At least 800,000 Texans carry concealed handguns and many of them are women. Thousands more of both sexes keep a loaded gun at home. An old Houston girlfriend of mine kept a loaded 20-gauge shotgun under her side of the bed.
But this unidentified woman— and a few others in the fifteen other photos of armed Texas women at the link above—really shouldn’t have her finger on the trigger until she’s ready to shoot. Unless she’s planning to kneecap herself. That she does anyhow indicates what you might get real quick if you mess with her.
And yet… According to the CDC, in 2011, Americans used guns for self-defense 2.5 million times. Total gun homicides – including murders by criminals and the mentally ill – was only about 10,000. That was in a population of 310 million.