What made you start to carry? :MERGED
I read a similar thread on a another board and i thought it was really interesting. I wanted to share with everyone here. I'm sure something similar has been posted in the past, however, i didn't see one and this will give some of us newbies a chance to share. So why did i start to carry?
Two personal events:
1. A good college buddy of mine moved to DC after we graduated (about 4 years ago). He and 2 others (1 male, 1 female) were outside of their townhome in Georgetown having a smoke later in the evening (about 11pm), 2 males approached armed and demanded the female's purse. One of the muggers grabbed the purse and subsequently pushed the female to the ground. My friend leaned down to help her, and one of the mugger's fired twice into his abdomen. He survived the shooting (one of the spent bullets ended up in his bladder, to which he had to let come out the natural way according to the docs, not a great feeling)
2. My younger brother was getting into his new car outside of his house in the Vanderbilt area of Nashville (along with his frat buddy), 5 males (in their teens or early 20s, one armed) approached and put a gun to my brother's head, took his wallet, phone and keys, robbed his friend as well. Stole his car, it was later found 6 days later in GA on the side of the highway.
The incidents and one particularly bad incident that sticks out in my mind from the news, was the doctor (I believe in MA or CT) who's wife and two daughters were raped, murdered, and the doctor was severly beaten by 2 escaped inmates. House was burned down.
After my brother could have potentially left this earth that night, i made a promise that i would always do something to defend myself and my family.