Angling Right: Gear Up for Fishing Season!

Who else is excited for fishing season to start up again? I know I am!

I’ll be returning to the water this Sunday. (Post to follow!)

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Last spring, I launched a series of blog posts called “Angling Right” to help generate interest in fishing among members of my generation. I’m happy it’s been well-received by my fellow Millennial anglers and those curious about becoming anglers!

Starting March 15th, this Sunday, fishing weather in Virginia is slated to be off-the-hook (pun-intended)!

Need more reasons to go fishing? Take Me Fishing’s Debbie Henson explains below:

  1. Fishing is a physical activity that can be a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. The sports of fishing and boating encourage you to use your arms to cast and your legs to walk from one spot to another or to steady yourself on the boat deck.
  1. Fishing uses brain power. When you start getting into fishing, you use brain power to research things like tides, weather, water conditions and areas of structure. Every time you go fishing, you can learn something new.
  1. Fishing can give you a rush of happiness that is much more sustainable than a sugar rush. When you catch a big fish, you are on “cloud nine” for days, and smile from ear to ear every time you think about the good fishing memories you have made.
  1. The feelings of accomplishment that come from learning new fishing skills are sweeter. Think about how good it feels when you master a new skill. When you learn how to throw a cast net or tie a new fishing knot, you get those sweet feelings of accomplishment and success.

I couldn’t agree more!

Here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, there are a lot of untapped fishing spots to explore.  This may sound sacrilegious to write, but I’ve found more fishing opportunities here in Virginia than in Southern California. (Sorry, home state!)  I’ve been doing extensive research on local fishing spots to see which ones are good and have optimal returns on investment. Luckily for my family and I, there are plenty of rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans spots to choose from within a 50 mile radius–even as close as two miles!

Here are some places I’ll be visiting and/or blogging about this fishing season:

  • Riverbend Park – Great Falls, VA (Loudon County): This fishing spot is located just north of Great Falls Park in McLean/Great Falls, VA. This area is known for its hiking spots plus decent fishing. Crappie, perch, and small bass are common
  • Pohick Bay – Lorton, VA (Prince William County): Pohick Bay is located in Prince William County, which neighbors Fairfax County to the southwest.
  • Little Hunting Creek – Alexandria, VA (Fairfax County): This is my new favorite fishing spot. It’s easily accessible and is a unique body of water since it’s the intersection of the Potomac River and Little Hunting Creek. My dad and I have caught catfish, eel, and perch/small bass here. People reportedly catch largemouth bass and shad (herring) here.
  • Occoquan Reservoir – Occoquan, VA (Prince William County): I also discovered and fell in love with this fishing spot last year. It’s huge and surrounded by beautiful nature. Plus, the fish there actively bite.
  • Naples, FL – I look forward to deep-sea or backwater fishing here later this year.

I hope you join in on some fishy fun this year! If you haven’t gone fishing before, it’s never too late to start.

Check out Take Me Fishing, Field and Stream, North American Fishing, Keep America Fishing, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, and Gander Mountain to get started.

Do you plan to fish this year or introduce someone to fishing? Comment below!

Guns.Com Article: Keep Virginia Gun-Friendly

I’ve penned my first opinion editorial (op-ed) at Guns.com today. It’s titled, “The fight to keep Virginia gun-free must continue.” Below is an excerpt:

Last Monday, the Virginia State Senate Courts of Justice Committee shot down another series of anti-gun legislation from Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The Senate committee rejected a bill that would have imposed background checks on private firearm sales and another bill that would have limited firearm purchases to one a month.

Additionally, this Republican-controlled committee passed a bill that would allow for lifetime concealed handgun permits and a subcommittee of the Virginia House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety scrapped some more anti-gun bills.

McAuliffe’s support for gun control shouldn’t come as a surprise. While campaigning for governor in 2013, McAuliffe pledged support for “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.” True to his word, McAuliffe introduced a series of gun control bills in January 2014–that were subsequently defeated in the Virginia House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee.

Despite McAuliffe’s penchant for pushing gun control in our state and the impression it may give others about our feelings towards the Second Amendment, Virginians know how disingenuous the gun control lobby truly is.

Continue reading at Guns.com.

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

Catch Me at MDCAN’s Turning the Tides Conference

Two weeks from today, I’ll be speaking at Maryland Citizen Action Network’s annual Turning the Tides conference in Annapolis, MD on January 10, 2015. I’ll be one of four panelists on their “Liberty in the Youth” panel. Headlining speakers include Dr. Alveda King, Dan Bongino, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Niger Innis, Kira Davis,  Sonnie Johnson, and more.

I previously spoke at the event in 2013 on their “Cheated Generation” panel. Here’s the video (I start talking at 19:28):

Here’s more about the conference:

Maryland shocked the nation in the 2014 midterm elections. Marylanders are showing they are ready to reject one-party control over the state.

There is still a lot of work to do to maintain the momentum though. Turning the Tides 2015 is a key part of that.

Join us to learn about what strategies worked and what helped weaken the one party monopoly in Maryland. Come to learn about how to infiltrate the pop culture and reach out to new potential voters. Perhaps most importantly, join us so we can show the state and the country a united front for making Maryland into the “Free State” once again.

What? Turning the Tides 2015

When? January 10, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 5:00PM

Where? Annapolis DoubleTree Hotel

Conference tickets are still available. It costs $35.00 for students, $75.00 for MDCAN members, and $90 for non-MDCAN members.

Hope to see you there!

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I Rode Uber For the First Time Today and Loved It

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I’m going to come out and say it: Uber is awesome.

Don’t know about Uber? Here’s more information about the ride-sharing service:

Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in over 200 cities today, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.

I finally used the service for the first time today here in Boston (where I’m currently on a business trip). In true conservative fashion, I take time to adapt to certain things. (Sorry, not sorry!) Back home in the D.C. metro area, I drive my car everywhere so I don’t see the need to use a taxi apart from traveling. (However, I plan to use it again for an upcoming family vacation in December!)

For those of you who know me, I’m an unabashed supporter of free markets and start-ups. Companies like Uber and Lyft pique my interest, so I’ll happily support them if they give consumers greater choice, employ standards, break monopolies created by unions, and offer a great service. (They should reconsider hiring former Obamanite David Plouffe. Not exactly a free market guy.) Though I fully support such enterprises as the aforementioned private ride-sharing services, I hadn’t used them until today. Better late than never, right?!

How do I rate my first Uber ride? 10 out of 10. Overall, riding an UberX is quite a pleasant experience. Regular taxis are too cramped, unpolished, or dirty. Their rates are expensive and their drivers are generally irritable. By contrast, Uber drivers are friendly, punctual, and professional. Uber cars are clean and presentable. Best of all? The iPhone app allows one to pay beforehand by making it easier to process a transaction and not deal with unnecessary fiddling of receipts. (Thanks to a $20 off coupon for first-time use, my ride was free.) I doubt after today I’ll ride in a regular taxi again.

Free enterprise is the most liberating and uplifting economic system ever devised. (Suck it, collectivists and Bolsheviks.)

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are reviled by anti-choicers, particularly unions and those who despise ingenuity. In June of this year, the Department of Motor Vehicles in my adopted state Virginia issued a cease and desist letter to Uber warning them to stop operating in the Commonwealth. Uber didn’t cower to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Richmond and remained vigilant. After many people expressed their discontent with this move, McAwful, Attorney General Mark Herring (another leftist ideologue), and others in Richmond thankfully backed off.

No government regulation or bureaucrat can kill the American entrepreneurial spirit–no matter how relentless they are in stifling consumer choice and freedom.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Uber! Long live private ride-sharing services.

 

RTD Column: DC Area Residents Should Applaud Ruling Overturning Handgun Ban

An article of mine appeared in Richmond Times-Dispatch yesterday. Below is an excerpt:

 

The “murder capital of the U.S.” may not be for much longer.

 

On July 26, a federal judge overturned a ban on carrying concealed handguns in the nation’s capital. Judge Frederick Scullin of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York issued the decision in Palmer v. D.C. that read, “the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.”

Two days after the ban was overturned, the same judge issued a 90-day stay on Palmer v. D.C. This gives authorities 90 days — until Oct. 22 — to rewrite the law to accommodate concealed carry or appeal the decision. It allows the city council time to clarify statutes as a result of the decision and set permit-issuing protocols for law-abiding citizens. Despite reluctance to embrace the ruling, local politicians expect the city’s strict gun laws to be eased.

Although some aspects of the ban would remain in effect — including the city’s 10-round magazine limit and ban on so-called “assault weapons” — D.C. area residents should applaud this landmark decision, despite the 90-day stay, in favor of Second Amendment rights.

 

Continue reading at Richmond-Times Dispatch.

Update: Mentioned in a Virginia Shooting Sports Association blog post.

Look Out for My Debut in Richmond-Times Dispatch on August 10th

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Hi everyone!

In case you missed my announcement last week, I’ll be published in Richmond-Times Dispatch for the first time this Sunday, August 10th, 2014. RTD is the second-highest circulated state publication in Virginia right after the The Virginian-Pilot. (Interestingly enough, the editorial board has a conservative-libertarian bent.) I couldn’t be more thrilled for the opportunity to have an article published in this outlet!

My article will be featured in the “Editorial, Commentary & Letters” page. It will focus on guns–specifically the recent Palmer v. DC ruling overturning the handgun ban in the nation’s capital.  I’ll post the link here on my blog when it’s published. (I hope to regularly submit content to RTD!)

You can find my articles at Counter Cultured, Townhall.com, and here on my personal blog.

Thanks for reading!

-Gabriella