Sarah Palin drew cheers from a crowd of thousands inside Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis Saturday night. The former governor of Alaska was in town to kick off the National Rifle Association’s “Stand and Fight Rally.”
The Washington Times reports that her 12-minute speech contained numerous lines that attacked liberal politicians and derided a perceived emphasis on political correctness.
Palin was thrust on to the national scene in 2008 when she was picked as the running mate of Republican Sen. John McCain for his presidential campaign. Since that time she has become a favorite of the tea party faction of the GOP with her applause-inducing, sound-bite-ready remarks.
At this weekend’s NRA rally she said Americans’ constitutional rights were under attack and that the nation’s approach to curbing gun violence was a ‘blame the messenger’ type of approach.
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“Gun stores are an accomplice to crime,” she said, “and that fork made me fat.”
She suggested that more women needed to be carrying guns to protect children and opposed any further limitations on the right to carry a weapon.
"Maybe our kids could be defended against criminals on the spot if more Mama Grizzlies carried," she is quoted as saying by the Huffington Post. "And [the] Obama administration wants you ID'd for that? Well, then go ahead and carry a sign too. A sign that says 'Yeah, I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.’"
“Mama Grizzlies” is a favorite euphemism of Palin’s for tough, Alaskan mothers.
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As Palin sees it any attempt to control gun ownership is an attempt to enable the federal government to strip other rights from citizens.
“Do you know why those clownish little Kumbaya-humming fairytale-inhaling liberals want to be tough all of a sudden and control your guns?” she asked the crowd according to The Hill.
Answering her own question she said it was because “they are not satisfied with just taking your money and your job, your truck and your property and your rights, your healthcare – they didn’t want to just stop at that.”
She added that the country’s founding fathers “knew that if the Second Amendment goes, the rest of the constitution is not far behind.”
The biggest applause came after she attacked the Obama administration for instating policies that “coddle” terrorists.
"Come on. Enemies, who would utterly annihilate America, they who'd obviously have information on plots, to carry out Jihad. Oh, but you can't offend them, can't make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen,” Palin told the crowd. "Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists.”