According to the Chicago Tribune, Angelou told TIME magazine about her love for guns during a 2013 interview:
TIME: Your mother, she was your protector. She often carried a gun, she seemed very fond of guns. Did you inherit your mother's fondness for guns?
ANGELOU: Well, I do like to have guns around. I don't like to carry them. But if someone is going to come into my house, and I have not put out the welcome mat, I want to stop them.
--So many people are quiet gun owners. Another reason why we're winning.