Several groups asked both Texas and the NRA to stop the sponsorship of a NASCAR event, but they were ignored. I bet the NRA wishes they had listened now.
As the general public is beginning to understand what the lobby labeled as the NRA is all about, they have received another blow to their credibility.
Three months after Gun Appreciation Day resulted in several accidental shootings, another gun-advocating event has been marred by gun violence. On Saturday, it was reported that a man died from gun-shot wounds suffered at NASCAR’s NRA 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway. Late Sunday afternoon, medical investigators ruled the shooting a “self-inflicted injury,” saying the man shot himself in his head. He had been camping on the infield of the motor speedway.
He apparently had an argument with other campers at the event.
Firearms were prohibited by Texas law from being brought in to the track by fans. The NRA’s sponsorship of the race came under scrutiny when it was announced earlier this year after Michael Waltrip ran a Sandy Hook benefit car at the Daytona 500 encouraging fans to text to give to Newtown, Conn. It was the NRA’s first Sprint Cup Series sponsorship; it sponsored the Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.
NASCAR and the NRA are a marriage made in hell. Fans are waiting for a fatal accident in the mind-numbing “races”, and the NRA is an advocate of indiscriminate death by gunshot. It’s a perfect relationship.
Auto sports are in difficult times financially, so I am 100% certain that the union between the two will continue.
Death by gunshot and death by automobile accident are the major reasons innocent people die every day in our nation.
Over 32,000 people are wounded or killed every year by guns. Deaths caused by automobile related incidents were on the decline until ‘texting’ became the norm.
The numbers of these two deaths surpass those of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes related causes.
When I look at the careless loss of life, and the injury caused by two “rights” that Americans claim to be more important than the lives of their own families, I question the intellect of our nation’s citizens.
Here is the simple truth. NASCAR “dads” supported George W. Bush. The NRA supported George W. Bush. There’s not much more to say.
Columnist-The Guardian Express