May 3rd, 2013
06:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin fires up NRA crowd, hits Obama for using Newtown families

(CNN) – Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama and gun control advocates Friday, blaming them for "exploiting" recent mass shooting tragedies to promote their political agenda.

Speaking to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, the folksy former governor from Alaska also used chewing tobacco at one point to draw some laughs.

Palin, wearing a shirt that read "Women hunt," was one of several speakers at the NRA gathering who targeted the Obama administration and some lawmakers for wanting tighter firearm restrictions after the Newtown elementary school massacre.

In the days leading up to the Senate's April 17 vote on gun control proposals, the president invited families of Newtown victims to fly on Air Force One to Washington and lobby Congress.

Newtown families also participated in media interviews and appeared in an ad made by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the pro-gun control group co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

When the upper chamber ultimately fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass a bipartisan compromise to expand the background check system, some of those family members stood behind the president not long after the vote as he chided Capitol Hill for what he described as a "shameful day in Washington."

Palin argued the president was practicing the "politics of emotion" by "flying in grieving parents on Air Force One, making them backdrops in his perpetual campaign-style press events."

Par for the course, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee faulted the media for being a "reliable, poodle-skirted cheerleader for a president who writes the book on exploiting tragedy."

Politics of emotion, she argued, won't make the country safer. "It's the opposite of leadership. It's the manipulation of the people by the politicians for their own political ends. It's not just self-serving. It's destructive and it must stop."

Charging the president with being disingenuous in the wake of the shooting was a running theme throughout the day at the NRA. Palin added Obama was ignoring another tragedy.

"We could use a bit more emotion by the way of what goes on every single day on the streets of cities like Chicago and New York," Palin said.

Speaking of New York, Palin took the opportunity to take a swipe at Bloomberg, a mayor she has vehemently opposes for what she describes as his nanny state politics. In her last big speech at a major conservative gathering in March, Palin made headlines for sipping a "Big Gulp" on stage, a knock against New York's ban against certain large sugary drinks.

"Now I see that the mayor of New York now wants to ban public displays of legal tobacco products," she said, referring to his recent push to keep tobacco products out of sight at stores in order to de-glamorize the product.

"I tell ya," she said, as she pulling out a pack of chewing tobacco. "Don't make me do it."

With the crowd roaring, she put the pack back in her pocket.

"It's funny because Todd's been looking for this all morning."

Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • NRA • Sarah Palin
soundoff (368 Responses)
  1. Atheistically Yours

    The fact that the NRA has Sarah Palin of all people as a speaker shows how PATHETIC of an organization it is! Why don't they take it to the next level of stupidity, and organize themselves as the "one-issue" political party they wan to be, and nominate HER for President. Only through that level of political defeat and humiliation will SHE GO AWAY!

    May 5, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. J

    When your choice is Palin or Biden you know your countries screwed.

    May 5, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Joyce

    one more reason to keep her out of ANY office!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. iceandsnow3

    To Atheistically Yours: AMEN to your post!! Palin should go hunting (Women hunt) with the guy that shot Cheney. I can only dream.

    May 5, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin mocks the media to stroke her self love and the media allows itself to be mocked by the likes of Sarah Palin to get revenue dollars. A win win for both. Who loses this battle of the witless? America. Big time.

    May 5, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Bob

    Well, if anyone at the NRA listened to this Palin and her 1/2 IQ that pretty shows even God makes mistakes. Perhaps they need the guns to protect us from Russia.

    May 5, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Bob

    If these fun nuts can honestly say that IF the shooter at Newton did not have an assault rifle not ONE child would have been spared. IF IF IF

    May 5, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. jake17

    Cheney didn't get shot, he was the shooter

    May 5, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. marshcohen

    sarah is a perfect representation of Republican buffoonery and stupid ideology. Stay away from where people might hear you Ms.Palin coz everything that escapes your gob is just noise.

    May 5, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. TomGI

    If Palin is so amazingly "fired up" I think it's time the NRA/GOP run her for president in '16.

    May 5, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Body Electric 1001

    These commenters cut and paste most of their alleged facts. These disputants, who don’t trust the government at all, and yet they use FBI statistics. Many posters bludgeon their opponents with faux facts from various resources, sometimes up to two pages or more. (Most of which are not true.) Some of them site just one study and they expect others to check their facts. (“You can Google it”) These are the same people who are sure the FBI the ATF and the National Guard will someday soon, come for their guns. These men and women are all excellent shooters. They are all highly trained gun owners, most of whom have been in fire fights. They believe they are capable of keeping the agencies of the government at bay while they defend the Second Amendment. Are they sane normal gun owners? No. They are serious about the second amendment though. They hate, and I mean hate, anyone who does not totally agree with them. To these arguers if you’re not with them then you are completely against them. As soon as I see Ruby Ridge or Waco I just leave them alone. They have nothing to say. The insults they let fly are funny most of these people have commented say 3000 or more times on CNN alone. They spend all day dong this, it must be a main focus of their lives. I spoke to a psychologist friend of mine and he has seen this kind of stuff on CNN threads too. He tells me the majority of them have real personality problems. My doctor friend tells me many have self-esteem issues or OCD some of them have a need to be right. (I had no idea there was such a condition.) These maladies run the gambit. They are just looking for a fight.

    May 5, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Bob

    There's 3 things that Palin loves. She loves herself, money and guns.

    May 5, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Frank T

    OH my God I'm very disapointed that Palin and the OLD man La Piere didn't invite any of the Parents or Relatives who's children were murdered from Newtown to Houston for their big bash. How ignorant of the NRA and LaPiere for not inviting them. Let me guess why? The NRA couldn't care less on our children being murdered,and these people call themselves Americans.{SAD} Just to let you know palin and La Piere we support the 2nd Ammendment ,the right for all Americans to bear arms.

    May 5, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Expat American

    Sarah Palin – Giving Rednecks and Poor White Trash a bad name since 2008.

    May 5, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Charles

    The NRA is actually listening to Sarah Palin. What a shame.

    May 5, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. J Robinson

    Palin might be laughable, but there's nothing funny about Jim Porter, the Alabama lawyer who is the newly installed president of the NRA. He will succeed in testing not only the limits of the Second Amendment, but also the First.

    May 5, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. g

    whats the pay,and what do you want me to say

    May 5, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Liz the First

    Just one question. When did we become a country where guns matter more than kids? And when did we start electing people who believe protecting guns is more important than protecting our kids? the rabid right is once again spreading the lie that we liberals want to take away everyone's guns. and now they're saying we shouldn't pass gun laws because criminals won't obey them. sooo, then why should we pass ANY laws? more proof the 'right' cannot govern!

    May 5, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. S

    What will it take for us Republican or Democrat to really seriously address this issue?
    We are in the second decade of the 21st century.
    Sadly, social change usally comes at a price. Our price in the US the the murder of our citizens and sheer and utter stupidity of a well funded, a very well funded, organization like the NRA, and seriously misguided people like Sarah Palin.
    We all knew something on the scale of Newton would occur.
    Perhaps, when the next massacre involves a death toll in the hundreds will all parties involved comes to terms on this issue.
    Those of us able to think the unthinkable, know that it is coming.

    May 5, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Slave

    Gun control would lead to a civil war that would take many more lives than they have taken to begin with, not a wise choice.

    May 5, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Cheerios

    Liberal "gun control" is the logic that a person who has been assaulted, mugged, then killed is far more acceptable than if said person shot the criminal. Help find a cure for Liberalism!

    May 5, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. pale blue dot

    Why do I need a rifle that holds 15 or 30 shots??. If I am hunting I better take a large plastic bad to pick up the pieces of my kill ( deer, duck, etc ) or better still take some lesson on how to shoot and bag my game with ONE shot.

    May 5, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. johnrsenior

    According to a new wire service report, cited below to avoid any copyright infringement, the NRA has placed greater emphasis on expanding its feminine contingent in the form of its new auxiliary . . . the *NPA*, the National Pressure-cooker Association. To better protect every home, and to make tough cuts tender, the NPA is opposing efforts to limit their 2nd Amendment rights to pressure-cooker possession without registration and background checks. In their parallel Houston NRA/NPA conventions, the NPA has sought to emulate the prestigious NRA ‘Patriotic Awards’ of ‘Presentation Weapons’ to Celebrity Draft Dodgers (as previously to V.P. (“Deficits don’t matter”) Cheney and singer Ted (“Don’t make me fight, but I ain’t seen a gun I didn’t like”) Nugent), with the new NPA ‘Golden Pressure-cookers’ (like the movies’ Oscar and better known as the ‘Sarah P’) to Jane Fonda and Betty Friedan. Until dues paying membership can better support their development program, the NPA has gone commercial with their own line of ‘designer’, lawn-ornament claymores and trip flares. The NRA’s plans for a new ‘Toddler’ auxiliary group, the ‘NAPI’, have been placed on hold . . . due to some NRA parents demanding some *reasonable restrictions* to ‘their toddlers’ 2nd Amendment protections . . . and the late arrival of their ‘Patriotic Awards’, the ‘Rush-to-Poo’ inflatable cushions.
    Houston, TX 5/4/2013. The Sam Clemens Wire Service

    May 5, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Jeff Pace

    How on earth would background checks on people buying guns lead to civil war? Just doesn't make sense. The NRA does a spetacular job of representing gun and amunition manufacturers and wrapping itself in the 2nd Amendment. Very good marketing strategy. Am sure that Sarah Palin must have been paid well for her speech. The problem comes when the Palins and LaPierres quit speaking and begin to answer questions. That's when they demonstrate how smart they really are.

    May 5, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Loathstheright

    A room full of sub IQ's is pretty easy to get all worked up.

    May 5, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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