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March 5th, 2013
01:00 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Rachel Nichols, Tim Carmody, and Dan Patrick discuss NASCAR's selection of the NRA as a Sprint Cup sponsor

Amidst Monday's NASCAR news, which announced the National Rifle Association as the official sponsor for an upcoming race in Texas, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a series of unique voices to share their insight and perspective on the agreement.

Joining Piers Morgan in person, CNN Sports anchor and host Rachel Nichols explained that the deal essentially provides a loophole for the NRA to advertise their product within the race, despite being restricted by television networks and cable companies:

"Part of the sponsorship deal is that at least once an hour the broadcaster has to mention the name of the sponsor. So all of a sudden, this is, in some ways, an end around that the NRA, who has had controversial ads, gun makers not being allowed to advertise guns on Fox, usually - the NRA name will be out there with some regularity during the broadcast," she revealed. "And this really hasn't happened before in this scenario. Because there's never been this high-profile athletic event sponsored by the NRA."

Joining Nichols in studio and across from the host, Tim Carmody noted that such a situation – in which the racing league partners with a controversial sponsor – is hardly unprecedented:

"There's a history here in terms of television advertising and NASCAR. So NASCAR, for years, the Sprint Cup, which is the series that this race is in, most people probably know as the Winston Cup. It was sponsored by R.J. Reynolds," detailed senior writer of "The Verge." "This was a way around the government's earlier laws banning the sale of tobacco, sale of cigarettes, that, again, you would get the brand, or the name of the sponsor mentioned in golf tournaments, tennis tournaments and absolutely NASCAR races."

Joining the debate from Houston, meanwhile, Dan Patrick suggested that all the day's controversy was entirely unwarranted, and nonsensical:

"Tell me what's bad about it. I mean, Texans love guns. Texans love fast cars. There's nothing wrong with NASCAR. And they have been involved with the NRA before," said the Republican State Senator representing the 7th District of Texas. "There's nothing wrong with this, Piers. I really don't understand anyone who would want to argue with the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment and the Second Amendment. They kind of go well together here."

Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Nichols and Carmody place Monday's announcement into context, while Patrick further supports the pairing, summing it up by saying "fast cars, guns, Texas, it all works together. We're proud to be Americans."
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  1. Ed Borrowe

    Piers Morgan is the reason we do not watch CNN anymore. He is very unprofessional and constantly throws out his opinnion and no one is asking him what he thinks. He is very immature and always interupts the people he invites on the show if he dissagrees with them. Please bring back on a pro... like Larry King was. Send Piers back to the Gong show types where he belongs. Sorry, I dont spell things right, but I do have common sence, something Piers desperatly needs.I would be happy to disscuss this further if you would like or on his show from the perspective of an average middle aged american with some life experance who use to watch CNN. Thank you for reading this. Ed

    March 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bruce horning

      amen ed!! worst of the worst is piers morgan. used to love watching larry king but my clicker goes into overdrive when i hear piers voice. rude,opinionated,arrogant,lacking in social skills. please,CNN, bring someone else to the table!!

      March 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Lenore Lowen

    This is too good to pass up comment. The National Rifle Association is sponsoring a NASCAR race in Texas. Well how is that for perfect? Two of America's most sacred cows guns and cars are joining forces. Memo to Wayne LaPierre, you need a license to drive a car and your car has to be registered with your state's Department of Motor Vehicles. Yet you resist all attempts to do the same with guns and ammunition. Further, a person can have his driver's license suspended or taken away for reckless driving or a DUI conviction. There are traffic laws that come with consequences if they are violated. Are you getting the hint here Mr. LaPierre?

    March 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bobjackson

      Lenore, go grab a pistol, run into the middle of your local town square, and fire off a magazine into the air. You're going to get your gun taken away from you, you'll get arrested, you'll get tossed in jail for at least the night, you'll get fined, and you'll get a nice visit with a judge... and as a result you won't be able to legally purchase a gun anymore. That's a much harsher consequence than the recidivist DUI convict who gets a yellow and red license plate, but still gets to keep driving. Your analogy holds no water.

      March 5, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • works4me

        Maybe, but I still wouldn't want someone that goes to the town square and pulls off a magazine into the air to have a gun anymore. Just what would be next. Shooting birds at the park just for kicks?
        Your analogy= sieve.

        March 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • cr

      Unlike guns, car ownership wasn't written into the const*t*tion. The rights to gun ownership shall not be infringed.

      March 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • T#T

        i think the problem is any word with t#t in it is censored. const#tution, pet#tion, ect ect

        March 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tedd

      Driving is merely a privilege. Bearing arms is a right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
      If you snoozed all the way through high school and don’t know the difference, ask the Supreme Court.

      March 5, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Bobjackson

    Isn't it cute how Piers lets people who will agree with him talk all they want, but other guests who try to present counter arguments to his opinions get talked over, bullied, insulted, called names, and wished ill will? He's a real piece of work. A journalist he isn't.

    March 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Appaloosa

    Piers, I truly hope you're reading these comments, because this is an important one. We all understand how emotional you are about this whole gun situation, but you have a tendency to overlook some very valid points. You need to crawl into the criminal's head in order to understand "deterrence." The goal of the criminal is to get in, get what he wants to take, and get out, without getting hurt, shot, killed, or caught. In order to help ensure he does that, he carries a gun. He wants to have the upper hand. However, if he goes into the house he wants to rob and the occupant has a gun, too, then the playing field has been leveled. Now, the criminal isn't thinking about how many innocents might get hit in the cross fire. He isn't thinking about how accurate the home owner might be. He's thinking that he might not get in, get out, and get away without getting hurt or caught or worse. The fact that there might be someone in that house who's going to shoot back plants seeds of doubt in his brain, and makes him second guess how wise it is to rob that particular house. Now... extrapolate that and apply it to every house on the block. He'll have to go to a different neighborhood to maintain his upper hand. What if the whole neighborhood is armed? Well, then it's time to go to a different neighborhood... or county.... or state. It isn't about taking out the bad guy, Piers. It's about making the criminal uneasy about committing the crime in the first place. That's what deterrence is. It's 100% the same as nuclear armament. The technology for nuclear weapons is out there, and that technology can never be destroyed. The only way to fight fire is with fire, and show the "enemy" that if they blow you up, you're going to blow them up right back. Neither side wants to be annihilated, so relative peace is maintained. No one is stupid enough to make the first move, but it will be his last. Armament with guns is exactly the same thing. Why does anyone need an AR or AK? That's easy – because the criminal force you face may warrant it. You never know. I carry a gun regularly, with a CCW permit. I do it responsibly, I do it legally, and I do it religiously. I do it because I never know what's going to happen or when. I do it to protect myself and my family. I do it so I'm not a helpless sitting duck, and at least have a chance to fight back if something happens. Look... If I always knew where the violence would be, I wouldn't carry a bigger gun; I'd be somewhere else. I'm not about killing bad guys. I pray I never ever have to use my gun, and it stays tucked away on my body. However, if that dark day ever comes, I will be ready. That's what this is about, Piers. It isn't about gun loving nuts, though some of us do love firearms. It's about self protection, from criminals, an out of control government, and any number of other threats, real and perceived. For you to, as Mr Lott said, cherry pick, examples that support your position, while completely ignoring the ones that don't, you're doing yourself and all of your listeners a great disservice. Present your side, let someone present a counter argument, and let us decide for ourselves. Despite what you have a tendency to suggest on your show, all gun owners are not idiots.

    March 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. John G.

    Mr. Morgan is so out of his league on CNN. Perhaps the worst TV personality I've ever witnessed. An opinionated buffoon who loves to point out how this wonderful country of ours is so barbaric with its' gun freedoms. Mr. Morgan, our founding fathers had intelligence and foresight beyond anything you could muster from your warped brain. If the colonists didn't have guns in the 1770's, we couldn't have beat back your oppressive little country and become what we are today. If you must rant on the gun issue, do it constructively, so perhaps we could find a way to curtail the violence that we've seen lately in a reasonable way. I would prefer, however, that you head on back to the country you loves so much. I doubt that you would find a job back there that would pay you as well as our barbaric country does.

    March 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. pat

    I agree 100% with Piers. I do not want to see anymore children or adults for that matter shot by a madman who everybody says is a nice guy. Why does anyone need those automatic weapons that can kill so many? No one seems to know. Piers, please keep fighting for the rights of people that want to be able to go out without fear of being shot by madmen.

    March 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Icallbull

      I didn't know Piers's mom's name was Pat.......
      Seriously, a teensy tiny fraction of firearm crimes are committed with AK or AR type weapons. The vast majority of weapons are small concealable handguns. There are so many of those out there, in so many hands, hiding in so many places, that they'll never be confiscated or controlled. The only way to combat them is to keep their criminal owners from getting the upper hand by keeping one (or more) readily available, ourselves.

      March 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sackett

      pat, there was no automatic weapons used in any shooting. Understand firearms and there functions before writing something stupid, although you're not much different that piers; clueless.

      March 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • works4me

        psssst... their

        March 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      I think piers morgan part of the problem in this Country!

      March 6, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Larry

    Piers is an arrogant depressed person, if he's going to have a show on CNN , they should change the format and let him do stories on Great Britain, a place he might know something about. He should not be allowed to try to dictate American policy. As far as the NRA sponsoring NASCAR , I rather see them as a sponsor than GO-DADDY, AND HAVE CHILDREN WATCHING. BUT PIERS WOULD PROBABLY BE ALL FOR THAT!!

    March 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • will

      someone wants to kill someone. there is not a single thing you can do to stop them.

      Deported. Piers Morgan,

      March 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. brasstacs

    Piers Morgan is arrogant and pompous with a seedy background in tabloid news..Morgan career has been marred with deceit and scandal and he represents the worst in journalism. Morgan is rude and disrespectful to any guest who disagrees with him,and Morgan often will distort and twist facts to fit his gun grabbing agenda. Morgan keeps ranting and spinning the truth about guns for ratings,but Morgan can't be trusted to tell the true facts...And American politics is none of his damned business... period,....The spreading of untrue propaganda is nothing new for Morgan with his sleazy history of editing and spinning the facts while working in those tabloids. CNN should do what "The Daily Mirror" did, and fire him on the spot and escort him from the building,for deceiving the public with his lies.

    March 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. AG

    NASCAR clearly showed who their target audience is. NASCAR will never be a country sport. It will continue to be a southern cultural thing. It is too bad. At some point they did seem to think that polishing the sport and reaching out to the rest of the country was important.

    BTW nobody needs assualt weapons, everyone that wants a gun should be ok with a background check; if any of these two measures saves one child it is well worth.

    March 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • brasstacs

      First of all these semi automatic rifles are not "assault rifles"..2nd... it's none of your business what kind of rifle law abiding citizens can or should own,.. it's the citizens 2nd amendment right. ..semi automatic rifles have been in use by the general public for over a 100 years...and certain kind of grip or stock doesn't make these rifles into "assault rifles"...that's ridiculous..3rd ...none of the proposed bans would have prevented any of those mass shootings.and the magazine and rifle bans that ended in 2004 proved without a doubt that these bans are worthless,and they didn't prevent anything.

      March 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      you probably wouldnt have been able to tell these people they dont need an AR15 if they didnt have an AR15 because they wouldve been dead:

      you want America to be a place where we can tell other people what to do? great , guess my grandpa fought in WWII for no reason , im sure he appreciates people like you

      March 5, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ichiro

      nobody needs assault weapons??? Give me one good reason why these people shouldn’t need those guns…

      1. People who live near the Mexican border in order to protect themselves against Mexican gangs. Police could take a half hour to arrive, so how would you hold them off with just 10 bullets, if there are multiple assailants with more than 10 bullets in each of their guns? (FYI: criminals don’t follow the law, just in case you didn’t know.)

      2. People who want to be prepared if their town should go into anarchy after a catastrophic disaster. We can’t always count on our government as we all saw in Katrina.

      March 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • brainless

        Ichiro ,
        Piers Morgan said nobody needs assault rifles and nobody needs more than 10 bullets so im sorry to tell you this but your wrong

        March 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ichiro

        ok... can I sue him if I die because l ran out of bullets then?

        March 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ichiro

        I mean, can my wife sue him?

        March 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • brainless

        ill have to ask Piers Morgan for the correct answer to that

        March 5, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ichiro

        You know what? Piers should establish a fund called “Piers Morgan Fund for the Dead”. The fund will help the families of all the deceased due to lack of ammo.

        March 6, 2013 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Ichiro

        Wait, a better naming for the fund would be "Piers Morgan Fund for the Outgunned".

        March 6, 2013 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. David H

    Life of a Mother? No problem, abort the baby, women's choice. Where's a woman's choice to choose her weapon of protection for she and her children? It's ok for us to choose but only when you say so? The Reason I've been buying guns is because idiots like Piers don't want a discussion. They just want us to shut up. I'll shut up when my new 36 Gun Safe is full. That may take a while. But my wife says fill it up thanks to Ranting Lunatics like Piers. Thanks Piers!!

    March 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    does Piers really believe what he is saying? or is he just twisting reality to try to mislead people?

    Piers promotes taxation without representation and has friends in our government who agree with him.
    That terrifies US citizens to buy more guns, from gun manufacturers, that give our money to the NRA to help fight for our right to bear arms.
    thanks Piers for being 1 of the biggest donors to the NRA & helping keep America strong!

    Looks like now you will be trying to get rid of the NRA's right to free speech next by ranting everyday for hours on your show about things that arent true about guns, gun owners, & the NRA.....

    March 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. mike

    WOW, Piers Morgan If you don't like it here go back to U.K..

    March 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. mr smith

    Go Back to Where you Came From..Get The Hell Out Of My Country Piers...

    March 5, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Scare the Pilgrims, old friend of mine used to say it all the time back in 1978 in Springfield, Ohio. Jimmy Carter was President. Gas was .25 cents a gallon my entire life until Jimmy came along. I was 19 years old, freshly graduated out of a Vocational School Welding course, certified AWS welder in a state that had a $2.65 cent an hour minimum wage and they don't call Ohio a Rust Belt state for nothing..I left in 1981..went to the Gulf Of Mexico. Hired in at Champion Shipyards..Oct. 1st, 1981,,,Ronald Reagon was President,,and I got on my feet,,saved my money for years..Still vote Republican,,retired as a welder,,and still belong to the NRA. I am not giving people like Piers Morgan anything but a hard time. And I am not giving up,,,anything for anyone,,,thats the American Way. Yours Truly S.T.P.

    March 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    You had a politician from Texas claiming that Texas has a low murder rate however he did not discuss the gun murder rate in Texas. See this info page on gun deaths per capita:
    According to this the only state with more gun deaths from guns is California. You should have your staff check this out.
    Its not about CRIME rates but about GUN DEATH rates.

    March 7, 2013 at 8:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    So now we have a Do Nothing Senator from a Do Nothing Congress running his big mouth to the point that Fox changed the NASCAR NRA 500 to the NASCAR Sprint 500 sponsored by Budweiser. What a bunch of crap. Fox is a bunch of cowards, the Senator has a bigger mouth than balls, and the public is either in the dark or left feeling like fools. PS: I renamed my AR-15 "Piers" because it's loud, chatters endlessly, and is dangerous unless tightly controlled.

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