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Marilyn Cohen


Oceanside, NY

Who or what got you into shooting?
My sons bought me a .22 rifle for Mother's Day. They had gradually converted me from an anti-gun, gun-fearing liberal into a conservative, pro-gun person who appreciated the shooting sports. They took me out "plinking" to use my rifle, and I got hooked.

First or favorite gun?
Anything by Ruger or Beretta because of the dependability of the product and excellent customer service

Favorite place to shoot or hunt?
Nassau County Indoor Rifle and Pistol Range, Suffolk County Trap and Skeet Range, and Adirondack State Park for plinking

Favorite shooting/hunting partner?
My son Alan is my mentor. I also enjoy shooting with all of the women in our Women on Target clinics. They enjoy it so much, and learn so much.

I own a gun because:
It's fun and it's empowering.

How do you feel about pink guns?
I would consider buying one.

Do you go to the range to amp up or chill out?
Definitely to chill out, I find it very relaxing

Best gun tip?
Safety, safety, safety

Your choice of gun for protection?
I have a Ruger SP 101 .357 Magnum revolver. I have been told that, in the home, a shotgun is a better choice. I have a Beretta Silver Pigeon II 20 gauge with a 30-inch barrel (also a Mother's Day present.)

Guns or shoes?

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired to spread the word about the enjoyment and protection that guns can give you, so that others will learn this. I am also inspired by the need to protect the Second Amendment as well as the rest of our liberties, especially now that our Constitution as a whole is being shredded.

What’s your favorite app?
I don't have one. I have a "dumb" phone.

What’s new on your iPod?
Nothing lately

Favorite sports team?
All New York teams

My theme song is:
“My Life” by Billy Joel

Favorite vacation spot?
Anyplace under a palm tree and next to the ocean

Your greatest accomplishment?
My sons, and teaching thousands of students in an almost 40-year career