More an illustrated joke than a meme, really, but when one of my most liberal friends posted it, and even “Liked” my comment (“And here I thought the lesson would be, ‘When you grab your pistol, be sure to grab a second magazine, too!'” 🙂 ), I decided to give it a home.
Wish I knew who the gal is — I’d love to have her behind me anytime I had to venture into a dark alley. I searched and found the photo is widely used, only occasionally accompanied by this delightful though apocryphal story, but without any identification or details on any of the examples I looked at.
Update: A reader says the gal is Lisa Marie Bickels, who apparently really is a former Marine (corporal), and a competition body builder and Iron Man competitor. A plus for me: she’s from Colorado! (But I haven’t seen anything that says she’s a mommy.) Thanks for letting me know.
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