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Emily Gets Her Gun book review

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The word Hero is often used casually in modern American Society. Occasionally, however, someone comes along who truly fulfills the meaning of the word. True heroes usually did not set out to be honored as heroes.

Audie Murphy did not set out to win the Medal of Honor. Abraham, of Ur of the Chaldees, did not set out to be the father of the nation of Israel. Leonidas probably never gave thought to the the fact that history would recognize him as the hero of the Battle of Thermopylae. Joan of Arc, I am sure, never planned to be the heroine* of the 100 years war.

And Emily Miller, on New Year’s Day, 2010, scared and angry, surely never gave thought to the notion that she would be soon hailed as a heroine of the gun rights and self defense community. She was minding her own business, dog-sitting for friends, when she she had a close encounter with thieves. Thankfully, she was not hurt.

This book chronicles her quest to purchase a defensive handgun in our nation’s capital. Handgun possession in the District had been practically prohibited since 1976, the year we celebrated 200 years of independence. Although the ban had been struck down in 2008 with the Heller decision, Washington, D. C. had still kept it practically impossible for the average citizen living there to buy a handgun. Miller, the senior editor of opinion at the Washington Times, began what proved to be a struggle to simply exercise her right to keep a defensive arm in her home.

Interwoven in the saga of Miller’s successful quest is her commentary on subjects of interest to all freedom loving people. She destroys the myths of gun control, the myth of high-capacity magazines and the myth of universal background checks. She includes chapters exposing the exploitation by the Left of the tragic Newtown massacre, the influence of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and liberal media distortion. She also covers the harsh treatment some of our servicemembers have received in the District.

The book would not be complete without Chapter 15, Emily Got Her Gun . . . and Took it Home on the Metro.

This book is inspiring. It shows what one person, who won’t give up, can accomplish. Miller has paved the way (and laid out a road map) for District residents who desire to have a firearm for self-defense.

Will Emily one day be able to CARRY her gun? I would not count it out, yet.

THIS LINK will take you to my book list. Click through to Amazon, where you can buy the book. I highly recommend it.


*her·o·ine: a woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.


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A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 (NLT)

Disclaimer: The information and ideas presented in this column are provided for informational purposes only. Firearms, like cars, kitchen knives and life itself all can be dangerous. You should get professional training as part of any plan to use firearms for any purpose. I have made a reasonable, good-faith effort to assure that the content of this column is accurate. I have no control over what you do, and specifically accept no responsibility for anything you do as a result of reading my columns. Any action or lack of action on your part is strictly your responsibility.




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