Emily Miller’s Pro-Gun Memoir Can Now Be Found In The Fiction Aisle

[UPDATE]: Welcome Crooks & Liars!

It seems Emily’s books is getting some creative book reviews over at Amazon. Hilarious.

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Oh, dear:

A document from the D.C. police department shows that Emily Miller, the chief investigative reporter for WTTG-TV (Fox 5), didn’t fall victim to a home invasion on New Year’s Day 2010 as she has told various interviewers in recent years, including some gun-rights lobbying groups. Instead, Miller spotted someone leaving the property as she returned from walking a dog.

Emily Miller has made quite a career out of pimping her tragedy, shilling for the NRA and writing the hilariously named “memoir” Emily Gets Her Gun: …But Obama Wants to Take Yours. And now it’s looking like her tragic story of being accosted by 15 — fifteen! — drug addicts in a “terrifying” home invasion was all made up.

Here’s what she said:

As noted in this blog last week, Miller would subsequently tell far more scary versions of this encounter to gun groups and others. In an “NRA All Access” interview, for instance, Miller stated that “a man — the police believed to be a drug addict — got into the house and started robbing it. So when I came back into the house, he was in there robbing.” The sleek NRA presentation furnishes a reenactment of the scene, complete with night lighting, even though the event occurred just after 3 p.m., according to the supplemental D.C. police report.

On several occasions, Miller has stated that she was a “victim of a home invasion,” including at a Feb. 10 speech in Annapolis to assist gun-rights groups in lobbying against gun-control restrictions. A common understanding of “home invasion” is a terror-laden crime in which intruders burst into a residence and (in most cases) do bodily harm to the occupants.

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There’s more. In recounting the episode, Miller has claimed that she confronted a veritable crime syndicate.

After the man left, I was still suspicious so I went inside, grabbed my Blackberry and clicked on the icon for the camera. I walked down the street, and as I turned the corner, I saw about 15 scruffy young men standing around two pickup trucks. We were at the end of a woody, dead-end road.

I nervously held up my Blackberry to take a quick photo of them and the license plates. Suddenly, the blood-shot-eyed guy darted out, blocking the shot. “What are you doing?” he asked. I looked around at all the men staring at me and was suddenly scared.

Super scary! Also, super not true! Here’s what the police report said happened:

“[Miller] stated that she left out to walk the dog at 1515hrs and when she returned at 1525hrs she observed [the suspect] exiting from behind the fence which leads to the side of the house. [Miller] asked [suspect] ‘What are you doing here’ and [suspect] stated ‘I am delivering firewood,’” according to a supplemental D.C. police report.

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[Miller] stated that she went into the house and felt that something was not right, so she exited the house to take a photo of [suspect’s] vehicle. [Suspect] approached [Miller] and gave her a business card that stated [a tree service] and [suspect] left the scene. [Miller] stated that [suspect] was operating a silver pick up truck with landscaping on the side of it.

[Miller] stated that she was contacted by her credit card company at 1945hrs about some fraudulent charges on her credit card. [Miller] stated that she checked her purse and noticed that her Visa credit card and $50.00 in US Currency was missing. [Miller] stated that while she was out walking the dog she had left her purse on the counter in the kitchen of the offense location.

Oh. Well that’s certainly different, isn’t it? Not quite the “terrifying encounter” that she claimed.

Emily Miller has become one of the right’s media darlings, speaking out against gun control and telling her apparently fictitious sob story to right-wing media outlets like the Washington Times, all in the interest of spreading the lie that people need guns for self-defense because of scary drug addicted home invasion people! And yet, like a Bill O’Reilly war story, it’s all falling apart under closer scrutiny.

Even worse, when police tried to contact her three times about finding a suspect in the credit card theft, she couldn’t be bothered to return their calls. It appears they had to drop the case.

I’m trying to figure out why Miller would have done this and my guess — other then exploiting her made-up tragedy to become a “gun rights advocate” — was that she needed to show cause in order to obtain a D.C. gun carry permit.

Now that it appears this cause has evaporated, I wonder if her gun permit will be revoked, too? Lies and the lying liars … they just shouldn’t be armed.

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11 responses to “Emily Miller’s Pro-Gun Memoir Can Now Be Found In The Fiction Aisle

  1. Moira MacGaothin

    It seems that she has committed a crime by reporting a crime that did not exist. In DC, you can be charged with falsifying a police report. Wonder why she’s not in jail. Oh, right. She’s white.

    • Actually, I don’t think that’s the case. The issue is that the reports she made to the police at the time seem to be in conflict with the later much-exaggerated claims she made in her book, columns and public appearances. That’s the issue — not that what she said at the time was false, but what she said later. Because what she’s said later is being debunked by her initial police report.

      I’m shocked it took this long for anyone to check this stuff out.

  2. Mary L. Wilson

    Hey, we need a bunch of mothers and parents of children who have been wounded by “accidental gunfire” to protest all her public appearances…with signs…’Liar Liar, Pants on Fire”: or “Emily and Bill-O, both Liars”. YOU CAN BET she is being paid a bundle by the Kochs, gun makers, lobbyists for the NRA for all her creative lies…on the initial report as well as all her performances as well.

  3. Randy

    I love the “Oh, dear:” title of the link SB. Wildean Wit. Someone should do a sitcom based on the Quinn’s and their menaced dog walker. Jesus Christ.

  4. democommie

    There are at least 5 current or retired LEO’s within a two block radius of my house (4 of them are less than 200′ from my front door). There are some B&E’s in the city from time to time–usually at homes that are not secure. In the 7+ years that I’ve owned the house NOBODY has been carjacked, housejacked or attacked and NONE of the LEO’s I know advertise their gunz or gunzskillz. The retired State Trooper who lives down the street is a guy who would prolly be a bad idea for to rob his house. He was the range instructor for this district for years and he still keeps up his skills. He’s about as likely to use a gun as I am–although if he does, he prolly will hit his target.

    People in many other countries must think that this nation is like West World.

    • Some guy

      What a coincidence!

      In the 7+ years that I’ve owned MY house NOBODY in my neighbourhood has been carjacked, housejacked or attacked, either!

      Maybe it’s because I live in Canada, where we have sane gun laws?

      • I’m sure that’s true. I’d like to know exactly what Canadian gun laws are on the books. Are they established by province? Or are they federal? Are there limits on what kinds of guns, how many, etc?

      • Some guy

        Firearms here are under federal jurisdiction.

        To get a handgun, you need an FAC: Firearms Acquisition Certificate.
        There used to be a similar registration for long guns, but our Conservative geniuses found out that that made a great wedge issue and eliminated the long gun registry a couple of years ago.

        Yes, criminals can and do get illegal guns, mostly smuggling them in from the US, but our rates of gun violence are a small fraction of US figures.

        If I were in charge, I’d have sweeping restrictions like Australia somehow managed to bring in in the wakes of the Tasmanian massacre.

        But we have plenty of gun assholes here, though not nearly the US quotient, so that’s not likely to happen soon.

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  6. The right and the NRA will never let pesky ol’ facts get in the way of their narrative. Finding blatant falsehoods in the stories she told subsequent to her actual police reports should be grounds for publishers and publicity agents to wash their hands of the woman. But… as with anything that continues to sell, they’ll ride that golden goose as long as the public is buying the product.

    The fact that so very few handguns are employed for actual self-defense situations is irrelevant to ammosexuals. They buy their shiny toys with the ongoing daydream that one day, someday, with any luck at all, they’ll be able to stand their ground, defend the damsel in distress, save the day in a Dirty Harry-type moment of bravado… and until that happy fantasy comes true, they get the ego boost of seeing that look of apprehension in people’s eyes when their strapped-on pistol is noticed in public. Make no mistake, the vast majority of people who carry weapons in public WANT those weapons to be noticed, because it gives them a testosterone-sloshing chubby they can’t find anywhere else in their mundane lives. That’s what it’s about. Ego. And the NRA feeds their paranoia AND satisfies their need to feel powerful AND patriotic at the same time.

    • Finding blatant falsehoods in the stories she told subsequent to her actual police reports should be grounds for publishers and publicity agents to wash their hands of the woman.

      Yes, tell that to James Frey. I think he was sued and there was a judgment against the publisher.