Emily Miller never thought of owning a gun — not until she interrupted what she describes as a home invasion. Her wallet was stolen, and Miller watched as fifteen men drove away in two pickup trucks.
The hardest part was sleeping that night. “I just remember thinking if I could just have a gun by my bed, I know that…I could defend myself,” she said. “I put a dresser against the bedroom wall.”
It turns out, they messed with the wrong lady.
From her perch at the Washington Times, Miller launched a series called, “Emily Gets Her Gun” which chronicled her efforts to obtain a firearm — and learn how to use it.
Until recently, it was impossible for citizens to lawfully obtain a gun in the district. Even now, it’s nearly impossible. “It took me four months and cost $465 in fees,” Miller said. “DC has the absolute worst gun laws in the country, and by worst, I mean, most restrictive.”
When Miller began her journey, there were seventeen steps. But her efforts led to the elimination of one of the biggest hurdles: A required $250, five hour, gun safety class outside the district. “I said to Police Chief [Cathy] Lanier: … ‘You’re insisting that I, as an unarmed woman, go to a strange man’s house, in another state, who is known to be armed, in order to have a gun?,” she said.
Miller’s story is one of perseverance and struggle. But it turns out, she’s also a trendsetter for young women: “It is kind of a trendy girl thing to do, and I have to say, I don’t think men are upset about it,” she said.
“I don’t know what it is with men and girls with guns, but they do seem to like it.”