Ahead of this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup event, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy (D) wrote to News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch, asking him not broadcast the race, which is sponsored by the National Rifle Association. In the wake of Newtown, he argued, airing the “NRA 500” race would be “inappropriate.”
News Corp. owns the Fox network, which is broadcasting the race.
“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 Murdoch, noting it’s “inappropriate in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre.”
Murphy further pointed to past remarks Murdoch has made favoring stricter gun legislation. “You should play a constructive role in our national dialogue by refraining from broadcasting the NRA 500,” he asserted. “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.”
This is the first time the NRA has sponsored a race in NASCAR’s top series, according to CNN.
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