Maggie with her Marlin 22 and KelTec P-11, Gwen with her Kimber .45
Gwen: I find shooting enjoyable but I also own guns for self-defense, against criminals of all sorts, including those who single out minorities. Being a survivor of sexual assault, I find comfort in being able to take back the strength that was stolen from me by force. Arming myself equalizes force levels between an attacker and myself, giving me a fighting chance should someone once again decide to take what I do not wish to give. We each have the right to be the source of our own salvation from evil.
Maggie: Well, my reasons are pretty much the same as Gwens which she expressed very well -- save that I've never been the victim of sexual assault myself.