Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy wants NASCAR officials to reconsider calling one of the sport's upcoming events, the NRA 500. Murphy, who has helmed the conversation on gun control in the US since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last December, sent a letter to NASCAR officials asking them to reconsider the move. According to reports, the senator addressed his correspondence to Brian France, chairman and CEO of NASCAR, saying the National Rifle Association has placed itself at odds with both "the overwhelming majority of the American people, and even their own members" over the "proper response" to the tragic school shooting.

NASCAR, it should be noted, honored the victims of the Connecticut shooting with a special green-and-white car at the Daytona 500. The machine's livery featured a green Sandy Hook ribbon, along with instructions on how to donate to funds set up for victims. In his letter, Murphy said, "I believe it would be imprudent for NASCAR to step into such a heated political debate and take sides in this debate by allowing the NRA the title role in the race." The NRA 500 is set to take place April 13.

Meanwhile, Texas Motorspeedway president Eddie Gossage insists the naming has less to do with politics and more to do with sports marketing, and NASCAR has said race sponsorships are agreements between the track and the sponsor, though technically the race organization can approve or reject those agreements.

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      Jason Clark
      • 1 Year Ago
      While I'm not a huge fan of the NRA (or NASCAR for that matter), and I tend to support some limited forms of gun control, this is an example of a Senator overstepping his bounds. The federal government (of which he is a representative) has no authority to ask a private business to not accept sponsorship from another perfectly legal private entity.
      l9t8z
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't like Nascar and nor do I watch. I will say though, leave your government propaganda out of automotive racing and let people think with their own free mind.
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      Because the NRA and its millions of members and supporters were responsible for an over medicated mental retard going full potato?
      neonrt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's see, we have a car race where the winner is given a pair of guns as a trophy, in Texas. My only question is why hasn't the NRA been the title sponsor since the beginning? Sen. Murphy needs to zip it. What's next, a call for Bass Pro Shops to stop sponsoring a car because they sell guns? Elected officials really should not be trying to work back room deals to block companies from sponsoring or purchasing ad time.
      Curtis
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only thing worse than a gun nut is an anti-gun nut.
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, he shouldn\'t be going after the NRA 500 to begin with...wrong target. He should be targeting the Severe Mental Illness Twin 350s, sponsored by psychotropic pharmaceutical manufacturers and an apathetic parent.
        AngeloD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scr
        @SCR: Don\'t forget to add the ACLU, who have made it impossible to commit any of these loonies to secure psychiatric facilities with their endless lawsuits. According to the ACLU, the mentally ill have a constitutional right to be homeless, to freeze to death, sleep on steam grates and crap themselves. We on the other hand, have no particular right to keep and bear arms. What a sick and diseased mentality these liberals have. They are sick mnded anti-American scum.
      Nathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol Murphy couldn't be more wrong, but i suspect he knows that and is just grandstanding.
      Dreez28
      • 1 Year Ago
      ...And this is what our Senators waste thier time doing instead of fixing real issues. These control freak anti gun nut jobs need to learn about personal responsibilty and stop turning our counrty into a tyrannical oligarchy.
        zoom_zoom_zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dreez28
        but but but....they are fixing all the problems in NY starting tomorrow. "Come Tuesday city inspectors will be armed with 17-ounce cups to police New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial new law banning large sodas and other sugary drinks." /end sarcasm
      old_scooter_tramp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perhaps if the Senator paid more attention to his own personal finances, instead of whining about the NRA, he could have avoided being sued for non payment of rent. Educate don't Legislate.
      scott3
      • 1 Year Ago
      The thing about the second amendment is that it is not needed till someone tries to take away one of the other 26 amendments from us. What I find odd is that the people who want to take the guns away from the good law abiding people often are the same ones protecting those that should be in jail for using them in a violent criminal way. .
      Boost Retard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems to me that there are plenty of other unsolved problems that Senators like this douchebag should be spending their time on than who is sponsoring NASCAR events.
      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know there is nothing stopping NYC Mayor Bloomberg from sponsoring the Bloomberg 500. Just think of the fun watching a bunch of hybrids race. Of course Mayor Bloomberg will also ban sugary drinks, beer, smokes and anything that even hints of a firearm at his race including all camo halter tops. And I'm sure discount tickets will be available to the economically disadvantaged or anyone else who claims to be a "victim" of some perceived injustice. Should be a real hoot.
        nassau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        What type of hybrids? Mules, ligers or some of B's staff?
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