There's no contradiction between being willing to shield someone from bullets with one's own body, and hitting them over a minor argument at other times. He's quite willing to protect Maria, it's just that control is part of the deal.
That's how he thinks love works. That's how his parents loved him. And as his younger sister said, their family was loveless.
I'm now imaginign trying to fire off a rifle at someone with big gianthands like that, while that finger probably couldnt get all the wy behind the trigger might not have to, just the finger tip should do it, wonder if that could screw up the aiming though?
Oh it absolutely does!
I think they should abandon this venture, and find a safer and more legitimate way to make $$$$$!
That really would be wiser!
Wisdom does not seem to be their strong suit!
I made them pathetic, the poor things!