For years Sarah Palin has portrayed herself as a hunter, and lover of guns. She has posed for pictures with guns and given speeches for the NRA.
She even advertised the venue of her baby shower...at a shooting range.
However, we have repeatedly seen proof that the image of Sarah Palin hunting or using a gun is a myth. She “does not actually fish and has no idea how to use her own gun, according to Levi Johnston.
In the hunting episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska, it took 6 shots to kill a caribou while it stood still without any cover. There were no trees or brush, blocking her shot. Even Field and Stream found the episode to lack credibility.
There’s more. “This whole hunter thing, for Sarah? That is the biggest fallacy…That woman has never hunted. ” The picture of her with the caribou she says she shot? She got out of the R.V. to pose for a picture. She never helps with the fishing either. It’s all a joke…When Greta Van Susteren came to the house to interview Palin “[Sarah] cooked moose chili and whatnot. Toddwas calling everyone he knew the day before—‘Do you got any.”
“Sarah Palin has said she’s a hockey mom and a hunter, but that’s really not the case. … People think that Sarah likes hunting, fishing, and camping, but she doesn’t. She says she goes hunting and lives off animal meat—I’ve never seen it. I’ve never seen her touch a fishing pole. She had a gun in her bedroom and one day she asked me to show her how to shoot it. I asked her what kind of gun it was, and she said she didn’t know, because it was in a box under her bed.
According to the Alaska Fish and Game Department, as of September 16, 2010 there was no record of a hunting license for Sarah Palin. Upon further inquiry the Alaska Fish and Game Department reported that Sarah Palin had not held a license for 2008 or 2009.
Now in the wake of the DC shooting of members of Congress, Palin Tweets:
” The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy (or gal!) with a gun.”
Palin’s Tweet links to an article advocating broader rules in Washington D.C. for average citizens to openly carry weapons. The absurdity of Palin’s post is epic.
- Armed police officers were in attendance at the practice. Officers Bailey and Griner were among five people injured Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice. Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was shot in the hip. Griner was shot in ankle and Bailey was treated for minor injury and released. The gunman died in the ensuing shootout. Thus there were armed guards in attendance at the baseball game, and they shot and killed the shooter. If more people had guns at the baseball field Scalise would have still been shot, but it seems likely that more innocent bystanders would have been shot. The reason that people were shot was not because there weren’t enough guns at the field.
- Instead of identifying the police officers as the heroes, Palin turned the event into a political opportunity to advocate more liberal gun ownership laws.
3. The police officers who were shot were special agents on Rep. Steve Scalise’s security detail. Scalise was standing near second base in an Alexandria, Virginia park when the bullets began flying from behind the third base dugout, striking Scalise. While Scalise dragged himself to safety, Griner and Bailey lept into action. In an extended firefight, the two agents took down shooter James Hodgkinson while battling through injuries of their own. Both were taken to the hospital after the gunfight, and are recovering from their injuries, officials say.
Scalise would not be armed while sliding into third base. Can you imagine baseball players carrying loaded weapons while playing ball?
4. Because Scalise was a high-ranking official, the House Majority Whip, he was assigned security teams. Griner and Bailey are veterans of those special teams, and have spent years on Capitol Hill earning the admiration of high-profile politicians.
The theory, backed up by a wealth of data, is that the more guns there are any in any one place, the higher the percentage of people who commit suicide with guns as opposed to other mechanisms will be.
Every year approximately 11,000 Americans are yearly murdered by gunfire.
Tragically, a record number of Americans subscribe to some version of this mythology, with 63 percent (67 percent of men polled and 58 percent of women) believing that guns truly do make them safer. The public’s confidence in firearms, however, is woefully misguided: The evidence overwhelmingly shows that guns leave everybody less safe, including their owners.
The evidence against firearm ownership becomes even stronger when suicides and accidents are included in the analysis—guns make both much more likely and more fatal. There can be nothing closer to a consensus in the gun debate than this point. Indeed, every single case-control study ever conducted in the United States has found that gun ownership is a strong risk factor for suicide, even after adjusting for aggregate-level measures of suicidality such as mental illness, alcoholism, poverty, and so on.
There are 20,000 gun suicides in the U.S. every year, more than 50 every single day. That’s more than half of all suicides and two-thirds of all gun deaths.
Research shows a gun in the home makes a suicide three times more likely. There are a few reasons why the presence of a gun in the home is a risk factor for suicide. First is the surprising impulsivity of many suicide attempts. Guns are also so much more lethal than other methods. Most people who survive a suicide attempt do not go on to die by suicide, but only one in 10 people who attempt suicide by gun get that second chance.
Limiting easy access to a gun for someone who considers or even attempts suicide can literally be the difference between life and death.
- The firearm suicide rate has increased more than 13 percent between 2007 and 2013
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults aged 10 to 24 years
- 85 to 91 percent of firearm suicide attempts are fatal
The numbers are worse for Veterans. Roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide.
In 2014, the latest year available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18 percent of all suicides in America. Veterans make up less than 9 percent of the U.S. population.
Nobody should be more concerned about the potential for murder and suicide from guns than Sarah Palin. It was Sarah’s house where Track brandished an assault weapon and threatened to kill himself. The mother of Track’s child was so frightened that she his under the bed. If she’d been armed with a gun, she might have shot Sarah’s son!
I guess it’s a good thing for the Palin family that their loved ones don’t have guns!