I am sure that Steve will hate this, but Hunter is right, this is a crazy idea that women need 'scary-looking' guns to defend themselves. As a friend of mine noted on FB, the sound of a pump shotgun loading a shell might be the best home defense in the world. Certainly it seems nuts that you HAVE to have a very scary assault weapon to defend your home. I call bullshit on that.
And I would note that the gun culture (that I differentiate from the responsible and sober gun owners out there) encourages this kind of mindset. The country is going to hell and you better be ready to shoot someone. No interest in helping that country not go to hell. Just buy more guns.
What is more, and I think Smitty has spoken to some of this, the gun culture encourages people to get out there and do stuff with their guns. I am not talking about the trainers and the sober people. I am talking about the culture that suggests the Rambo ideal. Like this guy. Or another guy I read about who saw a guy pull into his drive way and went out and shot him.