Emily Miller's political views always have been conservative, but Second Amendment issues really weren't on her radar until it became personal.
That happened four years ago when Miller, a senior opinion editor for the Washington Times, was housesitting for a friend when she became the victim of a crime.
She was returning home after taking the dog for a walk when she encountered a stranger walking out of the front door with the cash and credit cards from her purse. After that, she decided to buy a gun for self-defense.
“It took me four months and 17 steps to buy a gun I can't take out of my home,” Miller said. “It was outrageous. It absolutely changed my view of everything I thought about the Second Amendment.”
Miller has now written a book about her experience and the issues of gun control in America titled “Emily Gets Her Gun ... But Obama Wants To Take Yours.”
Miller, who writes about national political issues for the Washington Times, said she knew at the time that Washington, D.C., had the most restrictive gun laws in the country. But she still thought it would only take a couple of weeks for her to legally obtain a gun.
“It takes me four months to buy a gun, but it takes the guy on the street who wants to shoot me five minutes to get one,” the Baltimore native said.
“It really infuriated me. I haven't bought a second gun because I don't want to go through the registration process again.”
After not owning a gun for the majority of her adult life, Miller is now on a mission to defend the gun rights of Americans.
Gun control laws do not deter gun violence and only infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens, she said.
“Why are we spending all this time to pass (gun control) laws that's been proving not to reduce violence?” she said.
Miller, 42, never fired a gun until two years ago and didn't own one until 18 months ago.
While the typical stereotype of gun owners is Southern rural white men, there is an expanding market of first-time buyers of women, young people and urban residents, Miller said.
“I am an example of the changing dynamics of gun owners today,” she said.
Like many women who first bought a gun for self-defense, Miller then discovered she enjoyed shooting.
“It's opened up a whole different world of hobby or sport I would never have thought of before,” she said.
She now takes her friends to the gun range and enjoys shooting sporting clays.
“I am terrible at it, but I love to go,” she said of clay shooting. “It's so great to be outside and it is such a fun sport. It's something I want to get better at.”
Emily Miller will be speaking Friday to the High Noon Club, a conservative political discussion group that meets weekly at the H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City. The public is welcome.
H&H will have copies of “Emily Gets Her Gun ... But Obama Wants To Take Yours” for sale. Miller will be signing books for customers before and after the noon meeting.