NRA News Appearance: Richmond Times-Dispatch Article on DC Gun Ban Repeal

I appeared on NRA News’ Cam and Company Show with my friend Cameron Edwards this past Monday. Here’s the link to the segment.

Virginia Shooting Sports Association’s blog wrote about my appearance below:

Over the weekend, Leadership Institute Northeast Regional Field Coordinator Gabby Hoffman had an Op/Ed in the Richmond Times Dispatch making the case for repealing the ban on carrying handguns in Washington D.C.  In the opinion piece, Hoffman wrote about how Virginia’s concealed handgun law has made the Commonwealth a safer place, and how crime has dropped at the same time gun sales have increased exponentially in the last six years:

If D.C. adopts gun laws similar to those of Virginia, the nation’s capital will witness a reduction in crime when law-abiding residents are permitted to conceal-carry.

Hoffman spoke with NRANewsCam Edwards on Monday and talked in more detail about how D.C.’s residents would benefit if the City Council adopted a carry ordinance similar to Virginia.

 

 

Celebrating Two Years at Leadership Institute

On this day two years ago, I started working for Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute as part of its Campus Leadership Program. I was truly blessed to find a job after college. (Hard work does pay off!) As a recent college graduate and wide-eyed 21-year-old, I was excited to work for this reputed institution to help it advance conservatism. Now at the age of 23, I’m fully prepared to challenge the Left thanks to the skills I’ve honed on at my job.

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Time surely does fly by fast! It feels like I started my post as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator yesterday. What exactly do I do? I assist college students in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. More specifically, I help conservative and libertarian college students start/expand student groups, help them expose liberal bias, and assist them in changing campus dialogue. I used to be in their shoes, so I know how it feels to be the sole outspoken conservative on campus. That’s why I’m proud to serve as a mentor and friend to the students I work with. I want them to succeed on campus. (We need to help our fellow Millennials succeed in and out of the classroom!)

Working in the Northeast these past two years has been a treat. Although I’m based in the Washington, D.C., area, I make frequent trips to the Northeast to assist countless college students. You might be thinking, “Holy cow! The Northeast is a lost cause because it’s so liberal!” Yes, this stigma is all too true. This region is extremely liberal and reliably blue–and yes, its colleges live up to our expectations of being  leftist hubs. However, not all students in this region are complacent. I handle most Ivy League universities while working with many big state schools and smaller liberal arts colleges. I work with conservative, libertarian, and single issue students to help them advance limited government, traditional values, free markets, gun rights, academic freedom, and feminine virtue as a consultant. (I basically act as a liaison between student groups and outside organizations.) I’m proud to be in touch with hundreds of students. (If you need assistance on your college campus, contact me here.)

Morton Blackwell is a great conservative activist who has contributed so positively to our movement.  I’m truly honored to work under his leadership. (Thank you, Morton!) And my job would be incomplete without the support and friendship of my coworkers, who are some of the best activists I know. To my colleagues in CLP and Devo: I enjoy the countless jokes about communism, culture, and liberalism–you’ve made me smile and laugh nearly to the point of tears! I’ve also enjoyed our intellectual and insightful discussions during lunch hour, which have become a household name in our office. You’ve inspired me to be a better activist with each day. I couldn’t ask for a better workplace!

These past two years at LI especially wouldn’t be complete without the support of family and friends. My parents and sister have been there for me since day one by always encouraging me to do my best. Also, the support of friends in similar conservative organizations and support of friends outside D.C. mean a lot to me. You’ve helped this California girl blend into D.C. with ease. I can’t thank you enough!

I look forward to the next year or so at Leadership Institute. There are so many students to help and colleges in the Northeast to impact. We’ve got an uphill battle ahead of us to reclaim this country, so we must remain vigilant and determined. Our college campuses can be reclaimed; don’t give up on them!

Thanks to everyone who has positively influenced me!

Best wishes,

Gabriella

 

RTD Column: DC Area Residents Should Applaud Ruling Overturning Handgun Ban

An article of mine appeared in Richmond Times-Dispatch yesterday. Below is an excerpt:

 

The “murder capital of the U.S.” may not be for much longer.

 

On July 26, a federal judge overturned a ban on carrying concealed handguns in the nation’s capital. Judge Frederick Scullin of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York issued the decision in Palmer v. D.C. that read, “the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.”

Two days after the ban was overturned, the same judge issued a 90-day stay on Palmer v. D.C. This gives authorities 90 days — until Oct. 22 — to rewrite the law to accommodate concealed carry or appeal the decision. It allows the city council time to clarify statutes as a result of the decision and set permit-issuing protocols for law-abiding citizens. Despite reluctance to embrace the ruling, local politicians expect the city’s strict gun laws to be eased.

Although some aspects of the ban would remain in effect — including the city’s 10-round magazine limit and ban on so-called “assault weapons” — D.C. area residents should applaud this landmark decision, despite the 90-day stay, in favor of Second Amendment rights.

 

Continue reading at Richmond-Times Dispatch.

Update: Mentioned in a Virginia Shooting Sports Association blog post.

Look Out for My Debut in Richmond-Times Dispatch on August 10th

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Hi everyone!

In case you missed my announcement last week, I’ll be published in Richmond-Times Dispatch for the first time this Sunday, August 10th, 2014. RTD is the second-highest circulated state publication in Virginia right after the The Virginian-Pilot. (Interestingly enough, the editorial board has a conservative-libertarian bent.) I couldn’t be more thrilled for the opportunity to have an article published in this outlet!

My article will be featured in the “Editorial, Commentary & Letters” page. It will focus on guns–specifically the recent Palmer v. DC ruling overturning the handgun ban in the nation’s capital.  I’ll post the link here on my blog when it’s published. (I hope to regularly submit content to RTD!)

You can find my articles at Counter Cultured, Townhall.com, and here on my personal blog.

Thanks for reading!

-Gabriella

D.C. Consultant Class Needs To Put A Muzzle On This Guy

The idiotic tweet of the day goes to Brian Walsh, whose Twitter bio reads: “Former House/Senate/Campaign Flack & all-around sports fan – Partner of Singer Bonjean Strategies – opinions are my own.”

He tweeted, “Giving millions of dollars to the Senate Conservatives Fund is like handing a loaded gun to a person with mental retardation. Let’s call it.”

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The same people calling for GOP “unity” are the same individuals disparaging conservative activists. (In case you haven’t noticed, there is a civil war in the GOP.) This is absolutely distasteful and insulting to those who suffer from mental illness. Additionally, using a poorly worded analogy involving someone not mentally equipped to handle guns in order to criticize a group is downright inappropriate.

In a September 2013 article in US News, Walsh bashed Senate Conservatives Fund and Heritage Action. Apparently, he worked at Heritage Foundation.

 

Brian Walsh has some explaining to do. Will the D.C. consultant class hold him accountable?

D.C. is the ‘Coolest’ City in the U.S.

Washington, D.C., is the coolest city in the U.S. according to Forbes.com.

Forbes relied on Sperling’s BestPlaces to measure and determine a city’s “cool” factor:

To compile our list of America’s Coolest Cities, Sperling’s helped us calculate entertainment options per capita in each metro area. This metric essentially measures ways you might spend a Saturday, quantifying the availability of professional and college sports events, zoos and aquariums, golf courses, ski areas, and National parks, among others. It also factors in art and cultural options, measuring the presence of theater and musical performances as well as local museums.

As a denizen of the D.C. metro area, I can definitely attest to this. Yes, this area attracts egomaniacs and bureaucrats–yet you can be above the corruption and lead a normal life here. There are so many cool things to do, places to see, and great food/entertainment options to enjoy.

Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t deny that this metro area is fascinating.

Winning: Concealed Carry Ban in D.C. Has Been Ruled Unconstitutional

Fellow residents of the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia metro area) have something to celebrate: a ban on concealed carry has been ruled unconstitutional in D.C.!  The plaintiffs’ lead attorney, Alan Gura, first reported this and provided  the opinion from the U.S. District Court of Appeals on Palmer v. D.C.:

In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.4 Furthermore, this injunction prohibits the District from completely banning the carrying of handguns in public for self-defense by otherwise qualified non-residents based solely on the fact that they are not residents of the District.

 Since I live near D.C., I’m absolutely thrilled to learn about this ruling. If you’ve ventured to certain parts of D.C.–namely Northeast or Southeast D.C.–you’ve read about, heard about, or witnessed violence in the nation’s capital. Many incidents in D.C. could have been prevented had this ban on concealed carry not been in effect. Many instances point to this.

For example, a D.C. resident named Dario Flammer was attacked by a group of guys near Logan Circle in June 2013. Following the incident, Flammer said he refused to become a victim again. NBC Washington reported:

Flammer says the attackers shouted homophobic slurs in Spanish.

Flammer plans to take steps to avoid becoming a victim again.

“I’m going to get a license and get a 9mm,” he said. “That’s the truth.”

Last September, Washington Navy Yard was subjected to a horrible shooting  when unhinged military contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 military personnel. A July 11th report on the Navy Yard shooting noted that a directive issued by President George H.W. Bush making military bases “gun-free zones” left those at Navy Yard defenseless:

“Police departments may hold the mistaken belief that the personnel working within gated military installations in the United States, such as the Navy Yard, are heavily armed and capable of defending against threats. The truth, however, is that the majority of the individuals working on military bases are not armed,” the report said.

Hope D.C. residents can enjoy the same luxury of gun rights as we do here in the Commonwealth:

I will have further commentary on this ruling later this week, so stay tuned!