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The National Rifle Association says it has Sarah Palin to thank for a 20 percent jump in female membership.

Calling it the "Palin effect," the NRA's Diane Danielson told the Daily Mail that the former Alaska governor's vocal advocacy of gun rights is helping the group teach "10,000 new women a year to shoot, and making more girls want to take up hunting."

Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2008, has bragged about her ability to field dress a moose and was often seen hunting on her reality television show.

"Firearm manufacturers are gearing their products towards women. They're scaling down stocks, and shortening trigger-pull lengths for our shorter fingers," Danielson told the Daily Mail.

During a speech to NRA members last year, Palin said the only reason President Obama and Democratic lawmakers aren't trying to limit gun ownership rights is the fear of a political backlash.

"Don't doubt for a minute that, if they thought they could get away with it, they would ban guns and ban ammunition and gut the Second Amendment," Palin told the annual NRA gathering in North Carolina.

She urged some 9,000 NRA members to "stop them in their tracks" and slammed critics who might dismiss her as an "NRA gun-nut chick."

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Denzil

There are lots of folks among the progressive/liberal/leftist wing of the Democratic Party who would love nothing more than to see the Second Amendment gutted.In recent interviews this group's darling on the Supreme Court, Stephen Breyer, stated that he wants to eliminate guns used for self defense in homes and businesses. He went on to point out his view of the Second Amendment, i.e. gut it. As I read the article, I couldn't keep from saying out loud, "You hypocrite!!!!!" When this gentleman goes to the Supreme Court temple, he has armed guards patrolling the hallways and entrances. I would bet he has armed security keeping watch at his residence, but he doesn't want the average citizen to have this same privilege. Another hypocrite is Michael Bloomburg. He pushes his anti gun agenda, but he is surrounded by armed guards in his car, his office, and at his home. But NO--the Great Unwashed out there in heathenland should not be allowed to own guns. If these two gentlemen are so hostile to gun ownership, then they should eliminate their armed security details. I won't hold my breath until that happens. The is true when it comes to Hizzoner President Obama. He harbors hostility toward the 2nd Amendment, but he speaks carefully because in the neighborhood of 100 million of us own those pervidious firearms. His ridiculous comment about churchgoing gun owners shortly before the election had him and his campaign staff scrambling to put out the fire. I also add the likes of Feinstein, Schumer, Lautenberg, Durbin, and others who talk about radical gun control, but they too enjoy armed security in the Senate, the capital building, and the ground surrounding the Capital. These people don't realize that when they make anti Second Amendment comments and introduce draconian gun control bills in Congress, NRA membership increases by leaps and bounds. Finally, I will soon be 69 years of age and know many gun owners. They are all good, law abiding citizens.

March 08 2011 at 5:21 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
wbischo

The more Sarah Palin talks the more she sounds like she wants to start another civil war in this country. There have always been political adversaries in this country, but it has not included an obvious advocation of violence against the opposition Party, until this woman got behind a podium. When is she going to be challenged about her words, which are obviously meant to incite violence and terrorism?.

March 08 2011 at 1:18 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
wbischo

I thought needless gun ownership was going "out of style" and out of favor, for individuals in this country until the "lock and load" woman from Alaska came into the spotlight. I wonder if John McCain has nightmares about his part in putting her there. Ignorance is very, very dangerous, because the ignorant are not ever "aware" of just how much they DON'T KNOW. The ignorant can quickly gain a following, because our education system is so bad that millions of people will identify with it when they see it in someone else. It makes them feel like they can be accepted too. God help us all, if this tide of evil and violence keeps growing.

March 08 2011 at 12:58 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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michael

wbisco I guess you don't follow the news the country of Mexico outlawed private ownership of firearms for its citizens...That means no law abiding citizens coulkd own a firearm.... The county is about the size of Alaska.. in the last 4 years 37ooo unarmed law abiding citizens have been brutally murdered in thie privacy of thier own homes and on thier streets on the way to work or to the store. a lot or them on thier way to church.. So I reallty certainly suggest that if you want to live in a country where it is illegal for the taxpayeing citizens to own firearms you might move to Mexico and live like all the other unarmed citizens .. Only armed murdering criminal trespassers and burgulars have outlawed firearms there...Really don't you think that those victims at least deserved a just a tiny bit of a chance to save themselves and thier own lives....Remember these were all innoscent law abiding unarmed people

March 09 2011 at 12:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trasherx

It's funny how things change. When I first met my wife all my guns had to go. Fast forward 25 years and she's
now an NRA member, practices shooting weekly, and the local gun shop knows her by first name. She finally realized that when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.

March 07 2011 at 11:43 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Bill589

“The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” - Thomas Jefferson

Sarah shows no fear of the Obama regime including the press. For more than two years, she has been THE target - putting herself in political harm’s way. For her, the cause is worth it. She earns her support.

For me, second to the word of God, the most important thing I can pass on to my children is liberty.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” - Ronald Reagan

March 07 2011 at 8:52 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Barrel twist

I'm with you 100%. Let freedom ring! It's sad that so many who gave and lost there life for Freedom to those that have lived on are now having to fight against those that (living under that same Freedom) want to take it away from us.

March 18 2011 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
javaman16d

I wonder how much the FORMER Governor is getting in kick backs from the NRA? We will never know, I feel certain the $$$ is going into one of her off shore accounts for herself.
Not for politics, or even her family.
Will she stand & cheer when one of the 10,000 women kill their own kid by leaving the gun unattended?
Will she shout "reload" when one of the new NRA members kills a Trick or Treater come Halloween?
I am sure with the money the NRA is giving her in cash, she will not feel badly when a woman shoots herself, or her husband, or the kids. THAT amount of money can be quite a good salve for the soul.

March 06 2011 at 4:21 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
ettu

It is almost a necessity now, ever since Obama made a campaign announcement that he wants to develop a civilian security force that would be on a par with our military. That is quite scary to many of us.

March 05 2011 at 3:06 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
tausands

Bruce, stop with the Palin/Beck talking points. In case you missed it, Obama opened more lands to hunters in his first year than your NRA-backed shrub ever did. Nobody is trying to take away your gun unless you are a felon or a psychopath. It is called sensible gun control...you get a background check for felonies and psycho-evaluations. Now, if you fall into those two categories, I can see why you'd hate sensible gun control.

March 05 2011 at 11:46 AM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
zygi & paris

There is quite a difference in the size of Alaska, and the United States. And, Ms. Palin did not even run out her term as Governor in Alaska. So what are you saying? I wish Sarah would run too, I wish she would run out of voice, run out of the US, run out of crosshairs, run out of rifles.......

March 05 2011 at 8:58 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
sdodge4574

Now, is that really something the NRA should brag about? I thought better of them.

March 05 2011 at 5:47 AM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply

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