HOUSTON - Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin says recent mass shootings have prompted leaders in Washington, D.C., to exploit tragedy in order to limit the freedoms of law-abiding people.
Palin spoke at the National Rifle Association's convention Friday afternoon in Houston.
Palin got a standing ovation after she criticized President Barack Obama and the "elite media."
"That same media is now the reliable poodle-skirted cheerleader for the president that writes the book on exploiting tragedy," she told the crowd.
She said while she and others were saddened and angered by December's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, the emotions that have resulted from it won't make anybody safer and won't "protect the good guys' rights."
The former governor of Alaska asked those at the convention to "keep the faith" and "stand up and fight for our freedoms."