Terry Watch: Gun Control Legislation Fails to Advance in Virginia House of Delegates

We’re barely into a month of McAuliffe’s reign and he’s already launched a full-on assault on gun rights.

However, there is some good news coming from Richmond today: Gun control failed to pass in the House of Delegates.

It’s no surprise that our new, beloved “bipartisan” governor is a fan of undermining the Second Amendment.

Breitbart News reported in September about now-Governor McAuliffe’s push for Colorado-style gun control during 2013 election:

In the section titled “Investing in Virginia’s Urban Centers,” TerryMcAuliffe.com now contains the heading, “Support Common Sense Gun Control Measures.”

Under that heading, it says McAuliffe “will support mainstream and majority supported gun control measures like universal background checks, limiting the size of magazines, and a return to the 1-gun-per-month rule.”

The limitation on magazine capacity is a Colorado-like gun control measure that will put law-abiding Virginians at a disadvantage the moment it is enacted. This is because criminals will not obey it but will keep their “high-capacity” magazines so they can outgun their victims.

I won’t stand to see this great Commonwealth succumb to the same fate my home state California did. We Virginians must hold the fort and keep a close eye on this guy.

Let Terry Watch commence…

GOOD NEWS: Anti-Gun, Wife-Beating Congressman Jim Moran Retiring From VA-8

According to a Politico report, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) representing Virginia’s 8th district is about to announce his retirement:

Moran, a longtime former Alexandria, Va., city official, is expected to make the announcement Wednesday morning, according to party sources.

As a resident and taxpayer in Alexandria, Virginia, I couldn’t be more thrilled by the news.
Moran occupied the seat for 23 years and is the former Alexandria mayor. He’s a notorious anti-gunner, wife-beater, and anti-Semite.
At a anti-gun townhall last year, my friend Celia Bigelow and I (with me filming) confronted Jim Moran about his support for gun control and denying women the choice to keep and bear arms. The video made national news. Watch below:
This could be an opportunity for a Republican to take the seat, although the district is heavily left-leaning and the state is now run by Terry McAuliffe. Alas, it’ll be fun to watch Democrats eat each other alive during the primary.
Hello 2014 election cycle!

My Sister Calls Out Family Research Council Shooter Who Targeted Her, Co-Workers

Logo of the Family Research Council.

Logo of the Family Research Council. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins – who threatened to “smear their [FRC employees] faces with Chick-fil-A sandwiches” and attempted to carry out a mass-murder spree last August- plead guilty to three charges this week, namely committing an act of terrorism. He faces up to 70 years in prison.

You might be asking yourselves, “Why is this conservative chick is so worked up about this Floyd guy?” Well, I take great issue with this individual and would display the same anger on anyone who wishes ill on conservatives or innocent Americans.

On August 15, 2012, Corkins targeted my sister Anna Maria Hoffman (then a Family Research Council intern) and her co-workers at the Family Research Council’s Washington, D.C., office. He shot building manager Leo Johnson and then was immediately apprehended. (Being Washington, D.C., it is one of the worst cities in terms of crime and gun control policies.) Thankfully law enforcement came to the scene and took this incident seriously.

I remember that fateful day like it was yesterday. I was into my third day as the new Northeast Regional Field Coordinator at the Leadership Institute. I was in a meeting with our company president before I heard the news. After the meeting ended, my co-workers informed me that there had been a shooting at the Family Research Council. I was in disbelief. My sister was there finishing her final week as an intern, and my heart began to race and pound deep in my chest. I immediately thought the worst- my sister had been shot or killed. I withheld tears as best as I could. Thankfully, I discovered on my phone that my sister was all right and safe. She assured me that all was well and that her building was on lock down. I could sense that she was scared and frightened, yet calm and collected. My dad, who flew in that morning to visit us, came at the right time and provided that much-needed comfort then. When I saw my sister after work, I could sense she was distraught. When a guy attempts to commit mass murder at your office, how else should you react? It’s scary and terrifying. My dear little sister had every right to feel this way. I was afraid I had lost my best friend, my flesh and blood. Luckily, she and her co-workers were spared the worst. Without a doubt, Anna Maria and I were thankful to be consoled by our dad that day.

Fast-forward to February 8, 2013 – nearly six months after the shooting. How has the media responded? Except for conservative media outlets, the Left has completely shoved this story under the rug. Given this, my sister offered her take about being one of many people targeted that day in an entry at her blog Counter Cultured today:

I was one of those people who could have been his victim. I was on the 6th floor of the FRC building working on my pro-life internship assignments. I could have lost my life. My dear friend Rosa and everyone else in the building, including my boss Jeanne Monahan, now president of March for Life, could have lost their lives.

That fateful day has only reminded me of how precious life truly is and how important it is to live every day as if it is your last. I thank God every day that our building manager, Leo Johnson, prevented Corkins from carrying out his intended act of violence. Leo’s courage and strength helped prevent what could have been a heartbreaking tragedy. Leo is a real hero that I will continue to thank for the rest of my life.

It saddens me and brings tears to my eyes that a person like Corkins would resort to violence out of political disagreement, especially on the topic of gay marriage. It breaks my heart that Southern Poverty Law Center facilitated his intent to commit such a horrific act of violence by labeling FRC as a “hate group.”

In case you weren’t aware, she and I support traditional marriage. (That makes us fascists and Nazis, right? Wrong.) Anna Maria and I were raised with a set of principles and traditional values. No one has to agree with our views, but we ask that you respect our right to express them in a civil way. We have no hatred towards anyone (with the exception of  communists and anti-Semites, mind you).  We only wish our opponents well and hope they can respect different opinions.

Many conservatives also share this worldview. We don’t resort to violent means to achieve our goals, although the mainstream media will tell you otherwise. We’re free to disagree on the marriage issue and all other issues. That’s what living in a free society is all about. We’ll defend your right to express your views, and we hope you’re respectful enough to defend our right to express ours. Fair deal?

I don’t care whether you support gay marriage or not – if you stand for civil discourse, I hope you – especially gay rights’ activists on the Left – condemn people like Floyd Corkins. If you think targeting conservatives with violence and premeditated murder is conducive to healthy debate in America, then you need to reevaluate your tactics and think twice about lending support to dangerous people.

American leftists are eager to shut us up. The least our fellow Americans can do is behave human.

Thank you everyone-namely friends, family, co-workers, and fellow activists-for your prayers and for extending your support to my sister and Family Research Council following the August 15, 2012, incident.  May we console one another and work together to advance our cause without living in fear.

G-d bless.

“Rejoice not against me, O my enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.” מיכה Micah 7:8

-Gabriella

ICYMI: NRA News Appearance About Young Women Who Shoot – February 4, 2013

Yesterday, I was a guest on NRA News’ Cam and Company Show. I discussed my Counter Cultured article “Dear Fellow Females: Firearms, Not Rape Whistles, Best Deter Criminals.

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Go to February 4 and click “Gabriella Hoffman”: http://www.nranews.com/#/nranews/guide/ipg

My original article was also linked on Legal Insurrection.

Smells Like Tyranny: Obama’s Directive Targets Second Amendment With 23 Executive Orders

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably heard President Obama unveil a detailed plan-23 executive orders, mind you- yesterday detailing how his administration will “properly address gun violence” in response to the Sandy Hook massacre.

It’s no secret that this administration and many on the Left disparage law-biding gun owners. This president claims to respect the Second Amendment and our Constitution, but his actions and abuses of power as President of the United States point to the opposite.

The question beckons: Why must the few yet tragic criminal acts of violence define how guns should be viewed in our society? What about all the unreported stories of women and men using guns to defend themselves and their families against attack from burglars and other criminals? Why can’t this administration shed light on these positive stories rather than vilify the Second Amendment? Simple: they don’t care about the Second Amendment or what we think.

Below is an outline of the 23 executive orders you must make yourselves aware of:

The following is a list, provided by the White House, of executive actions President Obama plans to take to address gun violence.

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

(Source: Fox News Politics)

No universal background check, no ban on high-capacity magazines, and certainly no ban on “assault” weapons will deter criminals from committing gun crimes. It comes from education and parenting.

Renowned conservative thinker Walter Williams expounded on this subject in this column titled, “Erosion of Traditional Values, Not Guns, to Blame for Senseless Violence” on January 15, 2013:

Today’s level of civility can’t match yesteryear’s. Many of today’s youngsters begin the school day passing through metal detectors. Guards patrol school hallways, and police cars patrol outside. Despite these measures, assaults, knifings and shootings occur. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010 there were 828,000 nonfatal criminal incidents in schools. There were 470,000 thefts and 359,000 violent attacks, of which 91,400 were serious. In the same year, 145,100 public-school teachers were physically attacked, and 276,700 were threatened.

What explains today’s behavior versus yesteryear’s? For well over a half-century, the nation’s liberals and progressives — along with the education establishment, pseudo-intellectuals and the courts — have waged war on traditions, customs and moral values. These people taught their vision, that there are no moral absolutes, to our young people. To them, what’s moral or immoral is a matter of convenience, personal opinion or a consensus.

During the ’50s and ’60s, the education establishment launched its agenda to undermine lessons children learned from their parents and the church with fads such as “values clarification.” So-called sex education classes are simply indoctrination that sought to undermine family and church strictures against premarital sex. Lessons of abstinence were ridiculed and considered passé and replaced with lessons about condoms, birth control pills and abortions. Further undermining of parental authority came with legal and extralegal measures to assist teenage abortions with neither parental knowledge nor consent.

Customs, traditions, moral values and rules of etiquette, not laws and government regulations, are what make for a civilized society. These behavioral norms — transmitted by example, word of mouth and religious teachings — represent a body of wisdom distilled through ages of experience, trial and error, and looking at what works. The importance of customs, traditions and moral values as a means of regulating behavior is that people behave themselves even if nobody’s watching. Police and laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct so as to produce a civilized society. At best, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. The more uncivilized we become the more laws that are needed to regulate behavior.

Parents, not the government, should teach their kids right from wrong with respect to handling guns. It is also parents, not the government, that should reinforce values and raise their children to be productive members of society. Teaching children about proper gun use will not be a detriment to a child’s upbringing; it’ll prove to be a benefit.
The Second Amendment is not simply about hunting, fishing, or shooting. It’s there as a reminder to protect ourselves against any threat of tyranny. It reads, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Learn more about “assault” weapons at The Truth About Assault Weapons.
Voice your opposition to Obama’s gun control agenda and hold your elected officials accountable. Take control of gun control!

Misfit Politics Releases Song About DOJ and Fast ‘N Furious

Listen to the latest song from the gentlemen of Misfit Politics.

This brilliantly exposes what’s wrong with gun control and the Obama Administration’s misconduct with F&F.

CA Law Could Outlaw Open Carry, Infringe on 2nd Amendment Rights

Here in California, state lawmakers intend to place more restrictions on gun usage.

The Blaze reports:

For 99.9% of Californians, you can’t carry your handgun concealed, you can’t open carry it loaded, but you can open carry it unloaded. That is unless a growing effort in the state legislature succeeds to make the 2nd Amendment null and void in the Golden State.

Watch a video from Reason Magazine featuring San Diego gun advocate Sam Wolanyk explaining why a new law will infringe on our right to bear arms in the Golden State:

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