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. T Diemer

    Do we really want nuts like Sara Palin running around with assault rifles and all of the amunition they can afford!!!

    May 4, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Bee

    Mark Armstrong

    Sarah Palin is articulate, right, beautiful and kind


    Don't set the bar very high, do you?

    May 4, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @Jacob Ransone: "Talk about wasting potential."

    All she cares about is cash, buddy, and she's willing to sell herself to whomever pays her the most.

    Kinda like the oldest profession in the world ...

    May 4, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    If she wasn't telegenic and had a halfway decent rack in a teeshirt, the NRA would ignore her as another screechy housewife.

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    May 4, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. donna

    I wonder who wrote the speech for her. She's not capable of writing it and she's too lazy to bother. She should be held accountable for the shooting of Gabby Giffords, along with all the harm she did to Alaska natives. Why does the news media keep covering this empty headed woman. She should return to the entertainment industry.

    May 4, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. lbdukeep

    They still listen to this dumb woman, who has shown us time and time again, she doesn't think, she's a PUPPET of the GOP!

    May 4, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. 60minuteman

    Listening to Sarah Palin is like listening to fingernails scraping across a chalkboard.

    May 4, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Mouth cancer

    sp has a chew and out comes spittle

    May 4, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. eviltaxpayer

    This ought to make some liberals heads explode, the party of "tolerance" and "diversity" unless you dis-agree with them.

    May 4, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. When Palin says something intelligent - let me know...

    That will be never...what is up with her? She has downgraded to making slap happy jokes at a gun show that promotes guns...and what is up with her whining about the President taking time to give a shat...oh right he is not suppose to care and not be available...but since he cares and proved it...Palin really blew a gasket...when Palin says something intelligent let me know...other wise Palin needs to sit down and shut up...

    May 4, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. norma jean.

    Every month or so Sarah Palin grabs a piece of current news to get her now tired face back in the news.....People tend to forget that when she was in office in her home state of Alaska she walked out on the second half of her office. She was too busy making a name for herself...This is a person that is only interested in what she can do for herself......and she has proven time and again that she's not very smart!!!!!.

    May 4, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Ameriapp

    Truly an all-American

    May 4, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. David Powell

    This is true, background checks could be improved and loopholes closed but they won't because the "Ban them all" rhetoric is used to fire people up after every high profile crime, and this splits everyone along the same lines. After the media frenzy popular opinion on guns always stabilizes back where it was, with the pro-gunners in a majority.

    The instant check system was started after NRA types sat down with the other side to come up with stuff they could both live with. This can happen again if politicians like Andrew Cuomo of NY shut their mouths and stop calling the NRA and everyday gun owners murderers. Every day gun owners are all around you and 99 percent of them are good people. Realize that and we can deal with things as humans, unfortunately politicians trying for media exposure and to distract from the horrible economy don't think that way.

    May 4, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. artraveler

    And Palin didn't think President Bush used emotion in winding up the American people to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9-11 because he had "daddy issues"? Just go away. You have had your 16 minutes of fame and that is 15 too many.

    May 4, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. RBullen

    Governor Palin is absolutely correct. If the knuckleheads in Washington on both sides of the debate really wanted to address the issue of gun violence in America they would create laws to punish the law breaker. The penalty for using a gun in a crime should be so abhorrent, so frightening to the criminal that they choose NOT to commit the crime. Law Enforcement and the Justice Department should be given the resources to effectively capture and prosecute these a$$hats. However this might require more prisons, or heaven forbid more executions (OH MY!!). The knuckleheads in Washington are just to worried that they might have to make an example of a few hardened dirtbags in order to convince the rest to OBEY THE LAW.

    May 4, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Aunty M

    Jason Ransone has a point. I too, wish Sarah would take up serious discussions about public employee unions and
    their taking money from the folks out here in flyover country. There are a lot of discussions she could have, because
    she is a real lightening rod for getting people to think! GO SARAH!

    May 4, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Palin's Pimping Service

    Politically and personally...rumors in Alaska are that Todd has a pimping business and serviced the Secret Service...running designer meth to Russia...may be why she speaks of it so "nearby" for all the crimes those two engage in with folks in Alaska are coming to a federal court in Washington DC...we can have the President there to console Palin as she gets led off in handcuffs to prison...then the yellow media can exploit Palin as the prisoners take her under their

    May 4, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    The American gunrrunning industry would like to thank the NRA and former psuedo-governor Palin for ignoring its existence and pretending that it doesn't exist. Likewise, Al Queda has put on its web sites how grateful it is for the wonderful opportunities handed to their adherents by the lack of gun control in this country. Terrorists like the Boston bombers could build black power bombs without any tracing tags placed in the powder to identify the powder's source as a direct result of NRA lobbying. Keep up good work?

    May 4, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. LiberaLIowan

    When that imbecile/m0r0n palin is on your side, you should know that you are on the wrong side.

    May 4, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Robert

    Palin, the NRA, and the gun freaks are all stuck in paranoia and it is a shame. Thier fear does not allow human hearts to connect, but rather to distrust, divide, and hate. They think freedom is a dealy weapon building a fortres around your paranoia. But in reality they are locked into yet a deeper prison.

    May 4, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. cntrlfrk

    Mrs. Palin is absolutely right.

    I've never been so disgusted with a sitting 'president' in my life. At every chance to unite this country, and move toward common goals in solutions, he seeks to find the weak he can exploit, the hatred he can fuel, and the division he can form to push forward his failed ideological goals.

    Easily the Worst President EVER!


    May 4, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Raj47

    They deserve each other........

    May 4, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Smeagel4T

    When you've got Palin defending your cause, you're definitely in trouble. She can't think her way out of a cardboard box.

    May 4, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Smeagel4T

    Sarah Palin and the NRA - Fighting to make sure that terrorists, ex-felons, and the mentally ill can buy and own guns next door to your child's school.

    May 4, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Smeagel4T

    Now Sarah Palin is fighting to promote tobacco products to children? Really? This is the same woman who didn't learn her lesson about birth control even after completely failing as a parent and her daughter turned up pregnant.

    May 4, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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