Don't air NRA race, senator asks Rupert Murdoch
April 11th, 2013
07:45 PM ET
2 years 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. GunEnthusiast

    If gun owners were as 'blood thirsty' as you libtards claim, there wouldn't be any libtards left. It could be an option.

    April 12, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Lola

    Why do people feel the need to treat every adult as a child. I will watch the race this weekend and cheer on the NRA, so far they seem to be the only ones not trying to step all over my rights as an AMERICAN!

    April 12, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Parks

    Sure, lets not show it stricktly because it's the NRA. Next up, stop showing North Korea on TV. Then lets have the pro-republican stations not talk about democrats and vice versa. Nice try Senator, but unless you're willing to provide double the ammount of money Nascar is getting from the race, keep your trap shut. I DON'T EVEN LIKE NASCAR!

    April 12, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. neverquit

    The NRA will do more this weekend to promote proper firearm ownership and stewardship than all of these anti-gun politicians and their respective legislative bodies will ever do in their lifetime. Obama, Murphy, you are A DISGRACE. Stop exploiting these heartbroken families to promote your anti-gun agenda.

    April 12, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. reality

    I can't imagine going thru what those parents did. I wish them the best. That being said, anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that these ridiculous gun restrictions that have been proposed will accomplish very little. The boy that committed the crimes was sick. Mentally sick. he could of drove a tractor and trailer thru that school. Do we ban semitrucks if that is the case? It is a moral and societal problem , not a gun problem. Our forefathers bled, suffered and died for our right to bear arms. I for one will not let their sacrifice go unnoticed.

    April 12, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    When I see comments such as the one from Charles Bowen I am thoroughly convinced American education and schools have failed on so many levels

    April 12, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Gene Brady

    On FOX.... of course!!!

    April 12, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. I_hope_the_nazi_Sen.Murphy_dies

    So basically what Senator Murphy is asking is that Rupert ignore the free speech of the other side by censoring or effectively blacking out their sponsorship of a race. He is also saying he wants no discussion and that it is his way or no way, yet he claims to advocate discussion. Sure the NRA is sometimes out there, but not once have they asked for people like Senator Murphy or the anti-gun lobby to be silenced. Senator Murphy is UN-AMERICAN not for being against the 2nd Amendment, but for being against the Right to Free Speech.

    April 12, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Travis

    @Andrew: You have mistaken the comma for a period. This is a common mistake...for 6 year-old children and persons who do not speak English.

    April 12, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Sen_Murphy_is_a_Nazi

    So basically what Senator Murphy is asking is that Rupert ignore the free speech of the other side by censoring or effectively blacking out their sponsorship of a race. He is also saying he wants no discussion and that it is his way or no way, yet he claims to advocate discussion. Sure the NRA is sometimes out there, but not once have they asked for people like Senator Murphy or the anti-gun lobby to be silenced. Senator Murphy is UN-AMERICAN not for being against the 2nd Amendment, but for being against the Right to Free Speech.

    April 12, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. bob

    i'm sorry I voted for this jerk.

    April 12, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. TexDoc

    Yea, let's violate to the first amendment to protest the use of the second amendment. Liberals are reaching a new low in understanding liberty.

    April 12, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Brandon

    How about we agree to disagree. If you disaprove of the NRA sponsorship, dont watch it. If you disaprove of guns, dont own one. It is unacceptable to try to force down my throat your agenda and ideas and believe your being the protagonist. Respect my ideas and views and I in return, will respect yours.

    April 12, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Jim

    I hate NASCAR, but I'm tempted to watch this race just because of all this flipping out over nothing. I may not agree with everything the NRA does, but this is ridiculous.

    April 12, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Hershey

    As someone said earlier, if you don’t like it then don’t watch it. BUT PLEASE don’t allow the government to change the channel for me.

    April 12, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Robert

    Shame on you Senator Chris Murphy for demanding that FOX not air the NRA-Nascar race. Really?? Lets stamp out any opposition to your agenda. Boy, Germany could have used you during world war II.
    I thought we used to be all about freedom of speech in this country. Heil – Murphy, Mein Fuer !!

    April 12, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Barry

    We here in Connecticut thought we might try and drum up some interest by creating a reality show: Laurel and Hardy go to Washington.

    April 12, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Alex in NJ

    I think that NASCAR has to be the dumbest for of entertainment that we have. It's really down there with reality TV. But I'd honestly consider watching this race just on principle.

    April 12, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. obamasupporter

    Ban all guns. A coward with a gun is still a coward. Stop being aginst obama because hes black.

    April 12, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Richard Marks

    I do not even follow NASCAR. Formula 1 fan myself. However, with dumb goobers like this Connecticut Clown Senator . . NRA NASCAR will be the biggest NASCAR eventnofbthe year!

    April 12, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. apostate

    I don't see the problem – as long as all of these slack-jawed inbreds are being entertained by loud noises and shiny cars they won't need to work off their Everclear induced buzzes by shooting at things. What's next, take away their aerosol cheese?

    April 12, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. only10

    Let's trample the 1st amendment to trash the 2nd amendment.
    Way to go congressman...
    There are only 8 more in the bill or rights...

    April 12, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. carlos

    nra members.....no gun..no manhood......bunch of sissies behind a gun....UGH!!!........Lola...what rights are those ????

    April 12, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Paul

    Many of our politicians (including Senator Murphy) are among the most ridiculous reactionaries I've ever seen. Convinced that They Have To Do Something, they'll make all kinds of dumb, poorly-considered decisions and this is one of them.

    President Obama is a community organizer, period. He's got a community organizer brain, not a leadership brain. The only way he knows how to get results is by dividing people and pitting one group of people against another, by castigating the second group. Senator Murphy is doing the same thing, and following the liberal playbook. Villify, demonize, criticize, ostracize. We've seen it with people who are wealthy (since when is it bad to be wealthy...it ought to be a mark of success) and now we see it with guns.

    Every single time you anti-gunners make suggestions like this ridiculous "Don't show the race" one, you give us more reason to distrust you and basically consider you irrelevant.

    April 12, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. v_mag

    BRIT - I am serious about the lack of mental capability among the gun-nut wing of the Repugnant Party. Fully half of them here are parroting something they just heard on talk radio about "Democrats trying to destroy not only the Second Amendment, but the First, too". Clearly, the senator expressed an opinion, which is his First Amendment right, so how is that in any way anti-First Amendment? That is a demonstration of mental impairment, if ever there was one.

    As for murder weapon zealots supporting the NRA, that too is clearly evident. A murderer would want his rights to guns protected, and that's just what the NRA is all about. Criminals all support the NRA, which keeps them supplied with weapons. A criminal would never support gun control.

    April 12, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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