Since launching her series “Emily Gets Her Gun” Emily Miller has achieved iconic status within the gun rights community. What was that Jim Croce said about Superman’s cape? There’s a small segment of the gun blogging community that wants my balls for breakfast because I “creeped-out” the comely gun blogger during a recent interview. So . . .
I’m a lot less than enamored with Ms. Miller’s Washington Times puff-piece on Donald Trump, which is just long enough to encompass a couple of pro-gun platitudes and the “revelation” (i.e., money shot) regarding which firearms The Apprentice star favors.
“The Donald is a true Second Amendment enthusiast,” Ms. Miller’s report concludes. Enthusiast maybe. Lip servicer certainly. But gun rights supporter? I don’t think so.
The fact that Mr. Trump managed to secure a concealed carry permit in the gun-free paradise more commonly known as New York City—whereas millions of ordinary residents are denied their Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms—should have set off Ms. Miller’s BS detector.
After all, Tom Delay’s former press secretary rose to prominence by charting her slow, uncertain progress through Washington, D.C.’s intentionally byzantine gun permitting process. The former FBI informant knows full well that New York City’s Mayor and his minions maintain a de facto gun ban by the exact same means. Only worse.
So how’d The Donald get his carry permit? And if he’s such a 2A guy, why doesn’t the TV-friendly tycoon rail against New York City’s “one rule for rich guys and celebs, another rule for [what Leona Helmsley called] ‘the small people’” concealed carry licensing system?
Equally, Ms. Miller seems oblivious to—or unconcerned by—the easily Googleable info that Donald Trump contributed campaign cash to arch gun control advocate and New York Senator Chuck Schumer. And the now-disgraced NRA F-rated former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
To be fair, Trump and/or The Trump Organization have also bestowed their financial largesse to the campaigns of gun rights favoring pols. But there can be no doubt that the supposed 2A enthusiast doesn’t consistently put his money where his mouth is.
In fact, the self-professed enemy of gun control is on record as a supporter of an assault weapons ban (AWB). On page 102 of his book The America We Deserve, Donald Trump said this about that:
I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today’s Internet technology we should be able to tell within 72-hours if a potential gun owner has a record.
I wonder if the H&K .45 and Smith & Wesson .38 owner and former presidential candidate even knows what an FBI NICS check is. Or if The Donald’s changed his position on a new AWB, what with President Obama mentioning the possibility during his last debate with Mitt Romney.
Just one good question that Ms. Miller could have asked The Donald, amongst many.
“This piece wasn’t about that,” the haters will cry. No it wasn’t. And if you consider me indelicate for considering Miller’s puff piece pusillanimous, if you think both Trump and Miller deserve a free pass because they’re poster children for gun rights, so be it. I respectfully disagree.