I think women should carry pepper spray also. I mean, like you said yourself, it won't cause the person to die, but just stop them from what they were about to do to the women. It's also a lot more safer to the women who is carrying a gun because if she doesn't know how to use it, that can be a big problem. Or, if she gets pulled over and a police officer sees it, shes screwed. I also think that men shouldn't carry around guns either.
That reminds me to just put out there, did you know that they do a whole back round check when you get a dog, but when you get a gun, they don't do all that extra crap... To see if you're a criminal or not... I'm not sure if its just in my state, but seriously. That's pretty bad.