Now that incident caught the attention of a large number of people. In addition, it sent a clear message to certain California residents; it certainly sent a message to the nudists at Baker Beach, SF. Those nudists, like the Amish, had chosen to follow a lifestyle that differed greatly from the lifestyle of others in American society.
For years the nudists at Baker Beach, SF and the Amish in Lancaster County had managed to enjoy their unique lifestyles without much interference from the outside world. Both groups had drawn a certain number of tourists.
In Lancaster County, some tourists flocked into the area gift shops and purchased items made by the Amish residents in the County. On the outskirts of San Francisco, some curious tourists gawked at the nudists on Baker Beach, San Francisco. While the nudists had not enjoyed the stares of the tourists, they had known that those gawking tourists meant no harm.
The nudists did not expect to have anyone from the outside speak out against their strange practices. Because they did not expect trouble, the nudists had no good way to defend themselves. The nudists, like the Amish, did not anticipate the arrival of an intruder. They knew that they had always just gone about living their life in the way that they had chosen. Yet after October 2, 2006, the nudists had a gnawing question in their minds: Could a lone gunman transgress on Baker Beach, SF in the same way that a gunman had disrupted life in Nickel Pines, PA?
Now the Amish shooting was not the first major news story to generate new thoughts and new questions in the minds of the residents of Baker Beach, SF. The date of October 2, 2006 was not the first calendar date to have a huge influence on the thinking of the northern California nudists. The thoughts passing through the minds of the nudists during that October week were probably as profound as those that had passed through their minds five years earlier
Five years earlier, on September 11, 2001, the nudists on Baker Beach, SF must have felt personally attacked. The nudists knew that the terrorists, who had orchestrated the terrible events of that day, wanted their own women to cover their entire bodies, including their faces. Those men felt that they had a God-given right to direct the life style of other people. Those men wanted to take-away the freedoms of all American citizens.
For that reason, the terrorist attach on September 11, 2001 could be seen as a direct attack on the nudists at Baker Beach, San Francisco. For that reason, the nudists on Baker Beach, SF must have found many profound thoughts passing through their minds on that September day. No doubt the message sent to the nudists by the terrorist attack was as unsettling as the arrival of the AIDS epidemic had been almost twenty years earlier.