Politico reports that our representative in Congress (for another couple of weeks) will be leading a task force set up to look at possible changes to gun laws in the wake of the Newtown killings.

Apparently, Thompson was chosen to lead the Democratic task force in part because he is a hunter and a gun owner, and therefore has some cred.

“This is not a war on guns,” he tells Politico reporter Ginger Gibson. “Gun owners and hunters across this country have every right to own legitimate guns for legitimate purposes and our Democratic caucus is not declaring war on guns.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Diane Feinstein is pledging to introduce an assault rifle ban on the first day of the next Congress.