Imagine the outrage if a conservative Senator sought to stop the broadcast of an event sponsored by Planned Parenthood or the ACLU – there would be howls of outrage coming from the Left and a demand that every broadcast channel in the country carry the event live as a condition of retaining their broadcast licenses. But when the Senator is a liberal and the group in question is the NRA, the silence is deafening.
Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy is pleading with Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and CEO of News Corporation, which owns the Fox Sports channel, not to air a National Rifle Association-sponsored NASCAR race scheduled for this weekend.
The race "is inappropriate in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre," Sen. Murphy wrote on Thursday in a letter to Murdoch, referencing the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took place in Murphy's home state last December.
I might – almost – agree with Murphy if the incident in Newtown had taken place a few days ago. The reality, though, is that we are four months past the madman’s murderous killing spree in a gun-free zone. That does not qualify as “in the immediate wake” of anything.
But that isn’t Murphy’s real reason for trying to ban the race. He goes on to argue that broadcasting the race is inappropriate because Second Amendment rights will be exercised at the event AND because the NRA is represents one side of the political debate on guns. In other words, the event should not be broadcast because of the exercise of constitutional rights by the race sponsor. In other words, Murphy is seeking to punish the NRA because of its exercise of rights guaranteed under the Bill of Rights.
Not only that, Murphy is seeking to silence only one side of the debate – where is his demand that there be no coverage of Barack Obama, Harry Reid, or other politicians who are outspoken on the other side of the gun issue. To the contrary, Murphy is rather brazen in his explicit effort to silence only one side in this public controversy over the constitutional rights of Americans and attempts to suppress them through legislation. His words to Murdoch make that quite clear.
"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."
In other words, let’s just silence – in any context – those who dare to dissent from the views that Senator Chris Murphy believes to be acceptable. Such is not a position that is acceptable in a US Senator, who has taken an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” – indeed, it is not a position that is acceptable by any individual who claims to be a loyal American. Indeed, the possibility that individuals like Chris Murphy might seek to impose such tyrannical views on the American people is the very reason the Founders wrote the Second Amendment in the first place – to leave in the hands of the American people the ability to “alter or abolish” a government which had become destructive of their rights.