillips called the legislation a “bit of lunacy.” It is one of several proposals that have been offered since a shooting Saturday in Tucson critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Jared Loughner, 22, has been charged in the attack, which killed six people and wounded 14.

“If laws stopped crimes, there would be no murders, robberies or rapes,” Phillips wrote. “Laws deter law-abiding people. People like Loughner are by definition incapable of obeying the law. Congressman King, your moronic law would not have helped anyone.”

Phillips noted that King expressed openness to other gun-control measures. “I am open to seeing the people of New York replace this guy in the next election,” Phillips wrote.

Tea Party Nation’s website describes itself as “a home for conservatives” that helps its members “in this fight against liberalism.”

Anna Palmer contributed to this report.