New Townhall Column: Concealed Carry Can Reduce Sexual Assault on Campus

I’ve penned a new column up at Townhall.com today titled, “Concealed Carry Can Reduce Sexual Assault at Universities.” Below is an excerpt:

In a time where sexual assault is on the rise at American universities, it’s important to curb this trend by effective means.

How can universities best address and eradicate the threat of sexual assault on campus? Allow concealed carry on campus.

Seven states–WyomingMontanaFloridaTexasIndianaNorth Dakota, and now South Dakota–are considering legislation to permit concealed carry at universities. As more Americans channel support for gun rights over gun control, legislation to repeal gun-free zones and permit concealed carry should be deliberated in more states.

Universities are gun-free zones, which make them prime targets for criminals. Evidence shows that gun-free zones don’t deter crime; they enable them. No sign will stop a criminal; a good guy/girl with a gun will.

When young women and men are allowed to practice concealed carry on campus, they-not administrators or bureaucrats–are in control of their own lives.

Continue reading at Townhall.com. 

Update:

My article was cross-posted at Free Republic and Students for Concealed Carry.

Update II:

Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America tweeted out my article, which was linked to Bullets First.

New Counter Cultured: Take Your Valentine Fishing

I’ve penned a new blog post up at Counter Cultured today called, “Take Your Valentine Fishing This Year.” Below is an excerpt:

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Though love can be celebrated any day of the year, why not make this February 14th especially memorable?

As many couples scramble to plan innovative dates, they shouldn’t feel obligated to watch films like Fifty Shades of Grey. A film that promotes sadism, narcissism, and sexism doesn’t bring couples together. Other activities do.

On that token, I recommend all those celebrating Valentine’s Day go fishing if weather permitted.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Enjoy Fancy Friday at Flying Fish Restaurant in Old Town

Gabriella Hoffman:

Check out my review of Flying Fish Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria!

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Several weeks ago, Anna Maria and I dined at Flying Fish in Old Town Alexandria with a couple of our friends.

Flying Fish is known for its superb selection of sushi and signature cocktails. Our home state of California had lots of sushi places to offer, so most places here in D.C. pale in comparison to the Golden State. However, Flying Fish didn’t disappoint!

The Asian Fusion menu is extensive, so customers have a lot of selections to choose from.

I had the King Street Roll (Maki roll) and Smoke Salmon Roll (Nigiri roll).

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I also coupled my meal with one of their delicious cocktails, pictured below.

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In addition to great food – albeit some high prices – Flying Fish is also known as a great karaoke spot. Below the restaurant is The Speakeasy Room, where you can belt out tunes and party like it’s the 1920s. It’s certainly got…

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Want To Feed Your Soul? Go to Church or the Outdoors, Not Government

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) recently said,”People come to government to feed their souls.”

CNSNews has more about it:

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D–Md.) says, “so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their souls.”Cummings was speaking in Washington D.C. at the Legislative Conference of the National Treasury Employees Union on February 4th when he made the comments.

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“People do not seem to understand that so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money that they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their souls,” Cummings told the audience.

Really? Last I checked, people go to church or go to the outdoors to feed their soul. Going to church or synagogue is an uplifting experience. Seeking a power higher than yourself feeds the soul to insurmountable heights. Additionally, going to the outdoors puts one’s mind at ease. Henry David Thoreau said it best, “Go fish and hunt far and wide day by day – farther and wider – and rest thee by many brooks and hearth-sides without misgiving. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures. Let the noon find thee by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home. There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.”

This constant push for paternalistic government with nanny state inklings is incredibly bothersome. Cradle-to-grave dependency on government deprives one of their autonomy, for one’s soul belongs to the state.

Want to feed your soul? Be independent of the government.

Ukraine is Defenseless Against Russian Attack Due to ’05 $48 Million Grant Senator Obama Secured To Destroy Its Guns, Ammunition

With much hype surrounding whether or not the U.S. should aid Ukraine against Russian attack this week, it’s imperative to note a fact going unnoticed by the media.

As Russia continues to reassert itself in the Eastern Bloc with its Neo-Soviet territorial ambitions, one cannot help but shudder at the fact that Ukraine will be defenseless with or without aid from the U.S. (As much as I want Ukraine to defend itself, I don’t think it’s smart to give them aid at this time.) In fact, they shouldn’t trust this administration with providing them aid given one of Obama’s actions as senator that’s continually thrown under the rug. In August 2005, he and former U.S. senator Dick Lugar visited Ukraine and traveled to Donetsk, which is the hotly contested region Russia is so eager to seize from Ukraine. Then-Senator Barack Obama secured $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy tons of thousands of guns and ammunition, which has now rendered Ukraine essentially defenseless against any future attack from Russia.

Here’s more from Daily Mail:

As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition – weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea.

In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar, touring a conventional weapons site.

The two met in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, making the case that an existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program covering the destruction of nuclear weapons should be expanded to include artillery, small arms, anti-aircraft weapons, and conventional ammunition of all kinds.

After a stopover in London, the senators returned to Washington and declared that the U.S. should devote funds to speed up the destruction of more than 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition.

How ludicrous is that? As David Limbaugh said and famously wrote, Obama is- without a doubt-the great destroyer. Meddling with other countries and essentially making them weaker? He’s truly a great destroyer domestically and abroad.

University of California Further Embarrasses Itself By Divesting From America

It was recently brought to my attention that my alma mater, the University of California (UC) system, voted to divest from America.

The University of California Student Association Board (UCSAB), which represents over 233K students in the respective university system, approved the “Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California.” It calls on leaders of UC to financially divest from the United States, citing our nation as an “evil” and “racist” country. The UCSAB voted in favor of this resolution by 11-1-3. The same board also voted to divest from Israel. (Not surprised.)

The University of California comprises 10 campuses and is considered the top public university system in the country. I’m proud to have graduated from the University of California at San Diego. Apart from some political correctness and a few questionable professors, I had a decent college experience and thoroughly enjoyed my time in La Jolla. I, like so many other California residents (though I call Virginia home now), chose to go to a UC school because of its prestige and name recognition. The political science department I graduated from is said to have the third highest return on investment (ROI). Sounds great on paper, right? In reality, UC’s good name is being tarnished by those who have tainted higher education with their leftist agenda. UC is no exception; it’s sadly leading the charge.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement – which targets Israel and equally castigates Jews – has plagued UC since before my freshman year at UCSD. (I entered college in September 2009 and graduated in June 2012.) BDS wants to impose sanctions on companies that deal with Israel; now its advocates want to push the same ludicrous campaign against U.S. companies. Below are some of my writings on BDS at UC, specifically at UC-San Diego.

I hope UC administrators, bureaucrats, and students relinquish their pensions, tenure, financial aid/scholarships, respectively, if our magnificent country is too barbaric and hateful for them. Why bite the hand that feeds you? To the students comprising UCSAB: if America is so evil and oppressive, why are you attending the University of California and receiving taxpayer-funded education? Why not be consistent and reject all American resources provided to you? Oh right, milking the system is perfectly acceptable in your view.

These hypocrites need to be excoriated, so I feel obligated as an alumna of the University of California to call them out.

As a 2012 graduate of UCSD, I feel incredibly embarrassed for my alma mater and its nine sister campuses comprising the University of California. The buffoonery that continues to emanate from UC undermines the institution and makes it less credible. Historically speaking, UC is one of the top institutions of higher learning in existence. Now it takes the cake for being a great perpetrator of stupidity and hypocrisy. Truly sad…

To my fellow UC graduates: I implore you to withhold any donations to our respective alumni associations. Until UC returns to its mission statement of being a light on truth (fiat lux), your donations will be directed to causes that undermine this country.

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Counter Cultured Joins Others to Protest ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie

My sister and I joined other organizations in formally boycotting the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie set to be released this week. Here’s our statement on the film:

“‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ gives Millennials a poor representation of what true love is all about, as it promotes abuse, narcissism, and misogyny,” said Counter Cultured co-founders Gabriella Hoffman and Anna-Maria Hoffman. “Our generation needs to tell Millennials the truth about this film and show them better alternatives to it through the power of social media and grassroots activism.”

Read the full press release here.