I too grew up with guns. Shot my first pellet pistol at 3. .22 at 5. Guns always around. got my own .22 at 13.
lived in a town of 2500. No need for a gun for self defense.
In NY state. if you want a pistol, you have to get a CCW. I wanted a pistol. Didn't really want a carry permit...
But heck, if you're going to give me one....
So I started carrying. It was weird. Strange. Walking around in public with a gun hidden on my person. I was very aware of it.
Sometimes I'd carry it, sometimes I wouldn't.
Then one day, I had an epipahny. How would I know what day to carry it on?
So I started carrying every day. That was in 1987. I've practice, sought training, practiced some more, and got more instuction. Just got back from 2 classes a couple of weeks ago.
I've had to use it once to put down a deer hit by a truck. And I've had to draw it twice. Luckily that was as far as it went.
If I hadn't been able to do so, the outcome would have been different.
When I leave the house in the morning, I tell myself; "over, around, through, what ever is in my way, I'm coming home tonight"
If I don't, my wife will kill me
And tension is ratching up, if y'all haven't noticed. Never sure when something will be the spark in the powder keg.
Remember Reginald Denning?
Did you just see/hear the video from the 'American Taliban' Adam Gadahm? Telling muslims in the U.S. to buy guns and shoot Americans?...