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Gun-Rights Ad Too Hot for D.C. Talk Radio Station

What does it take to be too conservative for talk radio station WMAL, the Washington area of home of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh? We may have just found out.

World Net Daily reports that the station refused to play a song that invokes a battle of the Texas Revolution as a warning for Barack Obama and Congress about gun control. The battle in question is 1835's Battle of Gonzales, when Mexican soldiers tried to take a cannon but were beaten back by Texan settlers.

Almost two centuries later, the battle inspired singer Steve Vaus to write "Come and Take It," a pretty catchy country song that also serves as an aggressive metaphor about current gun-control proposals. "It's a message to the president and to the members of Congress, with a little reminder of history," Vaus tells City Desk.

Concerned about post-Newtown massacre gun-control proposals, Vaus tried to buy ad space for his song on D.C. radio stations to reach the government. But, according to an email from WMAL sales manager Todd Freundlich that Vaus provided to City Desk, it was too hot for WMAL, which has been accused of refusing political ads in the past.

"After reviewing the spot with my program director we have determined that it is too controversial for us to air," Freundlich writes in the email. Freundlich didn't respond to requests for comment.

Vaus  was stunned that the station thought his song was controversial, and plans to keep trying to buy time for his song. "If they'd been in existence back in Paul Revere's time," he asks, "would they have thought his message was too controversial?"

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  • Doug Lake

    When Washington DOESN'T listen to us and we rise against them as a nation, will that also be too controversial?

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