by Jason Howerton, The Blaze  |  published on April 16, 2013

Despite all the uproar surrounding Friday’s National Rifle Association-sponsored NASCAR race, the actual attendees of the Sprint Cup event could care less about the so-called controversy. TheBlaze surveyed dozens of people and interviewed others at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, to get some organic fan reactions to the NRA’s affiliation.

The event was more packed than this author anticipated. There were cars lining the streets a good distance from the race track three hours before the race was scheduled to begin. There were also rowdy NASCAR fans tailgating in the parking lot, some of which had been at it since the early morning hours.

“Hell no,” Johnny Tindle of Waco, Texas replied when asked if he was “offended” by the NRA’s sponsorship. “I don’t know why they have caused this big deal about this…They are just crazy. Everybody should be a member of the NRA.”

Tindle said he would feel no different if an anti-gun group like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence sponsored an event. He may choose not to attend, but free speech gives them the right to sponsor whatever event they want to.

“I certainly wouldn’t call for a boycott or try to shut them down,” he added.

Bill Edwards, who drove in from San Antonio early Friday morning, said it doesn’t bother him at all that the NRA is sponsoring the Sprint Cup race. “Why would it?” he asked.

The outrage over the NRA’s sponsorship comes from individuals who don’t know enough about firearms, he explained. The anti-gun crowd needs to learn more about weapons and how to use them, then “they wouldn’t be so afraid of them,” he said.

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