I am interested in knowing if the members here have ever had instances in their lives that "woke them up" and caused them to start carrying. This could be a personal experience or even second hand recounting of an incident that caused them to go from unarmed citizen to responsible ccw permit holder. I am sure this question has been asked many times before in various ways, but I could not find a really good thread on it.
Now before I post MY reason, I will admit that it may actually make me somewhat unpopular, but i feel it is best to be up front and honest about certain issues. I also, am not looking to start any kind of argument, and in fact will not participate in one. I am merely stating my reasonings behind my decision to carry. I, myself, am a transexual. Not the Jerry Springer or the corner-prostitute type, but a normal person who happens to suffer from gender-dysphoria. This is not a decision I made. I am who I am. However, I will admit, that there were decisions on my part that WERE made. Those decisions were whether to suffer silently and end up with a rather short life or to do something about it and actually live my life. I chose the second route. It was not an easy choice. I lost a lot of friends and family is now distant. All of this with virtually no positives to speak of except, that I can now live with myself. This does not happen overnight and is a rather long process. As it stands now, I am still living and working as a guy, but all the while, my body is starting to change due to my medicines. This has caused me to, on more than one occasion, be severely harassed. There have been no violent instances at all yet (thank God) but the threat is always there, for reasons as simple as just being me. Now, I am not walking around with a chip on my shoulder looking to start a fight. In fact, in my decision to start carrying, I have stated that I hope I NEVER have to even show my gun much less use it, but if the situation arises, I will be armed, and well trained on its use. I am not looking for any special rights due to who I am. I just want to enjoy the same freedoms as every other citizen and to be left alone. I know that my reason for carrying is different than 100% (with mine thrown out as the official margin of error) of other users on here. All that said, I know who I am. I value my life more than to let someone with a problem with me take that problem out on me.