Jan 13, 2013 12:00 AM by Tony Spehar -

Local women's shooting club meets for the first time since Connecticut massacre

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting Club formed last June and has already gained 45 regular members, they gathered at the Pikes Peak Gun Club on Sunday for their first meeting since the elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

The club was started to give local women a chance to learn and practice shooting with other women.

"Some of them are here for self-defense," explained member Germaine Adams. "Some of them are just here for sport."

The members vary in age and experience with guns. The ladies learn everything from the basics of safety and shooting to firing while moving at multiple targets, they're hoping to begin taking part in competitions.

"It's ladies teaching ladies working together," described Carol Klesser, the club's instructor. "With everything that's going on safe gun handling, learning to shoot the right way like everybody here is, that's really important."

At Sunday's meeting club members said they were worried that gun owners have been poorly portrayed in the news as the debate over gun control in the wake of the mass shootings of 2012.

"Walking down the street you would never guess that any of us are quote, unquote gun people," explained member Stephanie Esquell. "Because we don't look like what people perceive as the typical gun person."

Over the past week Vice President Joe Biden has been holding meetings of a special task force that has gathered recommendations on how to reduce gun violence. Though Biden has covered a number of issues associated with the problem, debate over gun laws has been at the forefront.

"There's 10,000 people a year gunned down in our cities, different motives, different reasons, different explanations," Biden said during one of this week's meetings. "It's a real problem."

Across the country many gun stores are still overwhelmed with customers looking to buy guns fearing tighter restrictions on guns lay ahead. Some national leaders have proposed stopping the sale of certain types of weapons temporarily until new laws are passed.

"I'm urging our country's gun retailers, like Wal-Mart and Sports Authority, to suspend sales of modern assault-style weapons until Congress is able to fully consider and vote on legislation to curb gun violence," announced Sen. Charles Schumer (D - New York) on Sunday.

The ladies of A Girl & A Gun said something else that should be considered is not all gun owners are irresponsible.

"As far as guns getting in the wrong hands, just like drugs or anything else it's going to happen," said Carol Klesser. "So at least shooting this way we're safer, we're teaching gals how to be safe and having fun doing it too."

Vice President Biden will give President Obama his list of recommendations to reduce gun violence on Tuesday.



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