Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has said recent mass shootings in the US have prompted leaders in Washington to exploit tragedy in order to limit the freedoms of law-abiding people.
Palin spoke at the National Rifle Association's convention in Houston.
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 will not make anybody safer and will not "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".
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