(WVIT-TV) As the U.S. Senate debates federal gun control policies, U.S. Chris Murphy is asking Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corporation, not to broadcast the NASCAR NRA 500 race on Fox Sports.

News Corporation owns Fox Sports, which is scheduled to air the race next week, on April 13.

“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 in a letter to Murdoch. “This celebration of guns is inappropriate in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre. But most importantly, broadcasting this race, which will highlight the NRA and its radical agenda during this time, sends a harmful signal to the families affected by gun violence, as well as the millions of Americans who support sensible gun control measures and enjoy your sports programming.”

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