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  •  I just sent this to NASCAR and the track (9+ / 0-)

    I'm writing to express my disappointment at NASCAR accepting sponsorship from the NRA in particular the race April 13 at TX Motor Speedway.

     My son has been an avid NASCAR fan ironically since he was 6 yrs. old....the same age as the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.  We have attended various races at TX Motor Speedway as it is the closest track to our home in San Antonio and have always thought fondly of the diversity of the NASCAR attendence.  The track and management have been professional and all in all it has been a great family experience.  Unfortunately we will no longer be attending and (subsequently spending our souveneir, ticket, and food money) at this race.

     While the NRA is sponsoring only this race I think it will convince us to not attend any other race also.  Up until this time there had only been peripheral political "hub-bub" attached to NASCAR as a sport.  Unfortunately now there is a lot of political associated with this race in Ft. Worth.  If we attend are we endorsing the NRA's lobbying on behalf of not extending background checks to gun shows???  Does a souveneir tshirt for my kids signal that we are for extended magazines or an assault rifle in every home?  Perhaps even more important if we buy that ticket and attend that race are we being used by the NRA as a stereotype of a NASCAR fan and fulfilling their thinking that "if those rednecks love some fast cars they sure must love them some guns"?

     We are a TX family that owns a few guns, is not naive about the amount of guns in our fellow Texans hands, and is not adverse to TX;s castle law.  However we are also a TX family that has kids in school and was appalled at the attitude espoused by the NRA in light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Tuscon, Aurora, etc.  We are also a TX family that would like to make sure that our fellow armed Texans can pass a background check whether they are buying that gun at a WalMart or a gun show down the street.  We are also a TX family that can count how many victims at Tuscon, Aurora, or Sandy Hook might have been able to escape with their lives if the madmen doing the shooting had to stop and reload.  We are also a TX family that knows Vice Pres. Biden was right when he said a shotgun is an adequate gun to protect your family and no one needs an assault rifle unless you are in the military.  We are also a TX family that won't be attending any NASCAR event until the cozy relationship with the NRA is no more because while NASCAR may be happy to take their money we can't in good conscience be part of their public relations move.

    Thank you for your time!

    3.3 million Texans voted for Obama in 2012....give us a break!.

    by mkoz on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 09:26:49 AM PST

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    •  Good for you! Great letter! eom (4+ / 0-)

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 02:10:06 PM PST

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      •  I got a reply from TX Motor Speedway basically (0+ / 0-)

        saying: We're a business, we're taking anybody's money no matter how they make it, just don't come to the race--we DON'T care.

        It was pretty rude for a reply to a consumer.  I didn't expect them to change anything but I didn't really expect to be essentially flipped of in an email.

        3.3 million Texans voted for Obama in 2012....give us a break!.

        by mkoz on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 01:20:50 PM PDT

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