Palin headlines: Is she really familiar with guns?

December 7, 2010 

TLC

Who cares whether she's running for president? The topic of the day is whether self-described hunter-gatherer Sarah Palin exposed herself as a stranger to firearms during the caribou hunt highlighted in Episode 4 of "Sarah Palin's Alaska." Problems pointed out by people claiming to be familiar with hunting included several missed shots (blamed on the show on a bad gunsight), Palin's wondering about the gun's recoil, letting her dad load her gun, and her own alleged unsafe handling of the gun.

Abe Sauer writes in The Awl:

While much of the debate around the episode is an ethical one about a millionaire shooting a defenseless animal so as not to have to pay for meat, the real conversation should be about how the episode absolutely exposes Palin as a charade.

In this most recent episode, a woman who has blindly championed the NRA and legitimized her frontier-woman status by claiming to be a "lifelong hunter" comes across as anything but.

Craig Medred, the former ADN outdoors editor now writing at Alaska Dispatch, calls for going easy on Palin when it comes to her aim.

Cut the poor woman some slack on that, though. Shooting well and accurately is harder than it looks. It takes a steady hand, a good eye and practice, practice, practice.

And it's clear from watching Palin on the Discovery Channel that despite all her hyping of the Second Amendment, she's not a regular shooter nor has she ever been a regular shooter. People who use or have used firearms regularly handle them like extensions of the body.

Watching Palin with a firearm is like watching someone who barely learned to ride a bike 20 years ago get back on a bike today.

One Palin fan who also claims to be familiar with guns didn't see a problem.

Read more in The Awl and in comments on the ADN site.

More headlines:

Palin's caribou cost at least $141 a pound (Hollywood Life)

Palin blasts idea of state bailouts (Politico)

Palin tries to rewrite Alaska history with stimulus story (Dermot Cole, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

Palin says Wikileaks found is making things up (CNN)

In 2010 election, Palin bet big on endorsements while Romney picked winners (National Journal)

Palin passes on tea party invitation to run for RNC chair (ABC News)

The more the left highlights Palin gaffes, the more the right loves her (Charles M. Blow, The New York Times)

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