Murphy Asks Murdoch To Dump NRA 500: \’A Celebration Of Guns\’

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\"nraStepping up his campaign against anything NRA, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy has written to Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp, requesting that he back out of televising the NRA 500 this Saturday:

I write today to urge you to not broadcast NASCAR’s NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13th.  This race, which is being sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA), is going to take place during the Senate’s consideration of legislation to reduce gun violence. 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. This celebration of guns is inappropriate in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre. But most importantly, broadcasting this race, which will highlight the NRA and its radical agenda during this time, sends a harmful signal to the families affected by gun violence, as well as the millions of Americans who support sensible gun control measures and enjoy your sports programming.

The horror that unfolded on December 14th at Sandy Hook Elementary School has sparked a national conversation about the adequacy of our gun laws. Considering your support of sane gun control measures and the extreme nature of the NRA, I urge you to not broadcast this race on April 13th.  Inserting Fox Sports in this debate at this critical time will give credence to an extreme organization that is opposed to reasonable policies to stem gun violence.”

Last month, Murphy wrote NASCAR CEO Brian France with a similar request:

… by giving the NRA sponsorship of a major NASCAR race, NASCAR has crossed a line – you have decided to put yourself in the middle of a political debate, and you have taken a side that stands in opposition to the wishes of so many Newtown families who support common sense gun reform. Whether or not this was your intention, your fans will infer from this sponsorship that NASCAR and the NRA are allies in the current legislative debate over gun violence. By announcing this new partnership at the very height of Congress’s deliberations over gun reform, NASCAR has inserted itself into a political debate that has nothing to do with the business of NASCAR. To me, this seems an unwise break with precedent.



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28 thoughts on “Murphy Asks Murdoch To Dump NRA 500: \’A Celebration Of Guns\’

  1. Himmler

    And now it starts with Government trying to control the media. Murphy needs to move on and start working on his resume. He still does not see the millions that enjoy their freedom and the right to bear arms.

    1. CT Citizen

      I believe we should start a national campaign for liberal control.It will not violate any constitutional laws. We will ask for liberal volunteers to pose as pylons on a driver test course being set up so we can test illegal aliens skills before giving them licenses like they propose. if any alien driver hits a pylon,he will have to repeat the driver portion. However,the test candidate will receive 10 bonus points on the written portion! I am a proud patriot and happy to support my country!

    2. Paul Bartomioli

      murphy is the Waterboy of the democrat party. he was that way in Hartford, and will be no different in DC. Obviously, he doesn’t think the First Amendment is important, either.

  2. Richard

    I have to laugh. Murphy comes from the reddest District in the State (when he was the 5th rep) and the 5th likely has the highest rate of gun ownership.

    1. EW3

      Guess that shows he wasn’t very honest or forthcoming with the people that elected him in the 5th.

      1. Paul Bartomioli

        IF anyone believed him, they proved WC Fields correct, yet again, in an election.

  3. johngaltwhereru

    SILENCE! Dissent will not be tolerated! Do not force us to send you to re-education camp!

  4. walls

    Murphy is truly the biggest horses’ ass – his head is so big, it’s getting ready to explode. The nerve of him getting involved in a televised sporting event! Maybe he should sic the FCC on FOX.

    Better yet, maybe he should concentrate on being fiscally responsible and making his mortgage payments.

  5. raulduke

    I think Murphy stepped on his you know what with this one…That green car that ran at the 500 was a token,this aint gona happen…….Who the does he think he is?

  6. Reformed Gun Nut

    strangely I agree with the gun nuts here. The gov’t has no right to decide who sponsors a race, even if it is sponsored by that terrorist organization.

  7. Martin

    No shot for Murphy on this one cause of contratual commitments and the fact the race is in redneck heaven.But with declining attendance NASCAR needs all the gun money they can get since there expansion strategy out of the south with safe cookie cutter tracks, padded walls,safer cars and geeks for drivers is going down the toilet.

  8. Martin

    What the letter does is bring attention to NASCAR and the NRA as being a southern conservative oriented organization and giving up on national exposure where attendance is flagging.Good news to help focus the shrinking fan base.

  9. Martin

    NASCAR has to identify with the guns and the NRA.The walls are padded,the cars are increasingly crash proof,there’s padding and neck braces everywhere,cool suits for when it gets hot and the nerdy drivers might as we be wearing petticoats.

  10. The Rest Of Us

    What on earth is a US Senator doing battling a group like the NRA? Do we not have enough real problems in this country without Chris Murphy inventing new ones?

  11. A Great Day

    The NRA is a fascist organization that markets fear to boost gun sales. Great job for Senator Murphy who will keep them from spreading their toxic agenda into sports. Face it gun nuts in the NRA, you have lost we are in control are going to make it safer and will have a gun free America in a decade. The kids will be safe!! We are Newtown!!

    1. CT Citizen

      If the S&*t hits the fan,you,the dick,the cockroach, the King and the anti gun hypocrites in Newtown can all hug each other while you are hiding in a corner wetting your pants.(DISCLAIMER: Attendance by the dick,cockroach and king will not be guaranteed without the presence of camera equipped media.)Hopefully if any incidents occur, it will not interfere with any liberal educational programming on TV.(the Kardashians,Honey boo boo, Jersey Shore etc.)

    2. sam

      You have to be kidding. Are you really this gullible and foolish. You need to lay off the Koolaid.

    3. raul duke

      Here is what your liberal friends have turned Newtown must be proud to be part of this??

      EDITORIAL: Blumenthal uses Sandy Hook to raise campaign cash
      Thursday, April 11, 2013

      We’re glad that U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and Gov. Dannel Malloy are talking in detail about the victims of Sandy Hook as part of a push for federal gun control legislation.

      Members of Congress need to know that Dylan Hockley “loved jumping on trampolines and watching movies” and that he “died in his teacher’s arms.”

      They should meet Benjamin Wheeler’s parents and know what they’ve lost.

      What Murphy and Malloy are doing is not politicizing a tragedy. It’s an important part of the discussion around restricting the kind of mass murder weaponry used to kill 20 children and six educators on Dec. 14.

      They are helping give voice to the victims’ families. Malloy went so far as to send public Twitter messages to U.S. senators who were blocking a vote on gun legislation, asking that they return phone calls from the daughter of murdered Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung.

      The issue took a disgusting political turn on Thursday, though, when U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., used Sandy Hook to raise money. The money is not for one of the relief funds set up to help victims’ families, or to fund mental health services, or to support autism research.

      “In the wake of the horror of the December 14, 2012, massacre of 20 beautiful children and 6 dedicated educators,” Blumenthal is asking supporters to send money to his 2016 re-election campaign!

      “As your senator, I will continue fighting for the rights of all the people, not the special interests. But I need your help,” Blumenthal wrote in an email to supporters Thursday morning. “Please contribute $5 now as the Senate debate continues on common-sense gun reform legislation this week.”

      Constant fundraising and the recent trend of fundraising off real-time reaction to the news of the moment have officially jumped the shark, courtesy of Blumenthal’s tasteless auto-appeal.

      Senators are elected every six years in part to give them some time to legislate without an eye on the next campaign. But the campaign – and its drive for money to buy elections – is constant.

      There are lots of ways and lots of time for Sen. Blumenthal to raise money for his re-election campaign before 2016.

      Using the “horror” of the “massacre of 20 beautiful children” at a time when critical legislation honoring their memory is at stake to beg for $5 for your next political campaign is as tasteless as it gets.

      1. CT Citizen

        I beleive thats why he is known as a bottom feeding parasite and always has been.The The Dick and Cockroach show hosted by the King of CT. needs to have its last episode. With hopefully, a very unhappy ending for the three of them.

  12. sam

    Here we go, the gun control “feel good laws” were only the beginning. Now lets control what people watch on TV. Next week will they be burning books? How do such foolish people get elected to office?

  13. Wayne Ciaccia

    No media control. No change in the 2nd amendment. These are things that happen when people have mental issues that’s what needs to be addressed.I have not herd enough about how the government plans on dealing with the mental issues please put some effort in this.

  14. Dick Palmer

    This whole issued of gun control is being stirred by the media through the government, in trying to make the government stronger then the constitution, everyone needs to vote these horses out. Its about the criminals, not about the good citizens. Sounds like good old England back in the 1776. Guess its about time for another tea party.

  15. Tommy

    Murphy is a bigot against 2nd A supporters and uses the ghoulish parade of Newtown families to push his addle-brained agenda. He needs to shut up and take smart pills before imagining himself to have the stature to get involved with the NRA or Fox network. He should still be a paper boy, not a senator. We’ll work to make him “one and done” like Gov. Mao-loy.

  16. joe

    How about spending more time enforcing the laws we already have. Stop the media from over killing a story for days and months because they nothing good to report in life like how someone got saved vs someone got killed for days,weeks and months. how about we restrict them as to what they can say or do or make them fill out apps for what they want to report every time. I myself have lost a son, so I have an idea as to what these families are feeling, and I sympathize with them. Let’s get tougher on criminals than law abiding citizens. Just ask Dr. Petit. Hold these people responsible for their own actions, McDonald’s did not make you FAT. Put the BLAME where it belongs.

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