Inside the Beltway: Emily’s covered

In just more than six weeks, Emily Miller’s powerfully personal book “Emily Gets Her Gun — But Obama Wants to Take Yours” will be published. Her story? The Washington Times senior opinion editor was taken aback at her own challenges while trying to legally purchase a gun in the nation’s capital — and found her experiences revealed what could happen on a national level if President Obama gets the gun control policy of his dreams. While she explored the complexities of policy, Second Amendment rights and the threat of Capitol Hill “gun grabbers,” Emily also discovered the very real, distinctly American experience of gun ownership.

The book followed, and it is due in stores Sept. 2. For now, though, the cover of Emily’s book has been revealed by Regnery Publishing, chosen with the kind help of many Times readers and other fans who voted for the image from eight other choices through an online poll.

“It means a great deal to me that people took the time to vote, and to share their own pictures and stories about gun ownership. While my book reveals a lot about policy, it also provides an accurate portrait of American gun owners and their families, and the long history they bring with them,” Emily says.

“‘Emily Gets Her Gun’ is a stunning indictment of the rampant bias against guns in government and culture. But it’s not just about gun owners’ feelings,” observes Marjory Ross, president and publisher of Regnery Publishing

“As soon as the Second Amendment is gutted by anti-gun extremists, every other fundamental right is a potential next target. Emily Miller knows better than anyone that if you care about freedom, you need to care about guns,” she says.

THE VERDICT VIEWERS

Some 11 million people watched as the final verdict in theGeorge Zimmerman trial was revealed on Saturday night at 10 p.m., this according to a final ratings tally of cable news channels from Nielsen released Tuesday. Fox News Channel drew the biggest audience at the moment of truth, with 3.7 million viewers — edging out CNN by 275,000 viewers. HLN pulled in 2.2 million viewers while MSNBC garnered 1.3 million viewers.

“The deliveries marked a radical improvement over the sort of ratings the news nets pull on a typical Saturday night,” says Ad Week broadcast analyst Anthony Crupi.

Not everyone was happy with the saturation coverage of the Zimmerman trial and its aftermath, however.

“You can’t turn on any news program now without 90 percent of it taken up by this, by the Zimmerman case,” Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland Republican, told Washington talk radio station WMAL-AM.

“With all the huge issues going on in the world, with unrest in the Middle East, we’re hung up on this one case where this one fellow was in fact found not guilty by a jury. That’s the way the American law system works. Get over it,” the lawmaker said.

“If we put as much time into restoring our Constitution as we did into the Zimmerman trial, American would be a better place for all of us,” notes Emory McClendon, a tea party activist an adviser to Project 21, a grass-roots network for black conservatives.

THE BEAR NEVER SLEEPS

Seems like old times. Russia President Vladimir Putin got out his binoculars Tuesday to witness his nation’s biggest military maneuvers since Soviet times, and some observers say, in modern history. On the march across Siberia: 160,000 troops accompanied by 5,000 tanks. And in the Pacific, there are several dozen ships at sea, and 130 combat aircraft overhead. The maneuvers will continues until Saturday.

Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has reassured foreign military attaches that the display was “not a flexing of muscles” but simply regular combat training.

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