Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin recently announced plans to deliver a keynote speech later this month at a marquee gun rights event in Reno, Nevada.
Palin is set to speak at a Safari Club International convention on January 29, a gathering put on by a group that calls itself "the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide."
Politico reports that Palin will address a sold-out crowd of 20,000 attendees from around the world with a speech based on "her past hunting experiences and how politics affect the current state of hunting and fishing," according to a Safari Club website.
With the recent rise of criticism of Palin's rhetoric and imagery in the wake of the shootings in Arizona, the timing of her appearance at the function wouldn't appear to be ideal, though Palin has certainly made an effort to prove herself an unabashed Second Amendment advocate. She even displayed her hunting talents on her TLC reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," an activity that spurred at least one angry response.
As The Hill points out, "Palin's speech will likely be watched to see if she references the Arizona shooting, which left six dead and 14 wounded, including Giffords." In her first lengthy statement about the incident, Palin spurred more controversy by branding the media's treatment of her as a "blood libel."