August 3rd, 2009
12:04 PM ET
14 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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  1. Steve in Dallas

    Not sure on this maybe an accountant can weigh in on this to be sure, but by accepting lifetime membership in these clubs isn't that considered income? Does she need to pay taxes on that income. It would only be tax exempt if she paid for the membership and if they were real non-profit organizations. But given that they gave her the membership, then that is income to her. So is that taxable to her?

    Also, why didn't they tell us about what she said? Did she just blab on and on again and again and again with no real focus? Her 15 minutes are up.

    August 3, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. christine jeffrey

    Sara palin is right acording to Gods word. He oked killing animals to eat. Not many readers of his word in our generation. According to our constituon its ok also. Have you read it?

    August 3, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Michael

    Sarah Palin does this kind of thing for one reason only, to get paid $$. So the NRA threw in some memberships and an award to round out the whole deal.

    August 3, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    I have many concerns about people who love to kill.

    When the Second Amendment was passed it took 18 single and separate operations to fire ONE bullet. That same amendment now covers guns that can fire over 500 bullets per minute. Time for an update?

    I saw a bumper sticker in Florida that said "Gun control means using two hands": Another one said: :Gun control means killing what you're aiming at"

    August 3, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. hm,florida

    i can see it now the "new" n r a spoksperson. now this could be right up her alley.

    SO,she just said less than 2 weeks ago see would be "TWITTERING" SO EVERYONE WOULD KNOW WHAT SHE IS DOING AND A WAY FOR HER TO KEEP UP!~!! she even knew her "new twittering lingo". ha ha


    August 3, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. cool rock

    Guns are ok, I'm not a fan of the NRA and don't endorse them, and definitely think Palin is a train wreck like the rest of the socialist nazi GOP. Americans are definitely not thinking about whether Palin or the NRA. We are focused on getting our economy back and helping our president and the administration. I'm down with Whitehouse, Yeah you know me!! Peace out my brothers

    August 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. thetruthisoutthere

    if she ever runs again she will be so easy to beat, she continues to move herself further and further to the right of center...the country continues to get younger, browner and more centrist...paint yourelf into a corner baby!

    August 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. sue calgary

    This woman is nonsensical! Why the media keeps interfering with our peace by continually giving us these useless snippets of her going-ons I cannot understand. She lacks understanding...'Nuff said!

    August 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. hillbilly

    I have been a life long member of the NRA but will drop my membership now..............nuff said?

    August 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. anonymous

    so how many times did she say "you betcha!"?

    August 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. I can see Canada from my house!

    Anyone notice the fact this event was closed to the media?

    What is Palin, the GOP, and all their fellow travellers afraid of?

    August 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Enlightened Voter

    Republicans will support gun rights for all but not health care for all. Is there something wrong with that picture?

    August 3, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Nancy W.

    Do we really have to be subjected to this insignificant woman's every move, every breath? CNN, you're continuing to cover Palin because ...? Enough already, you betcha.

    August 3, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. dominican mama 4 Obama

    But Sarah, don't you see that if you DON'T invite the press you won't be able to get mileage out of your 'crazy juice' induced speeches? You're depriving the rightwingnuts that are the core of your support base, of all of your hate-filled, Bible-thumping, F-16 waiving, irrelevant , lie-based venomous rhetoric. And that would SUCH a waste.

    August 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Wynter

    Is this a surprise to anyone? The woman can't keep her mouth shut and whines whenever someone comments on what she says. If you cant take the heat stay out of the kitchen!

    I give her a few months of speaking her mind through these so-called conservative groups and she will say the wrong thing and get herself in very hot water with the Republican party. She is the worst spokesperson that they could dream up. They already have Rush to deal with.

    August 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. kelly- fl

    yall leave sarapalin alone...she's the best thing for the hillbillies who don't know anything, except call anyone who doesn't like her a terrorist, a bither, liberal who's afraid....of her..what else o yes..and a socialist....hehehehaw.....yal keep the ignorance bliss!

    August 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. George

    Sarah and the NRA are unstable!!

    August 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Don in Albuquerque

    The second ammendment did not cover assult weapons, or executing animals from airplanes. Leave it to people like Palin and all will be carrying side arms everywhere, and watch what happens then. So you like people being able to shoot up grade schools, and then take on the police. What a sad, sick state of affairs.

    August 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Judy Zukoski, Barnesville, PA

    Sarah Palin's only cause is promoting Sarah Palin and anyone who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves.

    August 3, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. REG

    Anyone noticed the Stock Market is over 9000. sure beats the below 7k days of the GOP...

    August 3, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Why do we need AK-47's or bazooka's? This country has literally gone insane. And by the way rethuglicans, gun rights are not God given, God does not kill.

    August 3, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. QuietStormX

    SOP: Who cares? Don't all so-called big wigs in the republican party do something like this for their base. However small. Another forced story about nothing ( Sarah Palin).

    August 3, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    If guns kill people, do pens misspell words?

    August 3, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. walleye

    I am amazed at how foolish some people are by running out and buying up all these guns. They think that the new administration will take away their right to protect themselves. I guess the question I have is how many times have you read about someone using a gun to protect themselves or their family, versus the number of times a gun was used to kill someone or commit a crime. Even though I don’t like guns, I don’t have a problem with hunters owning a rifle or two, or someone owning a handgun. What I object to is when people start owning assault rifles and hoarding twenty or thirty handguns in their home. There is no reason why the average citizen needs such firepower.

    August 3, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. makesUwonder

    Say what you will anit-gun folks...........this Texas family is a member of the NRA, enjoy the freedom to own our guns and treat our guns with the respect they deserve.

    Thank you Sarah Palin!

    August 3, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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