Neal Barton's POV

Senator, you're politicizing


POSTED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 5:44pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 12:45pm

Except for the parents who lost children in the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings, no one feels worse about that than I do.

But, Ii was stunned beyond belief when just a few days ago I saw a U.S. senator from Connecticut trying to politicize the shooting.

The Daily Caller reports Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy is urging NASCAR to drop the National Rifle Association's sponsorship of an April Sprint Cup Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway.

In a Thursday letter to NASCAR President and CEO Brian France, Murphy cited the NRA's political positions following the elementary school shooting in Newton, Conn., saying "NASCAR has crossed a line" by giving the NRA the title sponsorship at a major race, set to be called the NRA 500.

Well, excuse me senator, but NASCAR is its own entity and they can get a sponsorship from anyone they deem fit.

In full disclosure, I am a member of the NRA and an NRA certified shooting instructor. I also don't follow NASCAR.

But, you think I don't have any remorse when it comes to those kids getting killed? Remember, those kids were killed by a off-kilter kid trying to make a sick point.

Every gun owner I know would have gone crazy on any adult or kid pointing a gun at a defensless child or adult.

This senator is trying to tack innocent blood on me and people like me.

You want to talk about politicizing, senator, you are the one politicizing. Shame on you.

That's my point of view, whats yours?

You can email me at or facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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If you look at NASCAR's sponsors over the years and who owns them you will find politicization to be the norm, not the exception. There is no way any corporation has politics free.

What you see here is just a knee jerk liberal reaction to a conservative group. They will do anything they can to block conservative groups from any avenue of speech.

In a government gone awry nation, nothing is real, reality means nothing, and the money to be gained by a politician using television for a soapbox explains it all. Take a side, create divide, and watch the money pour in to your campaign. We have a state senator who uses television to promote bonds that he and his buddies all own or with televisions help, hope to create. Media and government, a match made in hell.

This reporter is calling out a Democratic senator for making a political issue out of NRA sponsorship of a Nascar event? The senator has free speech rights like everyone else. Does the reporter think only Republicans have free speech rights? I like how Republicans politicize everything, including Nascar. They made it where, if you don't follow Nascar, then you must be an evil communist. The NRA mishandled the Newton shooting. But that's just my point of view.

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