Houston Chronicle

Texas Rep. Ted Poe is tired of New York City politicians lecturing Texans about guns.

After New York Rep. Charlie Rangel argued that the South must ìovercomeî its culture before it can tighten gun laws nationwide, Poe responded with a culture clash of his own, according to the New York Daily News.

ìWe donít need New Yorkers telling ëus Southernersí whether we should have guns or not,î the Daily News quoted Poe as saying.

The conservative Republican from Humble also trained his political fire on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the driving force behind a group of mayors seeking new federal gun legislation.

ìIn Texas, we have the freedom to legally own guns and drink Big Gulps,î Poe said, in a reference to Bloombergís plan to ban the sale of super-sized sugary drinks. ìFrankly, we donít really care how you do it up North.î

Rangel, a four-decade veteran of Congress, set off the latest verbal war between the states during a Jan. 16 appearance on MSNBC, when he said that New Yorkís tough new gun law could be a model for the nation.

ìI hope so,î the liberal Democrat responded. ìNew York is a little different and more progressive in a lot of areas than some other states, and some of the Southern areas have cultures that we have to overcome.î

Rangel argued that ìchanging cultures is necessary for the national good.î

ìAnd if anyone from the South wants to help us, I welcome them,î he added.