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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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Ken

    Sarah's Twitter activities proves ONCE AGAIN that she has the attention span of a flea.

    That's right Sarah – run for President. But make sure that you have a great VP 'cause when you get tired of that job and quit again....

    August 3, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Missy

    Are you guys high? 'Palin breaks silence...?' When did she ever shut up? Dear Lord. Give me strength.

    August 3, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. jeff

    Guns kill hundreds of kids every year, some accidentally.

    August 3, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Honestly!!!!!!

    Nice...a chic who's koo-koo with a lifetime memberhip to a gun club. One this is for sure...idiots beget idiots.

    August 3, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Randolph Carter

    Tarheel wrote: Sarah Palin has such charisma and is such a dynamic speaker that I understand why she causes the liberal Left's heads to explode at the mere mention of her name. She will be a tremendous plus to the NRA and any other conservative organization she chooses to support.

    The liberal left don't like her because she really appeals to the lowest common denominator. You know, the people who think that Olive Garden is Italian food, think that Lady Gaga is musically talented, think that watching reality TV is a worthwhile use of time. No class. No taste. Have a nice day!

    August 3, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Chop

    NRA would be a good job for her, go for it. About the only job you are qualified for.

    August 3, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Eddie B.

    Funny, how the press could not be a part of this event when Sarah Palin talked about how they have so much freedom because of our troops fighting for them. This woman is not fit to lead anything. I am sure the NRA loves her shooting animals and acting like a fool with guns.

    August 3, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Florida Joe

    Anyone that thinks this Simpleton has anything to offer in 2012, 2016 or whenever is just a crazy as she is.........This woman is a mental midget that needs to GO AWAY

    August 3, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. You Betcha !!!

    Plz CNN don't make this a Palin DAY .......Yesterday 8-2- 09 was a Mc Cain DAY ........5 to 6 articles** No Mo Palin or McCain **

    August 3, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. simp

    Her speech is not made public? Thank goodness. Nobody needs to read or hear this idiot ramble on and on about nothing that makes no sense.

    August 3, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. supporter

    Keep with your good work! Don't let the liberal media get you down!

    August 3, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. MarinecorpsAT

    Good for her!! Maybe it is time to start another political party for true conservatives!

    August 3, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. John E Lexington KY

    She gave a speech that neither she nor the group wanted covered. So let's not cover it. Let's ignore her to death in the great old American tradition. She is not a disciplined, serious person, she is not a leader, she has no record, she was a gimmick used by McCain to try to draw angry Hillary voters and nothing else. Any respect given to her is putting lipstick on a pig. There are serious Republican women leaders – Olympia Snow for example – Sarah Palin is a dangerous joke.

    August 3, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. kevin

    No speech reporters allowed...only 'stirring' comments made by attendees

    Why the secrecy if it was 'so great'????

    August 3, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Big D

    Did any other morons give speeches this week, or is this the extent of it?

    Go Sarah Go, you are the gift to the Democrats that keeps on giving.

    August 3, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Eddie B.

    I am sure that everyone at this event had a gun in their hands and after her speech they all shot them in the air!!! Yeeee Haaaahhhh!!!!

    August 3, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. G SMITH PA

    All you out in idiot land, Obama is a lousy President. Sarah Palin is a true American, true Republican and a true conservative. She would be a great President, she would be the President for the People not for the Politicians.

    August 3, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Darrell

    The scariest person in America has a "stirring speech". I wonder if they meant to say "screeching speech" ? I am thankful that there was no media or audio, she is a non factor in politics and is only the Paris Hilton of American. If she ever got into the Whithouse it would no doubt speel the end of America ! Every other country in the world would cease their relationship with the US !

    August 3, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Jeff

    Guns don't kill people; bullets kill people. I'm for strict bullet control.

    August 3, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. A guy from Maine

    The press was not invited? Is this an article about America or Iran?

    August 3, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. twitwits are the new nitwits

    Do you think the gun and ammo manufacturers have anything to do with the NRA?How about the Corporate Fascists?I think they are more about the money than they are about our second amendment rights.When it comes time for the Corporate Fascists to roundup these guns they have the data banks to find them.

    August 3, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Victory

    Can we give this woman a rest! She's not even a govenor anymore!

    August 3, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. bravado in boston

    Quiz her! Go ahead, and quiz her! What is the First Amendment? DO you think she knows?

    Do you think she knows what the Bill of Rights is?

    Quiz her on national TV. Let's see what she is really made of......(clay and puddy)

    QUIZ HER IN FRONT OF THE PRESS and let's see all the nutcases who are gaga over her, hang their lunatic heads.

    Ooops...was that name calling? Sheesh! 😐 sorry.

    August 3, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Lisa in FL

    "We eat, therefore we hunt" – especially if we own a helicopter. I wonder how wolf tastes?

    August 3, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. estes

    Who cares about Sarah Palin??? Give me a break.

    August 3, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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