Educating the Media

A few weeks ago, when Bloomberg announced his effort to “educate” journalists, I mentioned “NRA has never done anything like this, as far as I know.” Well, I will have to stand corrected. I get its, which owns, both of which are assets of Salem Communications. (i.e. in the category of, you would think, preaching to the choir), but there are clearly folks pictured there who are newbs. Sure, I’d rather see the editorial staff of the Washington Post or New York Times here, but there is still value in hosting perceived allies.

Years ago, when I had more time and money to spend a lot of time in DC, I was involved in a range day at Quantico Shooting Club for a major “conservative” (i.e. really libertarian) charitable foundation, and all but a few who attended were completely new to firearms. There were a lot of smiling faces by the end of the day. I am convinced of the value of this kind of thing, even when we would ordinarily think we’re preaching to the choir.

But I do have to say, I’m amused that NRA has who appears to be Lars Dalseide of NRA Blog fame wear a suit even on the range.


Come into he 21st century guys! Kakis and a button up or polo has been the business fashion since at least the 90s. Click on the photo to see the rest of the photos.

10 thoughts on “Educating the Media”

  1. Ya know….whenever I see someone in khakis and a polo, it says to me that, at some point in time, someone at work had to quietly take him (it’s always a him) aside and say: “Hey, look, you’re doing good work here, but you really can’t wear those t-shirts from Cafe Press with cutoff jeans shorts here. Don’t you have, like, a polo shirt at home? And maybe…I don’t know, go to Wal Mart and get a pair of Dockers or something.”

    Then they showed up for work the next day in what would be their new uniform: a white polo shirt (soon a stained white polo shirt,) and a pair of the cheapest khakis Wal Mart had that day.

    1. The funny thing is, I tend to dress this way, and no one ever told me to. I decided a long time ago that I didn’t want to be a poster-board, so I decided to go against t-shirts (except for special promotional purposes, such as being given one by my current employer or school); I prefer black jeans without holes in them, but since I get my clothes at charity shops for the most part, I’ve had to resort to khakis (preferably with leg pockets, at least) or rugged-ish black or navy blue slacks instead…

      I’ve tried to distance myself away from this from time to time, but I generally find I don’t like t-shirts, and the idea of wearing shorts doesn’t appeal to me. And I couldn’t bring myself to wearing pajamas in public (I’ve had fellow math grad students do so, so I’ve given the idea a little bit of thought)…

      I also really like suits, but I won’t wear them on a regular basis unless I could figure out (and afford, for that matter) how I could get my hands on machine-washable suits. I’m mostly attracted to the multitudes of pockets, though, and find that if the suit and shirt are sufficiently loose (ie, actually tailored to fit me!) they can be very comfortable!

  2. I love the suit. You can’t possibly tar that man as a hick or mall ninja/nerd wannabe. Henceforth, I decree that all male NRA reps interfacing with the media must look like my grandfather on the way to church.

    1. I would take that further: any person who open carries a gun for a protest, as an activist, or even for awareness, should wear a suit as well.

      On the flip side, anything that makes us look like hicks or mall ninjas should be avoided like the plague: camoflauge, t-shirts (particularly those with messages on them), and so forth. Heck, the above mentioned food-stained polo and khakis would be an Ok choice, if you insist on avoiding wearing a suit!

      (Wearing something else appropriate–like dressing up as a colonial patriot, would probably be acceptable…but then, colonial costumes pretty much look like goofy suits anyway. :-)

      1. One thing you can always count on: Lars Dalseide is ALL CLASS! 24/7

  3. One thing you have to understand is that business casual is the mandatory dress code for the entire Northern VA area. The place is a sea of cookie-cutter townhome developments inhabited by materialistic, soulless government employees and contractors.

  4. Why yes, Sebastian, you would be correct in identifying me as the man in the blue suit at the NRA Range. Happy to amuse you.

    The jeans and tacts are saved for days I actually get to fire on the range. Some day soon one can only hope.

  5. Um, the guy works for the N.R.A. I’m sure he can outshoot me no matter what he’s wearing.

  6. Just catching up on the blogs now. Fun post here. The photos of all the Town Hall staffers are very encouraging to see (click through to see the entire set of pics).

    Big props to people like Dalseide who patiently watch and encourage new shooters. Making sure a new shooter has a good first experience will determine whether shooting becomes a true hobby/interest or just a one-time thing.

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