” Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) has a great new idea for gun control grandstanding: call on Rupert Murdoch to cancel a NASCAR race sponsored by the NRA this weekend. Murphy claims the National Rifle Association sponsorship would be “inappropriate in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre.”
The “immediate wake” of Newtown? The shooting occurred in December. When does the “immediate wake” end? 2014? 2018? Never?
The race is to be held at the Texas Motor Speedway, which as the reader might surmise, is not located in Connecticut. Murphy doesn’t seem interested in rational discourse, as CNN relates his letter to Murdoch:
“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.
“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.”
So much for all the balloon juice about how much Democrats “respect your Second Amendment rights” and want to be best pals with “responsible gun owners” and “responsible hunters.” That’s what the NRA is. For months, Democrats have called for a “national conversation on guns,” but it turns out people who join that conversation on the “wrong” side can’t even sponsor a NASCAR race.
Murphy is making a totalitarian effort to read the NRA completely out of society. Conveniently enough, once you’ve been designated an unspeakable monster, it is no longer necessary to salute your “rights” or take your dissent seriously.
If you don’t like the word “totalitarian,” well, stop running around and being totalitarian, gun control nuts. Asserting that no one can dissent from your agenda in good faith, and must obey your commands without complaint, is a totalitarian impulse. So is using human props to make “arguments” that no one is allowed to refute, without being accused of monstrous insensitivity.”
- Don’t air NRA race, senator asks Rupert Murdoch (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Promoters want April 13 NASCAR race focused on racing, not debating gun control (star-telegram.com)
- Dem Senator Wants Fox Not To Broadcast NRA-Sponsored NASCAR Race (connecticut.cbslocal.com)
- Don’t you dare air NRA-sponsored NASCAR race, says CT senator (tv.msnbc.com)
- CT Sen. Murphy to Rupert Murdoch: Don’t Televise NRA-Sponsored NASCAR Race (thetruthaboutguns.com)
- Connecticut Senator Urges Rupert Murdoch: Don’t Broadcast NASCAR Race Sponsored By ‘Radical’ NRA (mediaite.com)
- Senator Tells NASCAR It’s Business (youviewed.com)
- TMS wants NRA 500 to be about racing, not guns (star-telegram.com)
- NRA – NASCAR @ Texas Motor Speedway (youviewed.com)
- NASCAR names new race NRA 500, Liberal whiner contracts Accute Offendeditis (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)