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

    BeverlyNC you get all your facts from MSNBC don't you all lies no facts and the brain dead followers. They have not threatened anyone but some of the members may have, freedom of speech HA Obama removed that one. and the facts are from the FBI not Obamas 40% remark from a test sample of 250 people 20 years ago
    You are a sheeple

    April 12, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Rick

    The NRA is a "radical organization"? Not hardly. The NRA is me and people like me who join and support it. The NRA is our voice in Washington. Murphy just wants to censor the opposition. Well Senator Murphy, thank God we also have the First Amendment to the Constitution, so you can just sit in you hole and squirm while the race goes on.

    April 12, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. BrassMaster

    I dont recall any of the criminal or mentally impaired individuals responsible for the shootings being a member of the NRA. But then again the real target of the liberal left is to take the guns away from the law abiding citizens.

    April 12, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. M.e.b.

    (@ Beverly) NRA a terrorist group? You are a fool. What about your acorn, weather underground,mother Jones? With a membership around 4.5million I suggest you watch your mouth.

    April 12, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. rs

    CP North carolina

    Amazing how stupid politicians can be,Nascar is KING.Did you leave your rights back at home.In America we enjoy our freedoms,
    Yup, freedom. NASCAR races where you can't bring in anything that doesn't fit in a tiny backback, you have to buy their expensive beer, pop and food, and you get searched in an almost TSA fashion before getting to your seat. FREEDOM!

    April 12, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Jill

    I am a liberal and I think this is idiotic! Don't stereotype all Liberals as gun haters....its an individuals opinion not a party.

    April 12, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Matt

    I think the fact people keep insisting this is "censorship" is an ironclad argument for why we need to improve our education system. So people can learn what words mean.

    April 12, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. lyons196

    We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

    Benjamin Franklin

    April 12, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Rossi

    The NRA sponsoring a NASCAR race?

    It's actually a brilliant idea. NASCAR fans are traditionally conservative working and middle class Americans. What better way to appeal to these voters and convince them to vote against their own self-interest on one single topic. Republicans will happily appeal for the votes of working and middle class Americans on single topics like gun control or abortion and then get busy with screwing you in the wallet as hard and fast as they possibly can. Republicans serve the interests of the wealthy and have zero interest in protecting the jobs (which they greedily have shipped overseas) of the lower classes. They additionally have zero interest in protecting social services of any kind which in large part serve the need of the lower income brackets. The wealthy who have shipped your jobs overseas and oppose all forms of labor unions, social services including Medicare and Social Security, universal healthcare, do not give 2-cents whether or not you starve and the Republicans will defend and support them all the while they do it to you. So, when you sell your precious guns to try to pay your mortgage or put food on the table you can thank yourself for your decisions in the ballot box.

    April 12, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. amazed@the duplicitousness


    Really????? So is the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) so I guess you will never watch another NASCAR race again huh?
    Wow, a toughie. Watch a race sponsored by the group that represents the people who actually make American cars- as opposed to people who support using first-graders as targets.
    "support using first-graders as targets"......Wow, did you really just say something that foolish?

    The OP refered to the NRA as far in reference to its political ties.... I counterpointed that the UAW has the same type of political ties...... Nice try.......

    April 12, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Cindy

    That is going way too far Sen Murphy. You going to tell us when we can use the bathroom next?

    April 12, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Nick Shafer

    As an NRA member I don't recall anyone expressing support for using 1st graders as targets besides people (and i use that loosely) on your side calling for tragedies like this to happen to Conservative and NRA families. Take a look at what Martin Bashir said about that.

    April 12, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Ed

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

    April 12, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Bill


    We already have background checks!

    April 12, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. GFWSR

    What's the matter senator, can't anyone have an opposing opinion from yours? Go pound sand!

    April 12, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Don

    Why not just have Fox do what it does half the time anyway – just don't use the sponsor's name? They can call it "NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Texas". The only problem might be if somebody from the NRA tries to stick his nose in at Victory Lane after the race.

    April 12, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. bman

    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.

    April 12, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. George Smythson

    So much for the 1st ammendment...

    April 12, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Mel Stricker

    So someone is asking the owner of Fox News to not air an NRA sponsored event? Yeah, that will happen, when the proverbial pig flies.

    Also, to the people commenting on how the second amendment is being abridged need to stop doing this and come up with a REAL reason extended clips and AK47 are needed with no background checks.

    While you are yelling about your 2nd amendment rights, ask yourself about the rights of the dead child to live a full life.
    If one of those children that died was yours would you say, "This women had a right to her weapons and the fact that her kid got ahold of them and killed those people is just an unfortunate consequence of upholding the 2nd amendment."

    April 12, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. D

    Nascar drivers have about the same reflex as other drivers. It's the perception and anticipation skills that help them win races. To the poster, who obviously has an issue with guns, go hug a tree in your fantasy world and let the grown ups handle the discussion.

    April 12, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Gary

    Who is the "NRA"?? It's not a terrorists organization!!! It's an organization formed by individuals such as myself, we work hard pay our taxes, love our country and our fellow man, abide by all the laws of the land. Oh yes, some of us actually attend church on Sunday (guess I'm really dangerous now). But have to form an organization to protect our 2nd amendment rights from lifetime politicians who sworn an oath to uphold our constitution and misguided fellow Americans. We get blamed every time a horrific event occurs, when the fact of the matter is if a trained law-abiding citizen were present, some lives could have been saved.
    Just a question??? If guns are so dangerous, Why do the secret service agents carry them so close to our president or personal body guards for politicians or celebs? Why is their lives more important to protect with guns than my family or yours? They pay someone to carry guns to protect themselves, I trained on gun handling and have a constitutional right to protect myself and others around me...........And That Right Shall Not be Infringed!!!

    April 12, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Name

    Not well regulated guns! Well regulated militia... And a militias purpose is to protect against a tyrannical governement. Such as one that wishes to remove our right to own guns. How about they take away your right to speech or right to free press??? Then how you'll be defending your rights... Just because you don't use, enjoy firearms does not allow change to the second amendment!

    April 12, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. GaryS

    Give me a break whine much Senator?

    April 12, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. sonnie3

    When all hell breaks loose and the government comes to take your guns away and puts a tattoo on your arm like Hitler did, Then it will be to late to use your common sense. The guns laws being debated right now will do nothing to keep our school children safe. It is just a back door, knee jerk reaction to get some traction for the liberals to down grade our second Amendment to the constitution. It is our politicians that fear the wrath of its citizen who are likely to revolt if they keep the type of stupid spending and squalor that is now going on. We need term limits so they don't spend all their time for reelection to save their cushy jobs and entitlements. They even pass obama care and exclude them selves from the plan as they know is ain't at all what they want for themselves , but is darn well good enough for us subjects.
    Wake Up American, don't be sold down the tube.

    April 12, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Johnlightfoot

    If texas will secede from the US I will join!

    April 12, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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