Governor Sarah Palin had the crowd at the Time Warner Cable Arena on their feet during the NRA's Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum. A Benefactor member of the NRA, Governor Palin joked with the crowd by saying that she didn't need the teleprompter because everything she needed to know was on the palm of her hands -- the message was, "I am the NRA."
After mentioning her son's nickname (Trig,) she quiped that someone asked, "You named your son after part of a gun? You take this NRA thing pretty seriously, don't you?"
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," Palin told the packed Times Warner Arena on Friday. Approximately 9,000 NRA members took time to attend this section of the 2010 Annual Meetings.
"American gun owners and hunters, we're not the ones glorifying violence and abuse," she continued, pointing out that Hollywood does not accurately portray gun owners, the vast majority of whom are responsible.
"Gun ownership is at an all-time high and violent crime is near a 30-year low," Palin said. "The anti-gun groups don't deal in common sense. They deal with emotionalism and lies."
She continued with tales of hunting in Alaska, her time since the 2008 Presidental Election, and what a treat it was to be with real people like members of the NRA here in Charlotte, North Carolina.
On the way out of the Time Warner Cable Arena, NRAblog stopped one attendee for his take on the speech.
"She was great," NRA member Gary Williams told us. "I don't know what she has planned, but she really gave a terrific speech today. Made me proud to be a member of the NRA just like Sarah.