"The Reluctant Gun Owner"

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    "The Reluctant Gun Owner"

    Came across this article today and thought I would share it. The writer has a lot of common sense (and maybe understands things a little more than her hubby).

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...,3972515.story

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdC View Post
    Came across this article today and thought I would share it. The writer has a lot of common sense (and maybe understands things a little more than her hubby).

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...,3972515.story
    Here is the author's true name and Info........
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    - Sonia Levetin -

    BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

    * Born August 18, l934, in Berlin Germany; daughter of Max [a manufacturer] and Helene (Goldstein) Wolff;
    * Came to the United States in l938;
    * Married Lloyd Levitin (a corporate planning director), December 27, l953;
    * Children: Daniel Joseph, Shari Diane.
    * Education: University of California, Berkeley, student, 1952-54; University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1956; San Francisco State College, graduate study, 1957-60.

    Sonia Levitin grew up in a family with older two sisters. Her family moved to the United States because of anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany. They left all of their worldly goods and savings in Germany and escaped into Switzerland. They waited for a year there as their father went on to find a place for them in America. She grew up in poverty but pursued her education to college. Her family shared a feeling of guilt that they survived and were unable to save many relatives that had been left behind.
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    Not to throw stones but it sure took her long enough to figure things out
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    Yep, I am just happy she has seen the light. The more, the merrier.
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    Nice article. Thanks for posting it.
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    Being a child of the 70's in SoCal and subsequently a LEO in San Diego County, I was impressed with the woman's perspective. I mean, she has strong ties to the Bay Area, where it doesn't get any more liberal than that! Also, she has a keen insight to what's required to be responsible with a firearm, and her choice couldn't have been more prudent.
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    Thanks for the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsrule View Post
    ...Not to throw stones but it sure took her long enough to figure things out
    How long it took is irrelevant to me. If we are to make gains in restoring gun rights in places like CA, then it is the Mrs. Levetins we must gain to our position, by their own choice. These people have listened to the anti-gun activist scare tactics. They have listened to the progressive media. They have listened to the authorities. And they have found the anti-gun message lacking when faced with the reality on their doorstep. Their friends won't listen to us. We can't scare them or lecture them into submission; it will simply drive them away. We can say to her neighbors exactly what Mrs. Levetin says, but we are labeled as gun nuts, while she is a rational, thoughtful, peaceful person they recognize. She can reach people we can never hope to.

    The best we can hope to do is offer people like Mrs. Levetin seeds for thought, so that in time, for their own reasons, they come to the same conclusions we have. And they will share those with their friends and family.
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    Yes very good post, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom357 View Post
    How long it took is irrelevant to me. If we are to make gains in restoring gun rights in places like CA, then it is the Mrs. Levetins we must gain to our position, by their own choice. These people have listened to the anti-gun activist scare tactics. They have listened to the progressive media. They have listened to the authorities. And they have found the anti-gun message lacking when faced with the reality on their doorstep. Their friends won't listen to us. We can't scare them or lecture them into submission; it will simply drive them away. We can say to her neighbors exactly what Mrs. Levetin says, but we are labeled as gun nuts, while she is a rational, thoughtful, peaceful person they recognize. She can reach people we can never hope to.

    The best we can hope to do is offer people like Mrs. Levetin seeds for thought, so that in time, for their own reasons, they come to the same conclusions we have. And they will share those with their friends and family.
    Well said...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsrule View Post
    Here is the author's true name and Info........
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    - Sonia Levetin -

    BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

    * Born August 18, l934, in Berlin Germany; daughter of Max [a manufacturer] and Helene (Goldstein) Wolff;
    * Came to the United States in l938;
    * Married Lloyd Levitin (a corporate planning director), December 27, l953;
    * Children: Daniel Joseph, Shari Diane.
    * Education: University of California, Berkeley, student, 1952-54; University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1956; San Francisco State College, graduate study, 1957-60.

    Sonia Levitin grew up in a family with older two sisters. Her family moved to the United States because of anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany. They left all of their worldly goods and savings in Germany and escaped into Switzerland. They waited for a year there as their father went on to find a place for them in America. She grew up in poverty but pursued her education to college. Her family shared a feeling of guilt that they survived and were unable to save many relatives that had been left behind.
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    Not to throw stones but it sure took her long enough to figure things out
    IMO it is totally irrelevant how long time it took her to figure things out. She made the right decision several times and that is the only important to me. Furthermore, I think that the article is very well written.
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    Well said....good stuff
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    The author's biographical data is totally irrelevant and it did not need to be posted here. Her words speak for themselves.

    she has strong ties to the Bay Area, where it doesn't get any more liberal than that
    Where do people get this stuff? Is there some newsletter for dingbats that circulates this sort of thing? Bay Area gun culture is strong and well-established. It's where I fired my first weapons and got my first training. My parents still live in Berkeley and my dad is looking to buy his first firearm, for many of the reasons articulated in the article. Anybody of any outlook may, at any time, decide to add one or more firearms to their self-defense options. If you've been following the news, then you know that part of the country has been getting much more dangerous lately. People respond and adapt to changing circumstances regardless of where they live.
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