Venezuelan Olympian to share her 2nd Amendment views with NRA audience
Indianapolis, Indiana - While walking around the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis a few weekends ago, we came across one of the industry's rising stars — Gabriela "Gabby" Franco. Newly minted as as one of NRA's growing stable of commentators, Gabby was bubbling over with anticipation over her new role as a Second Amendment speaker.
"I can't tell you how I excited I am," said Franco. "I'm very happy to be included in this wonder group of new commentators."
Finding a place in America's collective heart following her performance on the History Channel's blockbuster show Top Shot, Franco joins fellow Top Shot alum (and winner of Season 4) Chris Cheng along with former Miss Houston and Personal Defense & Firearm trainer Nikki
Turpeaux on the NRA News Commentators Team.
For those who aren't familiar with NRA News Commentators Team, they are a scrappy crew of creative individuals who create opinion and editorial pieces on the Second Amendment and related stories, controversies, and issues. Those pieces are available on a variety of platforms including text and video. A challenge Franco is not taking lightly.
"I already wrote and recorded my first piece," she said bouncing up and down with glee. "They took the title from the text, it was so amazing to see it all come together."
At the age of 19, Franco became the first female to qualify for the Venezuelan Olympic Shooting Team. Following an appearance in the Sydney Olympics, she moved to the United States to pursue her version of the American Dream — a decision that has paid off in spades. She has a thriving firearm training business, a booming personal appearance schedule, and an author.
But success hasn't gone to her head. And she won't forget where she came from. In fact, Franco is using her role as an NRA News Commentator to reach out to the Hispanic Community with a collection of videos in Spanish.
"It's exciting, it's scary, and it's a challenge I'm going to take head on. It's like training for the Olympics, you decide on a path and go for it."
With that, Top Shoter Athena Lee rounded the corner and grabbed Franco for a few pictures with fans. Smiling wide in that classic Gabby smile, she wished us well, turned on her high-heeled sneakers and disappeared into the convention.
Our latest NRA News Commentator. Five-foot nothing of spunk, spirit, and sharpshooting prowess. This is going to be something.
Check out Gabby's first NRA News Commentator video!
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