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Sarah Palin Parents Fear for Safety, Carry Guns
Caroline Lorraine

Mar 9, 2011, 14:51

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Sarah Palin's parents said they've faced death threats due to their daughter's rise to fame and controversial nature, and they sleep with guns as a safety measure.

In an interview with BBC's "Newsnight," Chuck and Sally Heath said they fear for their daughter's safety.

"As a mother I do have concerns about her safety and that of the kids... she knows how I feel, that it's risky," Sally Heath told Jackie Long of the BBC.

"A good example is one guy from Pennsylvania," said Chuck Heath, Palin's father. "He sent us and other people copies of a gun he�d bought, copies of a receipt for a gun he bought, copies of a one-way ticket to Anchorage. We kind of laugh it off, we got a restraining order on him, and lo and behold last week he showed up in Anchorage, from Pennsylvania, and fortunately the FBI was on top of it and sent him home."

"We sleep with the guns," Palin's father said in the interview.

Palin dismissed the threats against her family, saying, "Our family is pretty thick-skinned."

"For the last 20 years in political office our family has put up with a lot of flak," she said. "We're still standing and we're doing well, so we're not worried too much about the pressure."

Palin also said that if she were to enter the 2012 race, it would be as a serious candidate. She said voters' receptiveness would factor in her decision.

"And just the idea of whether the American electorate is ready for someone a bit unconventional, who is willing to tell it as she sees it, not be beholden to special interest or such obsessive partisanship as to let a political machine get in the way of doing what's right for the voters," Palin said.

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