NASCAR's NRA 500 creates controversy
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - NASCAR's Saturday night race was named the NRA 500 putting the racing organization squarely in the middle of the debate over gun control. Four in Your Corner's Dave Culbreth dived into the controversy.
A U.S. Senator from Connecticut said this week, quote, "Looks like FOX and NASCAR are in bed with the NRA." That's how he started an interview on WCBS radio Friday and he didn't stop there. Democrat Senator Chris Murphy said, ""This was not a decision that was made before Sandy Hook. After Sandy Hook, after the NRA came out and took this very extreme position, against many families in that town, in my state, against common sense gun reform like background checks. After all that, NASCAR announced that they were gonna reward the NRA for their extremism by naming a race after them"
The Senator asked NASCAR to drop the NRA as a sponsor and asked FOX's Ruppert Murdoch not to air the race. Obviously, that didn't happen. Murphy said, "At the end of this race they shoot off guns wildly into the air to celebrate victory. I'm just not sure that that's the right thing for FOX and for NASCAR to be associating themselves with right in the middle of the debate that we're having in Washington about gun violence legislation."
This Tuesday legislators vote on a new gun control bill. In Naples today, people gathered for a gun control rally. When told about the Senator's opposition to tonight's NASCAR Race being named the NRA 500. They didn't seem to care much about that part. Gun control advocate Joan Schlereth said. "That's fine. You know what? I'm a gun owner. I don't oppose guns. That's not what this is about. It's common sense. It's about gun sense. Background checks are common sense. You know, it's common sense. You don't need a 30 round clip, you can have a 10 round clip."
NRA Member Jeff Davis said, "A lot of the NRA members, in fact, the majority of them are responsible in terms of wanting to stop the kinds of violence we've seen in schools as a result of unrestricted gun sales.
Schlereth said, "They keep saying the Constitution, the 2nd Amendment, We the people. When they wrote that "We the People", women couldn't vote. I wouldn't have even had a voice back then so we've evolved from that. We need to evolve on the 2nd Amendment.