The senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times believes gun-free zones are dangerous for America’s future.
Emily Miller, best known for her series of columns “Emily gets her gun,” was brought to campus by the Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club to address the controversial issues surrounding gun laws. She spoke Thursday to an audience of about 50 in the auditorium of the Medical Biomolecular Research Building.
Miller said it’s important for people to know the implications of public safety laws.
“Since the Newtown tragedy, gun control laws have been sweeping the country, and most of it is being written rashly and based on emotions,” she said.
UNC Student Congress allocated $1,500 to sponsor the event.
While Miller believes in some reform, including the addition of mental health records as a component of eligibility to own a gun, she dismissed the argument that banning assault weapons is a solution.
“These guns are not on the streets,” she said. “Criminals use concealed guns — they’re not going to use a big rifle or machine gun on the street corner.”
She said that anti-gun advocates use words like “assault rifle” as a scare tactic rather than an accurate description. “They say ‘assault weapons ban’ because they can’t get a majority saying, ‘ban guns that look scary.’”
Grant Anastas-King, president of the Rifle and Pistol Club, said they brought her to campus because of her expertise on gun control laws.