August 3rd, 2009
12:04 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin gives 'stirring' gun rights speech at NRA dinner, says group

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Palin's fans have been clamoring for her to re-launch her Twitter feed."](CNN) - She’s gone Twitter-silent since leaving office last week – but former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has spoken out publicly for the first time since her resignation, according to the nation’s largest gun rights group.

Palin addressed a National Rifle Association dinner in Anchorage Saturday, the group reported on its blog. The NRA did not reveal the content of her remarks, but described them as “a stirring speech on 2nd Amendment rights.” Reporters were not invited to observe the event.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate was also given lifetime memberships in several local gun clubs, and the NRA’s Gold Medal Award of Merit for the Promotion of Gun Collecting.

Palin has not yet given a media interview since leaving officen and has yet to re-launch her Twitter feed after leaving her goubernatorial account behind. Last week, her spokeswoman said that she had never committed to, and would not be attending, a GOP event at the Reagan library at which organizers had expected her to appear.

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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon


    Just be sure your gun hurts someone you love, not someone I love.

    Oh, I forgot, guns don't hurt people, people hurt people.

    August 3, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Richard L

    So far, Palin's promise to update everyone through Twitter after she left office has been as valid as most of her campaign claims.

    August 3, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Willy Brown

    Rock on Sarah!

    August 3, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Mike

    Run in 2012 or 2016 Governor Palin. With obummer in the White House, it will be a Republican victory.

    August 3, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. diana

    Wonder if they even understood her disjointed speach

    August 3, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. 60's survivor

    yeah. another secret event. nothing above board here either. probably some secret plotting. I'm sure

    August 3, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Karen-phoenix

    Gun right have advanced more under President Obama than ever. You all can now shoot Bambi in a National Park. Palin please go away!!!

    August 3, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Ken

    Can't think of anything more stirring than the Demagogue Diva talkin' about guns. Woo Hoo.

    August 3, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Palin addressed a National Rifle Association

    I hope this is not a pair made in heaven

    I don't like both of these parties

    I grew up with guns, appreciate them and agree with (meaning no need to have a constitutional convention about it) the right to bear arms

    I even think we need an advocacy group

    the NRA is not the group, the demonstrate over and over 'over the top' behavior

    this complements Palin 'the victim"s style

    but it would be annoying times two if they hooked up

    August 3, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. lovable liberal

    So what?

    August 3, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Rob Johnson

    It's a shame Palin's paranoia about the media will prevent us from every hearing the precious words of wisdom she said at the meeting.
    Oh well, if the NRA says it was a "stirring speech," then I guess it was!

    Seriously CNN, if they didn't let you cover the speech, why are you covering the speech? This way Palin gets to have her cake and eat it too, all the attention with none of the accountability.

    August 3, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. kd

    CNN – all Palin, all McCain, all the time.

    boring and not informative, CNN

    August 3, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. pinkette

    So the NRA will not release the actual transcript of the speech, and they did not invite the press to cover the event. My question is: why bother making any public statements at all about the event that they so desperately wanted to keep secret. If they want the public to believe that she gave such a moving speech, why not just release a transcript or video of the speech so that we can all hear it and be just as moved by it as those who attended. Or in the alternative, just keep the secret meeting a secret.

    August 3, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. windfall

    How ironic that the NRA wants everyone's constitutional right to bear arms protected, but they practice alienation and prejudicial practices by shutting out the media and non-members from things like this.

    August 3, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Texas

    good grief not her again! She'll be president of the NRA soon.

    August 3, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. dominican mama 4 Obama

    A rousing speech for the NRA where ".” Reporters were not invited to observe the event". Geez, I wonder why? Could be she worked the crowd up into a frenzy again, getting them to yell inappropriate things like at her V.P. rallies. Why would'nt she want the press there, at a gun rally, full of local yahoos? Hmmm?

    Interesting that she'd pass up on a more "cultured" event like the one at the Ronald Reagan Library to hang out with the Hood-lums of the NRA.

    August 3, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. JC

    CNN, there is nothing to read on this section. What are you trying to tell me "I heard she did this and that"? If you dont have the message dont send it out.

    August 3, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Suzan

    This is what we want for American a Women in the POCKET of the NRA.........this woman is such a phony.........she is all for the unborn child but what about the young kids being killed by these automatic weapons........

    August 3, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. mike

    This is an nonevent for those of us who are considering if she is a suitable candidate for any national office.

    August 3, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Johnnorth

    "Breaks Silence"... When did she ever shut up??

    August 3, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Sandra Day

    Unfortunately, about one-third of all Republicans are “tinfoil heads.” They are blindly loyal to the Party to the max, and will believe anything they are told. A beautiful woman spouting their philosophy was more than they could take, and they fell hard, not giving a heck what came out of her mouth. (I doubt the above address was "stirring," esp. given her so-long Alaska speech a week or two ago.) Now, the intellectual or Washington Republicans know that Sarah P. is ridiculous and making their party look bad, but there is no way they can afford to offend one-third of their party, so they go around giving lip service to her, all the time hoping she goes away, or at least gets more "training," which is where she may be now.

    August 3, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Tom Everhardt

    Phooey to gun collecting. Americans need to arm themselves to defend against an anti-American government now in power. Obama's new "civilian army" made up mostly of radical Blacks will be used to persecute Americans that don't agree with Obama's tactics. Antichrist-like alright!

    August 3, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. DanInNooYawk

    "Reporters were not invited to observe the event" because secrecy and spin are the hallmarks of the Palin political agenda. It's a free country–she can disparage and ban the press, but why doesn't she put her speech on a blog? For Palin, truth is her enemy.

    August 3, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. CS in PA

    Hey Sarah, that's the spirit – make lots of money with your poison spewing messages but keep it secretive – can't have it both ways when you put yourself in the limelight 'hockey mom'!

    August 3, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. Stripe

    Silence? What silence? This woman never shuts up. Stop reporting her every word, CNN. She is no longer relevant, if she ever was.

    August 3, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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