Don't air NRA race, senator asks Rupert Murdoch
April 11th, 2013
07:45 PM ET
1 year ago

Don't air NRA race, senator asks Rupert Murdoch

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association-sponsored NASCAR race slated for this weekend is "inappropriate in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, wrote to the race's broadcaster on Thursday.

"The race not only brings national attention to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate, it also features the live shooting of guns at the end of the race," Murphy wrote to Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, which owns the Fox network where the race will be broadcast.

In March, the Texas Motor Speedway announced the NRA had sponsored the NASCAR Sprint Cup event on April 13, which marked the first time the gun owners group has sponsored a race in NASCAR's top series.

Last year, the organization sponsored a Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The April race had been promoted as the Texas 500 after the track's deal with Samsung ended last year.

The winners of races at the track are often given two revolvers and a cowboy hat while taking photographs in victory lane. The fastest qualifier is awarded a shotgun.

In his letter to Murdoch, Murphy cited the News Corp. boss' past support for tighter gun control laws in the United States, including a message Murdoch posted on Twitter shortly after the December Newtown shooting.

"Nice words from POTUS on shooting tragedy, but how about some bold leadership action?" Murdoch wrote.

"I would like to make a similar challenge to you," Murphy told the media mogul in his letter Thursday. "You should play a constructive role in our national dialogue by refraining from broadcasting the NRA 500. By airing this race you will be strengthening the brand of a radical organization that is currently standing in the way of meaningful progress on this issue."

Fox Sports remains under contract with NASCAR to broadcast certain Sprint Cup races.

CNN's Steve Almasy contributed to this report.


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soundoff (708 Responses)
  1. KiddSS

    To Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut,
    Cry me a River, Build a Bridge and get over it.

    Really tired of the crybaby bed-wetting liberal wienies using dead children to push and agenda that can be pushed in a reasonable setting. The bed-wetters are absolutely shameless in their politicizing a tragedy ad nauseam.

    GUN CONTROL IS SHARP EYE AND A STEADY HAND.
    WHAT PART OF "...SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?!?

    April 12, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Name

    Really, Chris Murphy. Most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.

    April 12, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. lightseeker

    Look, lets get this straight. If you want to see a real auto race, Formula 1 is what you should be watching. I watched Nascar for about five minutes three years ago and almost fell asleep watching them go around a big oval. With formula 1 is a race that you have to be alert constantly, because of the hair pin turns, "chicains", straight aways and 2.5 second pit stops. When Louis Hamilton won the Formula 1 race at Indy a few years ago, the Indy officials immediately stopped the races. Hamilton is Black and he's from England. We can't have that you know, here in the United States. Americans, wake up!

    April 12, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. The Central Scrutinizer

    "... Needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Sorry gun owners"
    @ Matt read this ...
    "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people" You know what that means ?... it means that this is NOT a Democracy. You cannot amend the constitution or enact legislation to take away any rights that are retained by people. So if you want to take away the right to keep & bear arms I suggest you & your liberal friends grab some torches and pitchforks,march on Washington, burn it to the ground go to the Archives and shred the constitution and declare a new government and rename the US The United Socialist Republic of America – Good luck with that!

    April 12, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. TexaSam

    Actually, ya know what would make this NRA sponsored race even better? Have all the responsible law abiding citizens bring their personal arms, surround the track, and shoot at the cars as they go by each lap. Points earned by hits to the cars. Disqualification if you hit the diver. Winner of race gets a SAM missile set and the Most Points Winner gets a case of beer and a "Here, Hold My Beer And Watch This" Tee shirt.

    Hey, it's no crazzzzier than Wayne LaPierre's thoughts.

    April 12, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Taxpaying Voter

    Maybe they should air an event sponsered by MAIG whose ranks have been reduced by a few dozen because those Mayors have been arrested recently and Bloomberg quickly has his website updated with each arrested Mayor's name removed.

    April 12, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. jim smith

    try try try as you may the NRA is backed by law abiding citizens like me that will not back down to the gonvernment take over of the constution. really limiting magazine capacity?!?! OBAMA why dont you just say that you expect people to get shot and killed but if we limit how many bullet we can carry in the gun not so many will die. you cant prevent it from happening so stop trying to push us around. OH I ALMOST FORGOT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR SELLIMG MORE GUNS FOR ALL GUN MANUFACTURERS ACROSS THE WORLD !!!!! COME GET EM

    April 12, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. OUrgovt

    WOW, who in the hell voted for this idiot! Fat men/gals that have no idea what's going on, should have a polls on a regular basic to remove officials who overstep their boundaries and have no clue what's going on.

    April 12, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. jimmyva18

    NRA a Radical Organization? If you don't side with the left, you are a radical. The left is intolerant and liberalism is a DISEASE!!

    April 12, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. jobiwan

    What about all of the T.V. Shows with violence, shootings, rape and murder? (Hollywood liberal buddies and huge democrat contributors) This is just proof that the democrats political Agenda for government control over everything, along with hiding from the facts is more important then the American people and our real freedom. This is absolutely ridiculous and I hope it Airs and has a record number of viewers!

    April 12, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. dbdy

    This senator should be all over the biggest abuser of weapons that have ever been built. He should be boycotting the new film "The Butler" starring "Jane Fonda". Older Americans from the Vietnam era all know who she is. She went to Hanoi and was pictured sitting in a surface to air machine gun that brought down our boys.....Just saying he has his priorities ALL SCREWED UP !!

    April 12, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. jboHDrider

    Forget that freedom of speech thing, NRA disagrees with me so they should be censored. Then people wonder why we are worried about our second amendment rights. Half the folks in DC would have no probblem taking either of those rights as is evident by this guys actions. .

    April 12, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Matt from CT

    Cogito

    Chris Murphy is a self-serving, self-righteous piece of dung that doesn't care what his constituents think. I know, I am one, and after contacting his office no less than half-dozen times over the last three years, I have yet to receive a single response from him or anyone in his office.
    So, WHO CARES WHAT HE THINKS?!?!
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    I contacted him once, he sent me a robo email 3 months later and said he would do exactly the opposite of what I asked of him. The guy is a career politician. What else should we expect?

    April 12, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. v_mag

    All you have to do is read the comments on this blog and you will understand why we have so much gun-related violence in this country. It is at least partially true that guns don't kill people. People who support the NRA kill people.

    It is obvious that the kind of people who promote murder weapons are clearly mentally incompetent. Precisely the kind of folks who crave murder weapons are the same ones who should never be within 5 miles of one, because they have no capacity for logical thought, and these posts are clear evidence of that.

    April 12, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. amazed@the duplicitousness

    Bman said:

    "I'd like to see the winners accept the pistol and then promptly dissassemble, dropping the parts into the dust, so they can grind the parts into the dust with their big old cowboy boots.No Nascar winner should need a gun to defend themselves, otherwise they'd be disrespecting their own reflexes"
    -----------------------------
    The winners don't need the guns to defend themselves....it is just the trophy they were given.

    The race is in Texas...(ya know cowboys and stuff)...get it? That is why they give the winner a cowboy hat and two six shooters. The race in Sonoma has a trophy with a wine bottle in it (wine country get it?)

    April 12, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. dribblesandbits

    nascar followers will have more guns than other segements of our country but they are usually law obiding folks and really do not need to be used as promotion for the nra crowd. i like nascar and own guns but just do not want any connection to the nra as they seem rather radical and out of touch with our country presently.

    April 12, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Rooster Cogburn

    Yee Haw NRA 500... Go Little Dale...

    April 12, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. getaclue69

    United WE STAND Divided WE FALL!!!!!!!! This constant left vs right controversy and made up 'issues' are only driving a wedge between the people of this great country. Isn't it time we stop reacting to these stupid articles and find the source of this scurge?

    April 12, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. dribblesandbits

    nascar does not need nra connection.

    April 12, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Matt from CT

    Ed

    What has Senator Murphy done to get the lunatics off the street?

    ---------------------------------
    He fought to get them released from prison early.

    April 12, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. duane - st.pete FL

    why not air it? all because you disagree? tipical libs thinking....they say they are open to differant points of view but freak out if anyone disagree's with them....to the point of doing anything so that other point of view will not be seen.....just like CNN not covering stories that dont fit their narative. deal with it....guns will never go away here in the states....at least not without a civil war.

    April 12, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. jobiwan

    Dribblesandbits – Obviously you do not own guns or you wouldn't think the NRA is a radical organization. You sound like someone making stuff up just to bash the NRA and sound logical at the same time. Nice try. :)

    April 12, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. Tom Powell

    Don't drink the democrat kool aid I like nascar I like guns and the NRA is fighting a just cause If not for them There wouldn't be any guns left

    April 12, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. revrod

    Chris Murphy is a publicity hound that never saw a microphone or camera that he didn't want to have his face in front. Just a rubber stamp for the Obama agenda. I live in Connecticut and know he's just like his partner, Blumenthal, who lied about serving in Viet Nam.

    April 12, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Duane Allen

    As a proud American gun owner and avid hunter I feel that the NRA purchasing this event is totally inappropriate and equally unacceptable, and although I'm no longer a member of the NRA (I was for several years and taught hunter safety courses) I firmly believe a comprehensive policy for the regulation of gun ownership and background screening is good for the country and all of us who have a rational and objective attitude about guns and gun ownership. The mere fact the NRA is so involved in this NASCAR event stands as evidence of how mortified (hysterically paranoid!) they are of any reasonable approach to the subject matter and demonstrates the heightened desperation of a group that is at the fringe of our collective national beliefs regarding the interpretation and application of the 2nd Amendment; clearly they are out of step with both the majority of the nation and especially the founding fathers historic intent when they drafted the verbiage. What is truly indicative of their deranged mindset is the extreme and strained arguments they use to support their absurd positions regarding even modest proposals for background checks. 300 million guns in this country is more than enough.

    April 12, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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