I grew up in an anti-gun, liberal household in New Jersey where my entire knowledge of firearms and politics came from inaccurate and unrealistic depictions from Hollywood. When I started college at Florida State University, I carried my anti-second amendment views and misconceptions perpetuated by gun control groups with me.
However as a student, on November 13th 2014, I was sexually assaulted on campus. Though I used pepper spray and ran for the blue safety lights on my campus that alerted police, the criminal who attacked me was faster, stronger, and threatened me with a knife. After that night, I took up a much more proactive approach to self-defense, including training and carrying with firearms.
Since August 2015 I have been fighting for campus carry in Florida, as well as second amendment rights nationwide, to ensure that all law-abiding citizens, such as myself, are able to properly defend ourselves wherever we go. Through my political writing and activism, I have been able to lobby members of the Florida State Legislature, speak at legislative committee meetings, travel for policy conferences, and connect with people from all around the country who are a part of the gun rights community.
While there are days where it is not easy sharing my story, I continue to do so because I know fighting for real women’s empowerment and equality begins with ensuring women have the best choices available to protect themselves.
Aside from my political activism, I also work in marketing, enjoy talk radio, volunteer as a court appointed advocate for children in foster care, am an avid hiker, and enjoy spending free time with my family, partner, and friends.