Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) has a great new idea for gun control grandstanding: call on Rupert Murdoch to cancel a NASCAR race sponsored by the NRA this weekend. Murphy claims the National Rifle Association sponsorship would be “inappropriate in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre.”
The “immediate wake” of Newtown? The shooting occurred in December. When does the “immediate wake” end? 2014? 2018? Never?
The race is to be held at the Texas Motor Speedway, which as the reader might surmise, is not located in Connecticut. Murphy doesn’t seem interested in rational discourse, as CNN relates his letter to Murdoch:
“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 Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, which owns the Fox network where the race will be broadcast.
[…] In his letter to Murdoch, Murphy cited the News Corp. boss’ past support for tighter gun control laws in the United States, including a message Murdoch posted on Twitter shortly after the December Newtown shooting.
“Nice words from POTUS on shooting tragedy, but how about some bold leadership action?” Murdoch wrote.
“I would like to make a similar challenge to you,” Murphy told the media mogul in his letter Thursday. “You should play a constructive role in our national dialogue by refraining from broadcasting the NRA 500. 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.”
So much for all the balloon juice about how much Democrats “respect your Second Amendment rights” and want to be best pals with “responsible gun owners” and “responsible hunters.” That’s what the NRA is. For months, Democrats have called for a “national conversation on guns,” but it turns out people who join that conversation on the “wrong” side can’t even sponsor a NASCAR race.
Murphy is making a totalitarian effort to read the NRA completely out of society. Conveniently enough, once you’ve been designated an unspeakable monster, it is no longer necessary to salute your “rights” or take your dissent seriously. The gun control crowed seems to think they can only win this game if they have the field to themselves, because the other team is locked out.
If you don’t like the word “totalitarian,” well, stop running around and being totalitarian, gun control nuts. Asserting that no one can dissent from your agenda in good faith, and must obey your commands without complaint, is a totalitarian impulse. So is using human props to make “arguments” that no one is allowed to refute, without being accused of monstrous insensitivity.
Once more, for the benefit of Chris Murphy and anyone inclined to take him seriously: the NRA killed no one. It violated no laws. It’s an organization dedicated to gun safety, and unlike the gun control crowd, its members actually know what they’re talking about. (Has Barack Obama figured out the difference between fully-automatic and semi-automatic weapons yet?) Senator Murphy has no power to evict law-abiding Americans from polite society. It is an outrageous slander for him to imply that legal gun owners had anything to do with what happened at Newtown.
If the rest of his Party isn’t ready to censure Murphy for this outrageous letter, let’s not waste any more time listening to Democrats talk about how much they respect gun owners, and would never try to disarm them. There is no reason to believe them, because they wouldn’t be so keen to silence and embarrass people they “respect.”