Emily Miller: New Gun Owner, Talking Head

Yeah, Emily Miller’s on-camera routine could use a little more polish. Even while fielding non-threatening softballs from the perky-happy Fox and Friends Weekdend duo yesterday, she stumbled here and there and isn’t quite as smooth as she could be. Just imagine what happens when they talk to her on the Today Show. As if. But her anodyne series of articles on negotiating D.C.’s intentionally high gun licensing hurdles has brought her some notoriety and she makes an attractive, positive, pro-gun spokeschick. And that’s something of which we can always use more. So don’t stop proselytising and shooting that Sig, Em. Oh, and keep practicing in front of the mirror at home, too. We’re glad to have you on our side.

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  1. avatar sdog says:

    all i see for vid is a black rectangle.

    1. avatar Not Too Eloquent says:

      Emily is a print reporter who happens to be hot. Why should her on-screen presence be polished? Resent hot women much, Dan?

  2. avatar Ralph says:

    Women are purchasing guns in ever-increasing numbers, with Gallup reporting that almost 25% of women now claim to own a gun. As Emily noted, what’s fueling the female fire is their need to protect themselves.

    Women voters outnumber men, and women are more likely to vote Democrat. So here’s the question: will the Democratic Party’s antipathy toward gun owners have the unintended effect of alienating women?

    1. avatar MadDawg J says:

      With gun ownership at such a high level one would think that anti-gun legislation would meet massive resistance, however that would require the voting public to actually be aware of what is going on.

    2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      Maybe, in time. But that tipping point isn’t here yet. The DNC is still catering to the over-educated, under-informed pseudo-intellectual effete on the coasts, especially California, NYC/Boston/DC/Atlanta. In those areas, gun sales to women aren’t as large as the overall stats indicate. In flyover country, the stats are actually under-indicating the surge in gun ownership among women.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Maybe, in time. But that tipping point isn’t here yet.

        That’s probably the right answer.

    3. avatar Leftshooter says:

      Ralph,

      I am a Massachusetts-based NRA instructor in several disciplines and I teach an ever-increasing amount of women, most of whom I’d guess or know would vote Democratic. So while I agree that most of the current* highly-visible national gun detractors are Democrats, I think it might be likely that many rank and file voters would or do support gun rights. I also find that many women educated about firearms can be at least tolerant of them, and that’s a good start. That’s why I think we should be civil towards one another in this discourse. We need more friends than enemies.

      *Recall that then-governor Ronald Reagan enacted California’s most stringent gun laws in response to various open and concealed carry incidents.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        I am a Massachusetts-based NRA instructor in several disciplines

        Me too, also MA State Police certified and a certified RSO. It’s been my experience (take it for what it’s worth) that women are becoming very interested in firearms and self-defense and enjoy shooting. They are usually really good students who have no preconceived notions. I often hear them call firing a handgun “empowering.” Frankly, I get as big a charge out of their success with guns as they do.

        As for the Republicans, I wasn’t drawing parallels between them and the Dems. My question was entirely focused on the relationship between women and the Democratic party.

        BTW, Lefty, where do you teach?

        1. avatar Leftshooter says:

          Braintree & Nauset, you?

        2. avatar Ralph says:

          We shoot in North Attleboro and at the Barnstable Town Range, Leftshooter. I do home instruction for the 4-hour class in my home or theirs.

        3. avatar Leftshooter says:

          Ralph,

          Gee, we’re close. I’d love to meet up sometime in the North Attleboro area for coffee or some range time. I’m sure I could learn something from you.

          If you agree, Robert F. has my email, drop me a note.

      2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        We’ll try to be civil whilst we cling to our guns and our religion out here in flyover country. Really, we will.

        1. avatar Tim Tritt says:

          Being civil goes both ways. I suspect the reciprocation won’t be the same from the other side.

    4. avatar Aharon says:

      For now, no. I suspect that most of those women gun buyers are not single-issue voters. As long as they perceive that more of their values and needs are being met by the Democrats then I don’t see this as a party changing event. I can see some Democrat politicians moderating their anti-gun rhetoric and possibly reducing their gun control allegiance. Overall, crime is down in America and women are far less likely than men to be the victims of an assault on the street. Currently, men are far more concerned than women about America turning into a police-state along with the possibility of a social-economic-political breakdown or collapse. There is more to this interest in guns by women than is being discussed.

    5. avatar mikeb302000 says:

      No, what Emily reported was that 46% of women now report having a gun in the home.

      I call bullshit on that one. How about you?

      1. avatar Robert Farago says:

        I’d like to know where that stat came from. I’ll tweet her.

        1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

          http://www.gallup.com/poll/150353/self-reported-gun-ownership-highest-1993.aspx

          I think there’s some confusion. Overall, adults self-report 46% as having a gun in the home.

          Female respondents self-report 43% (combined) as having a gun in the home, only 23% of women owning the gun in question.

          No matter how one cuts the stats, since 2009, the upsurge is significant.

  3. avatar Ropingdown says:

    Is ‘prosthelytizing’ the new proselytising? Either way, it’s probably a good thing. As for voters and voting: So long as voting means choosing between two candidates pushed at us by parties…or three or four ‘volunteers’ backed by big money and espousing an ever-changing and vague platform on issues…it doesn’t make a great deal of difference who wins except on that single issue. Natural. Thus big budgets have no fix. Single-issue voting (even for 2A rights) means that the elected official gets a ‘bye’ on many other issues. So a candidate (for example, Santorum) is forced to be a ‘team player’ on education so that…his pork project will gain approval. Most of ‘his’ voters won’t even know that project was on the table, and that it would subordinate his platform promises. Other candidates function similarly. Rinse and repeat.

    1. avatar Mike OFWG says:

      Very well put.

  4. avatar Bob says:

    Hay Dan, where did all your criticism come from?? I thought she was absolutely great!

    1. avatar Jason says:

      Indeed. She’s been a great rep for gun owners through the whole process.

    2. There was no snark, only a comment on her on-camera presentation. I want to see her do well. She’d be a great public face for gun owners, and she’ll be more effective with a little work.

      1. avatar Not Too Eloquent says:

        I bet she presents on camera a whole let better than you do Dan. Robert would have found a pic of Emily in a bikini by now.

        1. I have no doubt whatsoever that she presents better than I do. But I’m not in demand by cable news shows to talk about gun rights.

        2. avatar Not Too Eloquent says:

          The point is she is a print reporter. Why would she all-the-sudden be all polished for a national television audience? She has as much expereince speaking in front of millions of people as either one of us.

  5. avatar Roy says:

    I agree with the boys Dan, You go sit on national TV and be cool and cocky, like behind you key pad. She is a good friend to gun rights, and going all snarky isn’t too cool. Her series of reports has been alot of hard work shining a light on the absurd hoops our on capital makes citizens jump through. Good for her, Keep it up Emily.

  6. avatar Roy says:

    I’m with the boys here, Dan. What’s with all the snark? this woman is a good friend to gun rights and friends should stick together. I’d be shakin’ like a leaf on national TV. Give the girl a break.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      I didn’t think that Dan was snarky, but I agree that we really like Emily and she’s a great ambassador for the right of self-defense.

      If she sticks with it, Emily Miller can and will do a lot to advance gun rights in America.

  7. avatar Aharon says:

    ‘Emily Miller: New Gun Owner, Talking Head’

    At first glance this headline (before a man’s coffee has taken effect), could be misconstrued by someone (not me of course) that a woman named Emily, who recently bought her first gun, was also recently discussing fellatio. In an effort to make America a sexist-free country we must change the headline.

    1. That’s what’s commonly known as “a reach.”

      1. avatar Aharon says:

        A “reach”? Oh’ really? So what is it that you were reaching for?

  8. avatar GS650G says:

    I ran into a woman I hadn’t seen in three years who bought a .22 pistol and is moving up to a .45 soon. I never thought of her as a gun person, and told her so. She said frankly that she realized how defenseless she was and decided that she was not going to be a victim. She got a permit too.

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