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Dem. senator tells Fox to pull plug on pro-gun NASCAR race

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“Boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing without politicians ruining all the fun boys!”

Race fans can almost hear Fox Sports commentator Darrell Waltrip uttering the above words as the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway gets underway Saturday night.

With President Obama and the Democratic Party fully engaged in forcing gun control on America, a politician on the left may have pushed a little too far when Sen. Chris Murphy [D-CT] asked that Fox pull the plug on its broadcast of the race.

Why?

Because the National Rifle Association (NRA) is sponsoring the race.

Murphy has sent a letter to Fox chief Rupert Murdoch asking that the network not broadcast the race because it’s taking place during consideration of gun control legislation in the Senate.

He claims the race will give national attention “to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate,” according to the CBS affiliate in New York.

“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,” Murphy wrote.

Which is nothing short of ridiculous.

It is Murphy, in a shameless attempt to politicize the tragic shooting, who is putting Fox Sports in the middle of the debate.

Never mind that the legislation under consideration would not have prevented that shooting, or that those looking to restrict the second amendment rights of law abiding Americans have the national media fully on board, this move is little more than a continuation of an ongoing effort to demonize the NRA.

The far-left understands fully that it must marginalize the NRA if it is ever to reach its goal of outlawing guns in America.

Although, I almost wish Fox would cancel the broadcast.

NASCAR fans are not your everyday run-of-the-mill sports fans. To the average race fan, NASCAR is nothing short of a religion and I can image the reaction if Murdoch were foolish enough to bend to the intimidation tactics of the left.

Such a moment could very well be the high-water mark of Barack Obama and the progressive left in this country.

There was a time when sporting events were an escape from the trappings of this world, a safe place folks could go for a few hours and avoid glad-handing politicians in pursuit of power and prestige. Which, in the end, is what the gun control debate is all about — Barack Obama’s legacy.

A refuge first encroached upon at Super Bowl XIX in 1985, when Ronald Reagan became the first sitting president to participate in the coin toss ceremony, appearing live via satellite from the White House.

Perhaps, fans should have come together then and said to all politicians, “leave our sports alone!”

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Tom Tillison

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