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Speakers at NRA convention target Washington, midterms [Governors Palin, Barbour & Sen. Thune]
CNN Politics ^ | May 14, 2010 | Carol Costello, Ed Hornick and Martina Stewart

Posted on 05/15/2010 11:23:25 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Speakers at the National Rifle Association's annual leadership forum on Friday touted Second Amendment rights and also set their sights on the upcoming midterm elections.

Sarah Palin told the crowd in Charlotte, North Carolina, that the "lamestream media" is using propaganda to make guns seem more dangerous -- and not the criminals behind them.

"Criminals, of course, are to blame for crimes. It's the bad guys, not the piece of metal, that's to blame," she told the crowd. "Anti-Second Amendment gun laws don't offend them [criminals] -- they don't care what kind of gun laws are passed."

When politicians attempt to ban guns, "all they do is take them away from law-abiding citizens and we use them responsibly," Palin said.

Earlier, Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, used his speech to rally support not only for gun rights, but for energized involvement in this year's midterm elections.

The Mississippi governor told conservatives that they should not wait until 2012 to retake political control of the country. Instead, Barbour said, conservatives should focus on 2010, in what he calls "an enormous election."

Although the anti-incumbent, anti-Washington mood of the country would appear to help conservatives and the GOP in the next six months, Barbour warned conservatives not to be complacent.

Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, told the crowd there are two competing visions about the future of the country.

"One consists of more government and less freedom, and one consists of less government and more freedom," he said. "And right now, unfortunately, the prevailing vision in Washington D.C. is that of government. More and more government."

Barbour, Palin and Thune are among those considered possible GOP presidential nominees in 2012.(continued)

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TOPICS: Issues; Parties; State and Local; U.S. Congress
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2010midterms; banglist; gunvote; haleybarbour; nra; palin; palinfreeperping; sarahpalin

1 posted on 05/15/2010 11:23:25 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was there for Palin, Pence, Thune, Barbour, Chuck Norris, Richard Burr, et al yesterday. Back for Glen, Newt, Charlie Daniels and others tonight. Can’t wait!

2 posted on 05/15/2010 12:15:22 PM PDT by Free America52 (The White guys are getting pissed off. We beat Hitler Hirohito and Krushchev. Obama will be easy.)
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To: Free America52

Good tag line

3 posted on 05/15/2010 10:23:39 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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