Catch Counter Cultured at SHOT Show!

Hello readers and fellow SHOT Show attendees!

We’re two weeks away from SHOT Show in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Like many of you, I can’t contain my excitement about heading out West for this one-of-a-kind trade show. (It’ll be nice for this California girl to return to the Wild West!) Why is that? I’ll get to see the gun industry at work, network with like-minded Second Amendment supporters, and explore Las Vegas after eight years since my last visit. (Don’t worry–Sin City is quite easy to resist. I’m all about good food, stunning architecture, and beautiful skylines!) Most of all, this will be my very first SHOT Show experience.

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For those of you curious as to why I’m attending this conference, it’s to cover the show for Counter Cultured – the cultural conservative blog my sister and I run. (Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!) I’ll be blogging about the latest updates from National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which hosts the annual event, and plan to chat with some big whigs of the shooting sports/hunting industry. (How awesome is that?)

You can also follow all of my updates from SHOT Show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Hope to see many of you in two weeks!

Best,

Gabriella

Happy 2015!

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Welcome to 2015, everyone! Hope you had a great and restful holiday season.

In the spirit of making (and fulfilling) New Year’s Resolutions, I’ll continue to use this platform-my personal blog-on a more regular basis. Without getting too personal here -I’m proud to say I’ve successfully maintained some semblance of privacy in the digital age- I’ll blog about my travels, conservative things, fishing/guns/hunting, D.C. happenings, and culture.

What are my 2015 resolutions?

  • Travel more in the U.S. and aboard
  • Go on more fishing trips and take friends with me
  • Spend more time outdoors
  • Shoot more guns
  • (Finally) learn how to hunt
  • Cook/bake more
  • Read more books
  • Spend quality time with good friends
  • Get involved with the local American-Lithuanian community more
  • Do my part to better the conservative movement.

(Who knows – maybe I’ll be in for some wonderful surprises this year!)

Additionally, I hope to meet more of my fellow young conservatives this year! There are two upcoming opportunities to meet and chat: First, I’ll be speaking at Maryland Citizen Action Network’s Turning the Tides conference in Annapolis, MD on January 10, 2015. Second, I’ll be blogging LIVE at SHOTShow in Las Vegas, NV from January 19-22, 2015. Hope to connect with many of you at these two functions! For those of you attending college in the Northeast: I’d love to meet with you on campus and help you start conservative/libertarian groups! (Contact me here.)

As I enter my 24th year in life, I will continue to do my part to help make a difference locally (NoVA), statewide (VA), and nationally. You will find my musings here, at Counter Cultured, at A Taste of Patriarchy, at Townhall.com, and hopefully at Richmond Times-Dispatch again in 2015! Looking to make a difference this year? Take a Leadership Institute training in D.C. or in your town to get started!

Want to be connected more? Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. (Just don’t be a creeper.)

Happy New Year!

Best,

Gabriella

All-American Girl for the Restoration of Values

Counter Cultured Website Has Relaunched

Hello everyone!

As many of you know, I manage a culturally conservative blog with my sister called Counter Cultured. The website specifically caters to Millennials aged 18-29. We launched this endeavor in September 2012. And today, we’ve relaunched the website. Click here to check it out.

Additionally, we’ve extended the deadline for our “Do You Even #2A?” Video Project to January 9th, 2015. If you’re a Millennial who supports gun rights, definitely participate!

Expect more interviews, spicy topics, and hard-hitting commentary from us in 2015!

Best,

Gabriella

Happy 5th Birthday to My Blog!

Hello readers!

On December 24, 2009, I decided to launch a personal blog where I could share my political musings with friends and fellow activists. Little did I know that it would help launch me as a conservative activist and blogger. Thank you to everyone who has read or shared my blog pieces over the last five years. I look forward to writing more about politics, guns, fishing, and other interesting topics! Here’s to many more years of blogging.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Gabriella
All-American Girl for the Restoration of Values

Odd…I Got Quoted in FishbowlDC

Just saw this…apparently I was quoted in FishbowlDC on October 1st?

Here’s what they wrote:

Words to live by…

“Know what keeps me sane living in the DC area? Boasting an outsider mindset in the Beltway. Resist urge for power and remember your roots.” — conservative blogger Gabriella Hoffman. Just moments before this whopper of wisdom, she wrote, “My page is 8 likes away from 1,100. Connect with me on FB if you haven’t already.”

 

It’s quite odd that they pay attention to minute details. Still, I find it neat that my tweets and quotes about conservative politics  continue to land in publications.

Don’t be afraid to speak out.

 

Blogging Update: Times of Israel and PolicyMic

Since the school year is dying down, I have found more time to blog on a semi-regular basis. Given my usually busy travel schedule and work with college students, I cannot write a weekly column. Nevertheless, I continue to write for Counter Cultured, ViralRead.com, and Townhall.com.

This week, I added two blogs to the roster: Times of Israel and PolicyMic. The former is an Israeli blog that caters to American readers and focuses on issues related to Israel, politics, and Judaism. I’ll write about Israel-U.S. relations, anti-Semitism at American universities, and conservatism and Jews there. The later is a website that caters to millennials. I’ll focus on politics with respect to youth issues, feminism, and conservatism.

 

Ending January Right With Babies, Guns, and Photo Bombs

January is coming to a close, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on some recent happenings.

This past week was certainly eventful. Unfortunately, President Obama was coronated…er, inaugurated again for a second term. He called for communitarianism (basically, more class warfare policies) and made the same rallying cry for more “hope and change.” He still isn’t taking responsibility for adding over $6 trillion dollars in debt in his first term, and he’s overstepping his constitutional duties with respect to guns, immigration, and recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (which SCOTUS just ruled unconstitutional), to name a few. There are too many absurd policies and things to list, but you should grasp how disastrous this administration’s policies are and will continue to be these next four years. Oy vey!

On a more positive note, conservatives had something to celebrate this week. Although January 22, 2013, marked 40 years since that tragic and unfortunate  Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion, over 500,000 Americans-mostly young people-descended to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Friday  to champion life.

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I went down to the National Mall with my co-workers to recruit students to our Campus Leadership Program. This being my first March for Life event, I couldn’t help but feel overjoyed by the sight of hundreds of thousands of fellow  pro-lifers from all walks of life coming together for this important occasion.

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Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss and for being a philanthropist to my alma mater UCSD, had this to say about  life: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” May we continue to change the culture of death into one that champions life. L’chaim!

Yesterday I exercised my Second Amendment rights with my two good friends Celia Bigelow (think “gun girl” who appeared on the Piers Morgan Show recently) and Ron Meyer at Blue Arsenal Range in Chantilly, VA. The place was packed with many people rightfully scared by this administration’s plans to undermine Second Amendment rights. Americans still regard the right-to-bear arms as an unalienable right, and we’re not going to allow them to undermine it.

It’s undeniable that girls want to have guns. This is me shooting a CZ 75 9mm pistol – a semi-automatic handgun. And yes, shooting is fun – try it!

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Several of my friends and I ventured to Woodley Park in Washington, D.C., to meet up with some friends in town for the National Review Institute and soon enough, a party was underway at the hotel bar. It was great running into people and seeing good friends like Orit Sklar and Courtney Mattison there. (It was also nice finally meeting  Matthew Vadum, John La Rosa, and Brad Marston.)

One of the highlights from last night? #UnsustainableBarTab and schmoozing. Gotta love being a part of the conservative blogger community.

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Mark Steyn came sat down at our table, so we felt inclined to approach him about taking a picture with us. He obliged and offered this epic pose. Pretty awesome, right?

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…And then a group of us photo-bombed Jonah Goldberg.

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A drunk Dutchman who works for a conservative nonprofit (who shall remain nameless) crushed my Lithuanian amber ring, which kind of sucked. Amber is priceless and he just dismissed it as, “Oh, well, I have a forceful handshake.”

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When I asked him about Lithuania in relation to European politics, he scoffed and said, “Is Lithuania a country?” I answered, “It regained its independence in 1991.” Unlike Palestine, which has yet to be discovered, Lithuania is not a mythical place. I must confess, it was fun outsmarting a European scholar. But I digress…

This great night wouldn’t have been possible without the legendary Robert Stacy McCain (American Spectator/The Other McCain). Thank you for always looking out for us young conservatives and showing us a good time. Thanks, Stacy!

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And most of all, this weekend was made possible because good friends like Matt Vespa and Liz Thatcher. (Huntington gang for life!)

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This week, I’ll be meeting with students up in the frigid Northeast. You’re welcome to follow my musings on Twitter @Gabby_Hoffman. Expect more articles and blog posts in the coming days and weeks.

May you have a wonderful rest of January!