Over the past decade I've found myself straddling the ideological fence when it comes to the political arena. Having spent the first 17 years of my life in Los Angeles, I grew up in communities that pushed good-natured American values and even attended Social Justice classes at my Christian elementary and high schools. But, I also grew up in a very conservative family that gave money to the Republican Party and I routinely attended church, chapel and local youth group functions. It was because of this part of my life that I began to shoot shotgun sports competitively and ended up on the National Shotgun Team by the time I was 15 years old. After I graduated high school, I spent five years living and training shotgun shooting at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Letter: Life experience leads to vote for Obama
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