know your audience

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 30, 2007

The National Rifle Association (NRA) describes itself as "America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights."

If you were invited to participate in an event organized by the NRA as a "unique opportunity to contribute to, learn from, and network with accomplished and up-and-coming women who share your passions," would you see it as a great opportunity to argue in favor of gun control?

Neither would I. But then I'm not the sort of astute political tactician the US bishops are likely to hire.

Now ask yourself: Why would the NRA invite me to speak to a networking session for gun enthusiasts? Probably because the organizers judged, on the basis of my public statements on other issues, that I would be a reliable ally.

So even if I did surprise that NRA audience by arguing for restrictions on handgun ownership (which, by the way, I wouldn't do-- but that's another matter), the most dedicated advocates of gun control might wonder what I was doing at an NRA function. I wouldn't blame them.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 01, 2007 3:27 PM ET USA

    oops, sorrry not Shite they are pro life perhaps Wiccan?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 01, 2007 3:24 PM ET USA

    excuse me a "Lutheran" ?? I mean I knew the USCCB was democratic, pro-fetus death and ...... but Lutheran? Next appointee will be Shite

  • Posted by: - Oct. 01, 2007 2:00 PM ET USA

    "It's not always easy being a pro-life woman in DC," [Saile] said. "But one of the things I challenged them on was the Democrats' litmus test on abortion..I think the Democrats are hurting themselves by having this litmus test for candidates..The issue of abortion was raised..and I challenged people that it was not mutually exclusive to be socially progressive on issues like health care, poverty and housing and to be pro-life." So, she spoke for pro-life dems. Was her error dining with sinners?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 01, 2007 3:16 AM ET USA

    I disagree. The analogy is interesting, and clicking the links - especially if you really look at the dinner topics and speakers invited - makes it clear that Miss Saile was not asked there for a little Lincoln-Douglas debate over reheated Beef Wellington. The dinners seem to be much more for discussions between like-minded women.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 30, 2007 10:09 AM ET USA

    I'd prefer not have to go to the primary source material - in two different places - including scrolling and scrolling through names - to decipher what you are driving out. Unless you think such an exercise is good for me - like eating my spinach. Could you please give more information when you post, Di? And since the event seems to have happened in 2006, I'd find it more useful to read what Sailes said there, instead of an allegory about the NRA and an anti-gun speaker.