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. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Palin has been in front of the mirror practicing that NRA speech for 4 days! That is why she has been silent on Twitter.

    Now that her paracticed rah rah speech is over time to lay low while practicing the next rah hah speech.

    Hey Palin, I dare you to go on MEET THE PRESS! I double dare you!

    August 3, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Hannah Stevens

    Is she the new spokesperson for the NRA? Could be. Those photos of her in a helicopter chasing down moose and wolves will just get all the gun lobbyists teary eyed and seeing $$$$'s from more gun sales.

    August 3, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Edward lawler

    I'm a conservative, but not a fan of Ms Palin. That said I would like my two Senators to come out on their position on gun control and how they plan to vote in the future. They both had previously supported the right to bear arms, but both supported Pres Obama and as we all know he is/will come after our guns one way or another

    August 3, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Welcome back Sarah, you go girl and you do it your way. Now is the time to reach out to Ron Paul and get the GOP back on track.

    August 3, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Nathan,

    So this is where this bimbo resurfaces, at an NRA meeting. This should tell you everything you need to know about her. What other group in America is as narrow minded as the NRA. Oh I forgot about the Republicans.

    August 3, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. A.J.

    Will, wouldn't you know the first stop was the NRA....for Republicans it's always guns, there's nothing wrong with the enviroment, health care...oh..screw that...we don't need no stinking health care...let'm die.
    and on and on......

    Wonder if anyone there understood a word that she said??????
    How did she ever make through Journalism school?????

    Please just stay in Alaska!

    August 3, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. David

    "Stirring" speech? Oh, another one of her scripted stage performances, and then she'll be interviewed one-on-one and be exposed as the idiot she is. Sarah Palin is all spectacle. If she were ugly, fat, and saying and doing the same things, no one would give her a second glance.

    August 3, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Seattle Sue

    It really saddens me that John McCain introduced this woman to the other 49 states.

    August 3, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Jonathan

    Grab your Bible!
    Grab you gun!
    Grab your Bible!
    Grab your gun!

    August 3, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Me

    Why should we care? After resigning the governership Palin is no longer a politician; she's simply a person with a few misinformed opinions related to politics. But then again so is Lou Dobbs.

    August 3, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Rose in Colorado

    This blood thirsty hunter should stay out of politics for good. I am sick and tired of her speeches, uneducated way of expressing herself and sick of seeing her face all over the place.

    I don't know why people continue to give her any attention. As far as I am concerned she should disappear in the wilderness of Alaska not to be heard or seen again.

    August 3, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Just because we are allowed to have weapons doesn't mean that we should have all kinds of them. Remember that a gun (be it a pistol rifle or revolver) was meant to do one thing - kill. There are times to have one for self defense, but really some of the things that the NRA is pushing are just outlandish - what person needs armor piercing bullets? If they are really that paranoid, maybe they should be living out in the back woods (or better a cave) living off the land with no other human contact.

    Palin fits right in with the extremes of this (an some other) group(s). Not understanding that all that many weapons are NEEDED in urban or suburban setting. She is an ideologue that needs to live in the lower 48 and understand the other side of the country - moderate and liberal groups.

    August 3, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Br Spree

    Does anyone really care?

    August 3, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin could break wind and the NRA whackos would love it....

    August 3, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Tony in TX

    Wow what an awesome strategy. Duck and hide from the public.

    August 3, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Kevin in Ohio

    This ticker is obviously addicted to Sarah Palin.... obviously to bait all the left-wing haters out there. "Thou dost protest too much....."

    August 3, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. B

    Didn't release the content of her speech? Yea, stirring..So good no one needs to hear it. NEXT.

    August 3, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Tommy

    "Reporters were not invited to the event."

    Hmmm, much like her campaign speeches.

    I find it interesting that a politician, in order to widen their appeal, would actually go out of the way to keep the general public uninformed about their views.

    Sarah Palin, brought to you by CNN and Fox News.

    Aim high!

    August 3, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Gary T.

    Go Away!!

    August 3, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. AJ

    Of course she did. After all, everyone should be entitled to shoot animals from a helicopter!

    August 3, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. R Wolf

    I bet it was stirring – all that fun talk about killing beautiful creatures which are defenseless, just so you can feel powerful and have a laugh or two, yet, if someone says something about you which you don't like you cry to the press, the very same press that you hate, that you're being unfairly targeted. You know, unfairly targeted just like those beautiful animals you so dearly love to kill.

    August 3, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Joe E.

    Palin a "hit" with the NRA? Now there's a "no-brainer", literally and figuratively, both the speaker and the audience in attendance.

    Please allow her to disappear! Please!!!!!!!!!!!! Her voice grates on my ears and her "moral values" grate on my soul. BEGONE! FOUL SPIRIT! BEGONE!

    August 3, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. energy

    This matter should be investigated by the Press. Did she receive an invitation? Did she commit? Did she inform the organizers on time that she would NOT be attending? Who said she was going to attend in the first place–her staff, herself, the organizers, or who? These questions will be important in deciding how serious we take Ms. Palin post her governorship position. Over to you, THE PRESS!!

    August 3, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Dave C - NJ

    Of course reporters were not invited. They knew that Palin would have given them gold to work with. Everything the woman says comes out badly. That's not media bias...that's just obvious.

    Scan these comments for the 1 out of 30 Palin supporters that claim we are all scared of that line never gets old!

    August 3, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Chipster

    The 2nd Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms. It doesn't say that there cannot be reasonable definitions to the types of weapons that can be restricted. For example, armor piercing bullets are not necessary to protect yourself against intruders or for recreational use. "A Polaris Missile in Every Garage" is not a winning slogan and not the type of arms that citizens need to protect themselves.

    While some people wish to prevent anyone from owning any sort of weapon, most of us recognize that the Constitution protects that right and we defend that right. But owning a pistol or a hunting rifle is very different from owning grenades and rocket launchers. You won't win my vote with a "Bonnie and Clyde" mentality or by calling it sport to shoot fish in a barrel or wolves from an airplane. I come from a long line of hunters and that is NOT hunting.

    August 3, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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