In a CPAC panel moderated by Townhall.com Editor Katie Pavlich, Antonia Okafor, Kimberly Corban, Ashley Lundvall, and Kristi McMains were all interviewed on how they individually promote the Second Amendment movement, along with sharing their own personal stories which prove that guns save lives.
After a fantastic week at CPAC, Refined Right spoke with Antonia, a staunch advocate of campus carry, about how she deals with liberal pushback as a Second Amendment advocate, along with her new activism project, EmPOWERed.
In 2015, Antonia became on of the most familiar faces of the campus carry movement, after the became the Southwest Regional Director for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), where she successfully advocated for the passing and implementation of the “campus carry” law in Texas.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) soon took notice of her accomplishments, and brought Antonia on to star in their “Freedom’s Safest Place” series, which focused on using commercials to highlight the “diversity of NRA members.” Antonia is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she is championing her new movement which focuses on promoting campus carry on college campuses.
EmPOWERed is a movement of women on college campuses all over the country who feel empowered when they use their gun for self-defense. Whether you are a senior about to graduate college, a graduate student, a tenured professor or a mother visiting her child on a college campus, having the ability to properly utilize a firearm for self-defense is not only a right it’s real female empowerment.
Antonia was kind enough to answer a couple of questions about herself and her activism, along with providing some advice for our readers:
RR: What is your gun of choice?
Antonia: My gun of choice is the one I have right now and that is the Ruger LC9. I am saving up for .380 though. The Sig P238.
RR: What advice would you give to young conservatives who want to advocate for campus carry on their liberal campus?
Antonia: I would tell them to not be afraid of using the mute button on Twitter. Most opponents aren’t going to have the guts you have. They will wait to attack when they can hide behind their iPhones and tweet, message and snap chat at you. They will be cruel. I would advise that whenever the conversation starts to go no where or they are just hurling abuse at you, mute them. Block them. You don’t need to prove you can “handle it.” It wastes time and it can be emotionally draining. Keep your energy for the real fight. And that’s out there on college campuses, face to face.
RR: How can young women get involved with EmPOWERed?
Antonia: If you would like to help EmPOWERed go from an online movement to a “boots on the ground” movement on college campuses, then the best way to help us is to donate! You can donate to our go fund me found on antoniaokafor.com/empowered.
You can also buy one of our signature tanks! The profit will go towards our org as well. If you buy a tank, please take a picture of you when you are doing something that empowers you. Whether that is solving the world’s hardest problems or training at the gun range, share your story with us on Twitter by tagging @EmPOWERed_2a and finishing the sentence, “I feel empowered when…”