Emily Miller is an investigative reporter for WTTG-TV 5, the Fox channel in Washington D.C., and an outspoken pro gun advocate for the NRA. It is her role as a gun advocate that has called her veracity into question.
It is difficult to get a permit to carry a gun in Washington and Miller’s story, which helped her to get one, seems to have some holes in it.
Although Miller has claimed in several interviews, in a Washington Times series titled “Emily Gets Her Gun,” and a later book, “Emily Gets Her Gun…But Obama Wants to Take Yours,” that she decided she needed a gun after being the victim of a home invasion robbery, The Washington Post found that the police report of the incident tells a different story:
“[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.”
To be considered a home invasion robbery the perpetrators must break into the house while it is occupied usually inflicting physical harm and instilling terror in the victims. If Miller’s report to the police is to be considered accurate, she was not even at the home where she was dogsitting when the burglary took place.
In her series in the Times, Miller further embellished her story telling of a frightening confrontation with the burglar’s “gang” of about 15 toughs:
“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.”
Strangely she neglected to tell this part of the story to the police who wrote in their supplemental report:
“[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.”
There definitely was a burglary in which Miller’s Visa card was stolen and used to make several fraudulent purchases at a Wal-Mart and a tattoo parlor in Warrenton, Virginia. After viewing security footage at both, businesses and police determined that the man had gotten a tattoo of a skull smoking a blunt with the word “stoned” beneath it.
One would think that the case would be easy to close at that point but suddenly, without explanation, Miller ceased to cooperate with the investigation. After three failed attempts to contact Miller and three voice mails that were not returned. the investigating officer requested permission to suspend the case. No definite conclusion could be obtained from police or the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Miller has made an “Emily Gets Her Gun” video for the NRA also, which shows a reenactment of the incident taking place in the dead of night although the actual event took place at 3:30 in the afternoon.