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

Saying Goodbye to 2012 is Bittersweet

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I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season with Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations. As we say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013, I offer you my final blog post of the year.

This year will go down in history as one of the most eventful years to date. Somehow President Obama – arguably one of the most corrupt and dangerous presidents in American history – clinched a second term in November. SCOTUS ruled  the individual mandate provision in Obamacare constitutional as a tax. Shockingly, but not surprisingly, Mitt Romney lost the election. Our side witnessed devastating losses in U.S. Senate contests, as well. Unemployment rose. The country cared more about birth control politics than preserving free enterprise this election year.  And the list goes on and on.

2012 was not a good year for America. Don’t kid yourselves if you think higher taxes, the implementation of Obamacare, and other policies ushered in by this administration are going to benefit us. They’ll incur more harm than good.

If you want to be encouraged for the battle ahead, check out Rebooting America founder Justen Charters in his viral “Six Trillion Dollar Man” music video for ChristinePAC. Share it with your friends and family.

Although there’s much to complain about 2012 and the consequences surrounding Obama’s re-election, I recognize that much good came out of this year. I graduated from UCSD with a B.A. in Political Science on the three-year track in June. Shortly afterward I moved from Southern California to Northern Virginia to intern at the Media Research Center’s CNSNews division.  I then got hired to work for the Leadership Institute as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator, which has been a great experience thus far. Working with conservative students is fun, hard work, and great. I’m also grateful for wonderful co-workers, and find myself incredibly happy with the work I’m doing. I’m very blessed for gainful employment!

I was also graced with many opportunities in 2012. I was a youth speaker at several conferences, appeared on many radio shows, and continued to write for various conservative media outlets. I befriended and strengthened friendships with great people and fellow young conservative activists. I met many  people who I look up to including Michelle Malkin, Ken Cuccinelli, Mark Levin, Dana Loesch, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), and incoming U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), to name a few. I got to explore this country more and ventured to Texas, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Massachusetts for the first time. FreePAC Dallas was a blast, and my various trips to the Northeast to meet with students were equally worthwhile. I also co-founded another youth movement – Resistance 44- with my good friend Justen Charters and gauged young people with our conservative message.

2012 wouldn’t be complete if it weren’t for my family, friends, and fellow activists. Thank you for keeping my spirits up. I’m thankful for all of you and your continual support!

Despite impending tax hikes on all Americans come January 1st (thank you, President Obama and Congress), Americans should look forward to 2013.

-Pro-life? Attend 40th Annual March for Life event. The march will be taking place on January 25, 2013 in downtown Washington, D.C.

-President Obama and Democrats in the U.S. Senate are threatening to enforce gun bans. If this happens, apply for a concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit. Check your state government’s website on how to apply for CCW permits in your state. Additionally, sign-up to be a member of the NRA, Gun Owners of America, and/or National Association for Gun Rights.

-If you live here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you have the opportunity to help pivot our state red and elect Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as our next governor. Outside support is also appreciated. This is the first and most important electoral contest our side must win. (Visit Cuccinelli’s website, sign up to be a campaign volunteer, and donate money to his campaign.)

-Get involved with the National School Choice Week movement. Next year’s event takes place during the week of January 27, 2013 – February 2, 2013. This is how we outreach to people.

-All conservatives – especially young people – must get involved in Rebooting America. If you liked National Papa John’s Appreciation Day, you’ll like our future events.

-Start reading blogs featuring young conservatives on Counter Cultured, Young Cons, Values and Capitalism, and Acculturated.

-Defend Israel and support groups like CUFI, Zionist Organization of America, StandWithUs, and Young Jewish Conservatives.

-Defend free enterprise and make the moral case for it. Don’t support higher taxes.

-Champion family values and undermine the welfare society.

-And most of all breathe, exercise, eat healthy, travel the country, be frugal, surround yourself with good people, and don’t succumb to pressure. Take the occasional break from politics and your electronics to enjoy the world around you.

What will I be up to in 2013? Here’s what you can expect from me:

  • Speaking engagements: I’m scheduled to speak at a CUFI on Campus’ SALT conference panel on student activism in San Antonio, TX on January 3, 2013, which is followed by my participation in “The Cheated Generation” panel at Maryland Conservative Action Network’s Turning the Tides conference on January 12, 2013 in Annapolis, MD. More appearances are likely throughout the year.
  • Look out for an e-book featuring yours truly: I, along with other young conservatives, wrote a chapter for an e-book slated for release in March 2013.
  • National appearance: Can’t reveal this yet, but you’ll be seeing me on the national stage in mid-to-late January.
  • Blogging: I’ll continue blogging for CNSNews.com, Counter Cultured, Right Wing News, and make my debut on The Blaze. Some other opportunities might come up. I’ll keep you posted.
  • Work: Work is my first priority, so it’ll come first before outside activities. Nevertheless, I’ll be documenting my travels, crazy professors, and leftist abuses in the Northeast if anything comes up. If you’re a student in the Northeast looking to be active on campus, please contact me here.
  • Rebooting America: I’ll be more involved. You should join the movement too.
  • Twitter: Follow my musings and tweets @Gabby_Hoffman.

L’chaim and cheers to a happy, healthy, and productive 2013!

Ding Dong, That Evil Bastard is Dead!

NOTE: This photo is not verified.

America can find solace now that Osama bin Liden is dead. The mastermind behind 9-11, which devastated our great nation and killed nearly 3000, is in hell. He was pronounced dead on May 1, 2011. Interestingly enough, Adolf Hitler was pronounced dead on May 1, 1945. You could call this perfect timing!

God bless our troops for a job well-done! America is victorious–don’t ever think you could ever mess with us!

“I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” –George W. Bush

Oh, and Obama is not going to get a pass with this great news. He’s still going down in 2012.

UCI “11” Charged for Last Year’s Antics

The infamous Irvine “11” have been charged for their antics from last February, when plans to disrupt Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren were discovered to be premeditated.

I am especially pleased to hear that my county DA Tony Rackauckas (a fellow Lithuanian-American and conservative) ruled the UCI MSU in contempt with the law.

The OC Register reports:

“This case is being filed because there was an organized attempt to squelch the speaker, who was invited to speak to a group at UCI,” District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a statement. “These defendants meant to stop this speech and stop anyone else from hearing his ideas, and they did so by disrupting a lawful meeting. This is a clear violation of the law and failing to bring charges against this conduct would amount to a failure to uphold the Constitution.”

Each defendant is charged with one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to disturb a meeting and one misdemeanor count of the disturbance of a meeting, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office. If convicted, each faces a sentence that could include probation with community service or fines or up to six months in jail.

They are scheduled to be arraigned on the charges March 11.

The defendants are: Mohamed Mohy-Eldeen Abdelgany, 23; Khalid Gahgat Akari, 19; Aslam Abbasi Akhtar, 23; Joseph Tamim Haider, 23; Taher Mutaz Herzallah, 21; Hakim Nasreddine Kebir, 20; Shaheen Waleed Nassar, 21; Mohammad Uns Qureashi, 19; Ali Mohammad Sayeed, 23; Osama Ahmen Shabaik, 22; and Asaad Mohamedidris Traina, 19.

While eight students charged are from UCI, Akari, Herzallah and Nassar were students at UC Riverside.

“We don’t think they deserve to be charged,” said Mohy Abdelgany, 50, of Irvine, Abdelgany’s father. “They simply stood, made a very short statement and left the room peacefully. … In the same event there was heckling and threats by other audience members with the opposite view of the protesters.”

Abdelgany added that his son is on vacation and not available to speak.

The younger Abdelgany, who was president of the Muslim Student Union at UCI, is accused of meeting with other members of the group in the days before Oren’s speech to plan to disrupt it, prosecutors said. He is accused of sending an email to the group’s message board saying “we will be staging a University of Chicago Style disruption of the Ambassador’s speech.”

Two days before the speech, Abdelgany is accused of sending an email to the group’s message board with a “Game Plan” for disrupting the event, and advising in the email that “to the outside,” the disruption was to be portrayed as done by individuals, not the Muslim Student Union, in order to “put up an obstacle” against the UCI administration in case it was to “come after the MSU” afterward, according to prosecutors.

The day before Oren’s speech, Abdelgany sent an email advising “nondisruptors” to cheer after each “disruptor” finished, prosecutors said.

During Oren’s speech, the eleven are accused of standing up, one by one, and shouting statements such as “Michael Oren, propagating murder is not free speech” and “Michael Oren, you are a war criminal.”

All 11 defendants were arrested, cited and released at the time.