‘BOTH SIDES’ DON’T PRODUCE POLITICIZED ASSAULT RIFLE COMPONENTS…. It’s hard to forget Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-S.C.) heckling of President Obama in September 2009, shouting, “You lie!” when the president was, in fact, telling the truth during a speech to a joint session.

Of course, some folks remember the incident more fondly than others.

Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-S.C.) health care-era “you lie” interruption of President Obama is now reportedly being commemorated with a place on a new, limited edition line of assault rifle components.

The Columbia Free Times reports that the words are being engraved on a series of lower receivers manufactured for popular AR-15 assault rifles. Lower receivers are one of the primary pieces of the firearms.

“Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver,” the weapon manufacturer’s site writes in the product description. “Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!”

It’s distressing enough that far-right activists wanted to make Wilson a hero for his ridiculous outburst, but it’s quite a bit worse when “You lie” makes its way onto commemorative assault rifle components.

The website selling the lower receiver features a photo of Wilson holding a rifle and standing in the manufacturer’s store, but the “You Lie” component is “neither endorsed nor affiliated” with the Republican congressman.

I’m glad, but if Wilson could perhaps criticize the commemorative product, that’d be nice, too.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.