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. Bob Painter

    Sarah Palin gave a stirring speech? Is this the same Sarah Palin who ran for VP of the U.S.? That this group gives Sarah that much verbal prowess tells me more about them than her. I wonder how many attendees were older fat white men...

    August 3, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. kyle

    first of all, i want to say that I am supporter of gun ownership. it's in our constitution is a symbol of this country. however, i feel some gun activists are completely out of line when they advocate that we should be allowed to own weapons that are specifically made for attacking and killing people.

    that said, i dont understand how anyone even considers sarah palin a legitimate politician anymore. how do you get elected for a job, quit half way through and not be completely written off as a public figure? she couldnt take the criticism and she couldn't do the job she was elected to do, how could she ever come back from this?

    conservatives don't vote with their brains, that's why W was elected, mccain was a serious presidential candidate and palin is going to be a candidate in 2012. unbelievable.

    August 3, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Minnesotan

    Did Palin really give “a stirring speech on 2nd Amendment rights" or did she babble incoherently again, like she did in her resignation speech and her Katie Couric interview? Why is this dingbat even in the news anymore?

    August 3, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. jteacher

    Wow. This bothers me so much. The religious right clings to Palin as the Christian candidate. I am a Christian and they are missing the point entirely. God is a God of peace and I haven't a clue how conservative Christians picked up gun rights as a God-given right. I live in inner-city Chicago and 7 youth were just shot in my neighborhood. What's more important: gun rights or the right to life? You can't have both.

    August 3, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Tom

    lol Guess these can't be considered bribes anymore – thanks for abandoning us here in Alaska for your pretty new cards you failure.

    August 3, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Ken

    yahooo!!! Us'ns here in Alaska love our Alaska-billy gov. She didn't quit, really,....she just is a foolin' that thar libral media. She still in charge...I can tell, she still has a front porch with pillars on her family's trailer. An' she still a hollerin' at that thar libral-edjucated boy that got in her daughters knickers...that boy in a heap o' trouble ifn he comes sniffin' around the First trailer agin.

    August 3, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. AJL

    Liberal Democrats, middle of the road Republicans both consider Governor Palin a weak national candidate due to her naive approach to national and world politics. She understands this and knows she will only play to one group, extreme right wing Republicans. So you will only see her speaking at those events. Most telling is the organization's restriction on reporters. I'll wager that even right wing political pundits were probably restricted from commenting publically. Thus allowing her to speak publically and not catch any flak for it.

    August 3, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Keely

    BANG ! on Sarah – Stand up for women everywhere. We have rights too.

    August 3, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. MDM

    just leave Palin alone!

    August 3, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. jobo2612

    One has to BE silent before they can BREAK their silence

    August 3, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    Hmmmm.....the NRA is all over the place when it comes to what they perceive as what the Second Amendment means.

    Apparently, they don't believe in the First Amendment.

    It must be nice to pick and choose....

    August 3, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Where does it say in the Bible that "thou shalt carry an assault rifle and kill defenseless animals?"

    August 3, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Eric

    This is a perfect venue for the nutcase that is Sarah Palin. Truly a match made in heaven!

    August 3, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Dale

    If everyone owned guns, we would have no mass shootings because the shooters would get plugged right off.

    But the total number of gun deaths would go way up. The vast majority of gun deaths are single-shot single-victim incidences. Guns do not prevent crime. They just make it many small incidences rather than single big headline incidences.

    Consider airplane vs car safety. Which kills more people in America– cars or airplanes? Which makes the news, a single automobile death or a planeload of people dead?

    Gun ownership is the same thing... everyone owns guns results in many individual tragedies that are single-victim tragedies so they will not make the news.

    Guns don't kill people. But they sure make it convenient.

    August 3, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Michael

    Let's see, her stirring speech: ' Errrr, buy more guns, buy more ammo, hunt moose!'

    August 3, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. paul oregon

    a this is news what was her speech abount? cnn i can give a good speech also, listen msnabc is a real news station

    August 3, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Linda, Mississippi

    NRA Threatens To Punish Senators Who Vote For Sotomayor... No One Listens

    Headline from HP. Seems the NRA is trying to get into politics beyond gun control. Hopefully soon the headline will read :

    Sarah Palin gave speech and no one shows up
    Enough of her

    August 3, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. mhcoolm

    This is indicative of her (paraphrase) "holding on to her guns and religion" comments. Guns/religion, nice juxtaposition, reminds me of church shootings. Is that really the imagery you intend to create Palin?

    August 3, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. MBSeattle

    The story is all about following the money. Sarah will serve red meat to anyone willing to pick up the tab.

    I will bet her speech did not address youth violence that the cities face. The reason why is that dead kids don"t donate or vote.

    I am sure we will hear more from Sarah in the days to come about other key issues of the day such as health care and the bind the government is putting the insurance companies in.

    August 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. mitch

    Will this woman EVER go away??? She is thouroughly annoying and a complete non factor to the majority of people in this country.

    August 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Judith Hoffman

    The best moment in my life happened last year when I called the NRA to cancel my recently deceased husband's Life membership in the organization!!!!

    August 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Randolph Carter – you always inspire me with your blogs as well as crack me up! They are hilarious but tell the truth. Keep it up, don't ever stop!

    August 3, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Annette

    Guns? and so? no big deal, doesn't take much to stir this subject.

    August 3, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. DX in TX

    Very clever Sarah, omitting reporters from your rally with the NRA. I would never vote for you, but I must admit you are not as dumb as the media portrays you to be.

    August 3, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Janet Dimberg

    Yes, the bible does say it's OK to kill animals to eat. However, the NRA is killing animals for pleasure. Their members are also killing humans for whatever reason.

    August 3, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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