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. Truth Teller

    The reason why CNN constantly runs articles on Sarah Palin, is to keep people on the ACORN payroll. They are paid to search the internet for any and all articles on her, and to write negative blog posts. Getting paid from ACORN while collecting their welfare checks is pretty lucrative isn't it? When they do the census reporting for the White House, they'll be getting three paychecks.

    August 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Melissa

    Palin is a twit. She'd rather give everyone guns so they can shoot each other fighting over resources than give everyone health care so they can live to a ripe old age.

    So sick of the Republicans and she's one of the worst.

    August 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. mitch

    guns are stupid. like half of the homicides are with guns.Its strange how Britain tightened its laws and they had literally no gun kills. yah its okay to have the little pistol with the safety but you should just rent a rugger at the range and get your action there

    August 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Maggie

    I dare CNN – and the rest of the national media – to stop with these irrelevant stories. Palin's speech to Anchorage NRA is local news, not national news. I'm in Maryland; don't give a rats patootie about Anchorage.
    She blames the media for most of her woes. So stay away from her! She is now a private citizen. Ignore her. And her clan. She is not news.

    August 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Michael

    "A well regulated militia" No questions since the preamble clearly gives the feds and states the right to regulate. I'm a lifer NRA member and I can see that, interesting how some folks try to explain away the preamble.

    Maybe if we acted more like the NRA of the 40's and 50's we'd triple our membership but as of now, the majority of gun owners think the NRA leadership is tetched.

    August 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Marcon

    I hate this woman as much as the next educated male in the room... but.

    She is in a really difficult position having to be a 21st century republican female. Most republican males think the woman's place is in the home or on the street corner while most democrats frame their candidates completely differently. Shes NOT pro-choice, shes "sounds" like an idiot, and her personal statements set women's rights back 50 years.

    How is she supposed to fit into a Republican male's picture of an ideal politician while still being a woman?

    August 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. louise

    Anyone that would find pleasure shooting beautiful animals from a helicopter should stick with the NRA . Thats just about the capacity of her knowledge. It always amazes me that right wingnuts are pro-life but it means nothing to take the life of sweet harmless animals, or to send our sons to war without any hesitation.

    August 3, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Dale

    The NRA has long since branded themselves as extremist fruitcakes... so Sara does fit in well there.

    August 3, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. carrie , alabama

    Of course you do not need a reporter to report on her ramblings, nor do I want to hear on how to kill endangered species , or hear how to shot helpless animals for sport from an airplane. And I am not a spoiled Hollywood type!
    I support gun control of semi auto weapons, I support that I can have a personal gun in my home , within limits, those being the same limits we put on people getting driving licences and auto registration . We can track vehicles , we need to track firearms and try to keep them out of the hands of criminals. The word is at least try, not give them to every flakey radical for arsenials.

    August 3, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. george in alaska

    ...doesn't anyone see that any media exposure she gets (especially now) is due to advertising dollars from ultra right wing nuts?

    August 3, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. bj

    Palin supporters comment about the many "nasty" remarks about her and they then go on to make their own unpleasant remarks about the current President. How intelligent is that?

    August 3, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Patty

    Don't be alarmed because she spoke to 130 people at the "banquet".

    August 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Tom in CA

    The "Moose in on the Loose?"

    Who cares! This is not news!

    August 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Marc

    Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both – That's exactly the point. Guns kill people because they are used by people who wants to kill people using them. And since they are very effective in the goal of 'hurt & kill' since THAT is what they are created to be, the access to them should be limited to those who can understand all the implications & risks to own a gun. It's not about taking a right, but about the conscient use of such right.
    For instance, think about cars. They are designed to transport people and things, but there is such a justifiable risk in their handling that people that are found unable to properly handle with them cannot legally use them. And they are meant to transport stuff and people.

    August 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. wakeupamerica

    CNN – this is not national news. Let the local stations report on it. We've had enough of her.

    August 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. ANGIE

    sarah "the pitbull in lipstick" palin finally spoke about something she knows about. guns. and all you palin followers can follow her right into the wilderness and play with your guns. because there will be no gun play in the white house for this dipstick. she couldn't win the presidency if she was the only one running.

    August 3, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Oh yes, the liberal bloggers defended the 1st amendment just as long as the opinion stated is what liberals stand for. Well that isnt accurate either liberal opinions depend on which way the wind is blowing at that time.

    August 3, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. carol

    #1. Someone wrote it for her.
    #2. She fits right in with this group – nothing of substance.

    August 3, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Bob in GVL

    If this was a 'stirring speech', and they could make sense of it and understand her - enough said.

    August 3, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Jefe

    I'm a big fan of gun-ownership rights, but it disappoints me that many of those in the political arena feel it is the only freedom worth protecting. The extreme right-wing of American politics believes in the right to bear arms, but believes in all other aspects of life, the government should decide how people should live. If the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to defend against the possibility of a tyrannical federal government, then where were all of these people when the Constitution was being trashed by Neocons for 8 years?

    August 3, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Lauren from Tallahassee, FL

    Sarah Palin is frightening to me on so many levels and especially gun rights. This coming from the woman who guns down wolves from a helicopter.

    I do not know why anyone thinks Palin is any kind of possible contender for 2012 or any republican at this point. However, I cannot see why anybody would vote for her; every position she has held, she has abandoned. I hate to break it to those of you that say she's not a "quitter"; she is most definitely a quitter in every since of the word. I don't know how else you would define it. I agree that people need to leave people's families alone, but in orders of Sarah Palin's political responsibilities, she has shown more than once that she cannot handle the pressure of the committee she was on and the governor's position much less president of the United States.

    August 3, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Big John

    An illiterate moron addresses a bunch of jack booted gun nuts... big news

    August 3, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. JEANNE

    Sarah Palin is entertainment – that is why we liberals like to read about what she has to say. She will never be a viable candidate for President or any other office. She brings nothing but embarassment to the Republican Party. As far as Obama goes – I thing the country is progressing as well as can be expected. I dread to think what condition we would be in with Palin. The NRA need to be reformed just like the Republican Party. I am not against guns – but there need to be serious control (guns are dangerous!!!!!)

    August 3, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. The Jellyman

    We won't tell you what she said, but trust us, it was really stirring. Unlike the other stuff she's been saying in public. Privately, her words are really quite stirring. You should have heard them, even though you couldn't, and we're not going to tell you what she said, but, trust us, her words stirred us, big-time. If you could imagine her saying something stirring, you would know what we mean.

    August 3, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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