Speed and Politics: NASCAR And The NRA Are Not Your Enemies, Sen. Murphy

Charlie Daniels
By Charlie Daniels | March 14, 2013 | 5:53 PM EDT

If you were able to interview the hundred thousand or so people who will be at the Texas Motor Speedway for the upcoming NRA 500 NASCAR race and asked how many of them owned a firearm, I dare say that you would find gun ownership close to one hundred percent among the male fans and possibly the mid-seventies among the female fans.

Such is the makeup of the average NASCAR fan; pro-gun, pro-life, pro-America, who believe in God and the Second Amendment, work for a living, pay their taxes, abide by the law, not adverse to having a libation and not afraid of stating their opinion.

Personally, I think NASCAR and the NRA go together like a hand and a glove. They are a perfect match, bringing together two things NASCAR fans hold dear, racing and shooting, but leave it to a politician to find something to fit his political agenda in every situation.

In a letter to NASCAR CEO Brian France, Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) wrote:

"After the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which claimed the lives of 20 children and 6 educators, the NRA has taken an unprecedented extreme position in the debate over proper response to this tragedy, placing themselves at odds with the overwhelming majority of the American people, and even their own members. Given the emotional state of the national conversation, I believe it would be imprudent for NASCAR to step in to such a heated political debate and take sides in this debate by allowing the NRA the title role in the race."

In the first place, Senator Murphy's letter accusing the NRA of somehow defending the murders in Sandy Hook by representing the interests of their members is nothing more than headline-seeking, political pandering and should be beneath the wisdom and dignity of a U.S. Senator.

But, I have come to wonder if there is really any wisdom or dignity left in the U.S. Senate, anyway.

And secondly, trying to make NASCAR - and, by extension, their fans - culprits for accepting sponsor money from a perfectly legitimate source is silly and insulting. Nobody values the life of a child and believes in justice more than the NASCAR crowd, in fact, Senator Murphy could probably learn few things about making and enforcing meaningful laws if he spent a few hours with the fans in the stands at a NASCAR race.

Thirdly, where does it say that a member of a federal governing body has a right to get involved in the business of one private American entity with another?

Senator Murphy, nobody on this planet deplores what happened in your state more than the NASCAR crowd and nobody would be more anxious to do something meaningful to stop it from ever happening again, but what you're doing is neither meaningful nor practical, and it will not accomplish anything except to possibly get your name in print a couple of times, which I'm pretty convinced was your intention to start with.

Senator Murphy, should you not turn your eyes and your energy to your own home state and deal with the root cause of the problem which is keeping guns out of the hands of individuals who are capable of such insanity, an effort I'm sure you'll find both the NRA and NASCAR in sympathy with.

Senator, NASCAR and the NRA are not your enemy, your enemies are political correctness, milksop judges, opportunistic lawyers, non-enforcement of gun legislation already on the books, selective prosecution of crime by a loose cannon Justice Department, bloody streets ruled with illegal guns by violent street gangs and legislative bodies who are more concerned with re-election than they are with solving real problems.

Add to that a public that actually has hardly any respect or trust for Capitol Hill, a public that knows if you're given an inch you'll take twenty miles, a public that is rightly convinced that what you really want to do is disarm America.

And Senator, your actions only serve to reinforce that belief.

If you really want to do something meaningful about gun control, move to prosecute Eric Holder for his role in the Fast and Furious debacle.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

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