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.

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.

New Counter Cultured Article: Nanny Statists Gives Values A Bad Name

Last Friday, my sister Anna Maria and I published an article up at Counter Cultured titled, “Nanny Statists Give Cultural Conservatives A Bad Name.” Below is an excerpt:

Big government sadly pervades our country today.

Whether it’s the marriage of big business and government or the union of nanny statism and Cultural Marxism (political correctness), big government policies adversely affect people on the cultural and economic fronts. Though we are inclined to criticize and condemn the Left’s embrace of intrusive government, it’s imperative to criticize this when it plagues our side, as well.

As cultural conservatives who also believe in free enterprise, we cannot confidently stand by certain political leaders on the Right who want to remedy society through paternalistic means.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Grateful to Have Attended My First SHOT Show

I recently had the pleasure of attending my first SHOT Show convention in fabulous Las Vegas. As a relative newbie to the gun industry, I took away so much information from the event, met various people in the industry, and made some new friends along the way.

(I especially want to thank Michelle Scheurmann of Sportsman Channel for encouraging me to attend the conference. I can’t thank her enough!)

Below are some of my pictures from SHOT Show:

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Top Shot’s Chris Cheng and I!

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Here I am testing out the MMC Armory PDW 7 rifle.

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Was honored to be covering SHOT Show as a member of the press!

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Caught up with and interviewed Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich

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Hung out with some fellow Virginians, Ed Levine and Brian Griffiths of Virginia Citizens Defense League

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Modeling this cool gun coin at SHOT Show

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Was fun catching up with my pal Cam Edwards of NRA News

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Was also fun to run into Dana Loesch and her husband Chris at SHOT Show

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And topped off my trip to SHOT Show/ Vegas with a trip on the High Roller Wheel. It seriously has the best view of Vegas!

 

Here are some of the Counter Cultured articles I wrote for SHOT Show:

1) Counter Cultured Chats with Chris Cheng at SHOT Show

2) Katie Pavlich Talks ‘Safe Haven’, Youth Outreach at SHOT Show

3) More Women Are Flocking to the Gun Industry

4) New Documentary Exposes Dangers of Gun-Free Zones

5) The Coolest Guns from SHOT Show

Some of my tweets and photos from SHOT Show were featured in this Twitchy article. (How cool is that?!)

To learn more about SHOT Show, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and familiarize yourself with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

Hope to see you next year, Las Vegas!

 

New Counter Cultured Article: Coolest Guns at SHOT Show 2015

I’ve penned a new post up at Counter Cultured today called “The Coolest Guns from SHOT Show 2015.”

Below is an excerpt:

While at SHOT Show last week, I checked out some of the latest rifle, handgun, and pistol models from various gun manufacturers.  As a relative newbie in the gun industry, SHOT Show gave me a glimpse into this unfairly vilified yet wonderful community.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) SHOT Show attracted roughly 64,000 people and is the largest outdoor shooting sports convention in existence. Since the conference is not open to the general public, I was lucky to preview new guns. (This made many of my guy friends super jealous – ha!) Though absorbing these surroundings proved to be daunting at times, in the best sense possible, I can accurately divulge information on the beauty of firearms now.

Here are some of my findings from SHOT Show. Enjoy!

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

New Counter Cultured Article: Support School Choice Over #FreeEducation

I have a new article up at Counter Cultured today called “Support School Choice, Not ‘Free’ Education” about school choice. Below is an excerpt:

Education is in dire need of serious reform and overhaul.

As our government continues to grow in its size and scope, our quality of education subsequently plummets. Big government initiatives such as Common Core, “Free Community College“, and student loan forgiveness - among many things – have plunged the U.S. further into obsolescence as a leader in education. More importantly, the propaganda that passes for learning material today promotes obedience to government and hatred for our country’s founding principles.

Some have argued that more government interference in education policy will make it more affordable, accessible, and even “free.” Quite the contrary. More government involvement in our lives always leads to more problems.

If we desire to reform education, it’s imperative to support reforms such as school choice over gimmicks like “free community college.”

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Exciting News: I’ll Be an Op-Ed Columnist for Guns.com

Hello readers!

I’m happy to announce another writing opportunity I’ve been given. In addition to writing here, for Counter Cultured, for A Taste of Patriarchy, and for Townhall.com, you can soon find my work at Guns.com.

Guns.com is the premiere news site for all things shooting sports. Their content covers topics such as  self-defense, competitive shooting, ballistics, hunting, hand loading, and gun rights. I’ve read their website for several years now, and am excited to add my voice to their website! I’ll be writing two articles for them every month.

Stay tuned for my first post early next week!

Follow them on Twitter and LIKE them on Facebook!

-Gabriella