The Grumpy Vegan is certain that American readers will know who both Sarah Palin is and what the Safari Club International represents. British readers and others throughout the world, however, probably recognise the former but not the latter. Let’s just say that Safari Club International is a group of wealthy people who like nothing better than to kill wild exotic animals, including elephants, lions and tigers. Oh my! This report of Palin’s speech to SCI’s annual conference makes for scary reading on many fronts. Take, for example, this collection of one-liners.
My family loves animals in the wild—and also next to the mashed potatoes…For most of these frou-frou, chi-chi types, the extent of their experience is in the Tiki Room at Disneyland…We eat organic—we just have to shoot it first. And it comes wrapped in fur, not cellophane.
But it’s this part which follows on from her remarks about the recent Arizona shootings that is the most frightening,
I’m knowing too, though, how important it is, for their sake, for America’s sake, that we do not allow the evil acts of one mentally deranged murderer [to] change America’s way of life. We must not allow this tragedy to stifle our constitutionally protected rights, including our Second Amendment rights. Beware of what’s coming. I really do believe that God has shed his grace on thee. We can’t blow it. We can’t allow an atrophy of the foundation that is America, that is so exceptional.
The Second Amendment is the right for Americans to bear arms. So, there’s no room in the Palin-and-Safari-Club-World for any questioning of gun ownership notwithstanding the many tragedies of innocent people killed by others who believe they have a right to a gun.