Monday, May 15, 2000

No new gun laws, say mom, daughter


Marchers misguided, they believe

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        They're for gun control and responsible firearm ownership but against other women marching on Washington for tougher gun laws.

        And Sunday, they spent part of Mother's Day firing their semiautomatic pistols at a local shooting range.

        “I think they're misguided,” Amanda Baker, 27, a Mount Healthy landscaper, said of anti-gun protesters. Police “should enforce the gun laws already there.”

        With her was mom, Susan Baker, a 55-year-old coronary care nurse from Springfield, Ohio.

        Of the 12 people at the firing line by mid-afternoon at Target World in Sharonville, five were women, in cluding the Bakers.

        Manager Charlie Gilbert said that's a fairly typical ratio, adding that women's interest in gun training has increased in recent years.

        Susan Baker, who recounted caring for gunshot victims at Community Hospital in Clark County, understood anti-gun marchers' motives, but faulted their logic.

        “Who are these people to run away for two days to ... complain?” she said. “I had a fear of guns because I've

        seen all the violence for years, but guns don't get up and shoot people. It's the crazy person behind it.”

        Both Bakers say they've been touched by firearm violence, but weren't alone in criticizing the anti-gun marchers in Washington.

        Other women, the Second Amendment Sisters, staged counter-rallies Sunday in Washington and other cities, including Los Angeles.

        The Bakers don't align perfectly with either side and wonder if the rush to categorize people in the national gun-control debate has left them voiceless.

        Mother and daughter support gun locks but don't think they should be mandatory.

        “It's just common sense if you have kids in the house,” Susan Baker said. “And I think the background checks are plenty.”

        Amanda Baker, who moved to Mount Healthy recently after several years in downtown Cincinnati, said gun ownership is a personal-protection issue.

        Having just started her gun training with a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, she's not confident enough to keep it in her home.

        But in time, she said, she will and she said she'd like to keep that right.

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