'By the time you hear a shotgun cock, you pretty much know what time it is'

'Our Guns': Two Gary, Indiana women turn to guns to protect their family and homes.

February 13, 2013

(WBEZ/Michael Puente)
Leticia Baker of Gary, Indiana holds her gun she uses for protection.

The reasons people own guns can vary as much as the opinions over what to do about gun violence.

In WBEZ’s ongoing series “Our Guns,” we’ve been hearing from local gun owners to learn more about their affinity for firearms.

So far, we’ve heard from hunters and American soldiers. Skeet shooters and firearm safety instructors.

Today, we hear from two women from the high crime city of Gary, Indiana. They don't know each other but they both own guns for one simple reason: Protection.

Our Guns

A series about why people own guns and their relationship with their firearms. Follow their stories, and join in with your ideas and comments.  

 

Lisa requested that we not use her last name, but she is a 30-year-old nurse who lives alone with her two children ages 8 months and 8 years old.

Leticia Baker is a 34-year-old social worker with a bubbly personality.

Gary is a city that experienced more than 200 home burglaries in December.

Some of those have turned deadly for the homeowner.

These two women say they don't want to become the next victim.