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!

New Counter Cultured Column: UCSB Killer Elliot Rodger is to Blame for Massacre

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured. Below is an excerpt:

I want to start this article by first extending my thoughts and prayers to the victims of the Isla Vista massacre. I spent summer 2010 in downtown Santa Barbara and will always cherish the time I spent living there. No town should be subjected to this kind of horror. Please join me in offering your condolences to those in the UC-Santa Barbara area.

Following the massacre, unsurprisingly, many leftists have made calls to ban guns and to dismantle gun groups. Additionally, radical feminists gave birth to the viral yet misleading #YesAllWomen hashtag to blame the massacre on men.

22-year-old Elliot Rodger, a Santa Barbara City College student and son of Hollywood director Peter Rodger, went on a killing spree May 23 with knives and guns that left six coeds dead and countless others injured. He ultimately died following a confrontation with Santa Barbara police.

Elliot Rodger was a deeply disturbed guy. From his bizarre YouTube videos to his 140-page manifesto, Rodger appeared to be self-absorbed, antagonistic towards others, and troubled from early on.

I’ll be appearing on NRANews’ Cam and Company Show today at 2:40pm ET to discuss the article!

New Counter Cultured Article: Stand Your Ground Against Gun Grabbers

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured discussing new gun control efforts by the newly formed “Everytown for Gun Safety” organization being propped up by nanny statist Michael Bloomberg.

Here’s an excerpt:

Gun grabbers masquerading as crusaders for “sensible gun safety” are relentless in their efforts to undermine the Second Amendment. Since the gun control movement is losing stream, they are seeking ways to remain relevant.

Recently, former New York City mayor and notorious nanny statist Michael Bloomberg pledged $50 million to defeat the National Rifle Association (NRA) this November under a new organization called “Everytown for Gun Safety.” In an April 15th interview with the New York Times, Bloomberg said he has a place in heaven for his efforts to disarm Americans:

“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Gun control groups such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America have been consolidated under the umbrella organization. Interestingly enough, over 50 mayors have defected from Mayors Against Illegal Guns and one of its members was jailed for gun-related crimes in January.Moreover, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense is nothing more than a group vested in promoting defenseless victims. The Blaze’s Dana Loesch confronted group founder Shannon Watts at NRA Annual Meetings in Indianapolis this past weekend after Watts slandered her as a “prop” of the evil “gun lobby.” Not surprisingly, Loesch was met with armed security guarding Watts and her posse. Gotta love leftist hypocrisy!

What’s even more telling about this latest gun control flop? Even former Pennsylvania governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge defected from “Everytown for Gun Safety,” citing its efforts to disarm law-biding gun owners. Ridge told the Daily Caller:

“When I signed on as an adviser to Everytown, I looked forward to a thoughtful and provocative discussion about the toll gun violence takes on Americans,” Mr. Ridge said. “After consultation with Everytown, I have decided that I am uncomfortable with their expected electoral work.”

How do we best combat these hypocrites who want to force more government control on us?

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

UPDATE: Linked to Right Wing News.

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