Alot of threads have been popping up recently about why we carry, why carry with one in the chamber, why carry at all? I wanted to share with you the experience that made me decide to carry and my journey to where I am today with carrying. When I was 15 years old I was in bed and I heard my mom yelling at someone through the window. I went to her room on the first floor and found a man standing outside her window yelling at her wanting to know where the man in the green jeep was. She told him he lives across the street and he wasnt in our house but the guy wouldn't listen. He kept yelling at her and eventually grabbed the window and tried to pull it open. It was locked but he did not know that and I yelled at my grandma to grab her gun and call the police. The man continued yelling through moms window until we told him we called the cops and he had to leave our property. That event scared me and my mom to the point of not even wanting to leave the house when the police arrived. They then told us there was not really anything they could do since he didn't break in but they would keep an eye out for him. I got my LTCH at 18 and started carrying a single action .22. It was all i had at the time but it made me feel safer knowing I had it with me. I then started working for Blue Line and began to train with a semi automatic handgun. I had two ND's on the range and as stupid as my mistakes were, I still somehow made the same one twice in not checking the gun to ensure it was empty, alibeit the first one was somewhat malfunction induced I still should have checked it. Now I quadruple check every gun I fire when I clear it and make absolutly sure it is empty before decocking it, or disassembling it. I have had a few incidents since I started carrying where I was comforted to know I had a gun with me and I have learned so much since I started mostly due to the people on this forum. I now am working on becoming an instructor and plan to use my story to teach others. I think it might be beneficial to our new members if everyone would share the reasons they began carrying so please feel free to share them here. This is not the place to critique others on carrying methods, mistakes made while carrying or training nor is it the place to debate methods of carry.