Hello everyone! I'm new to defensive carry but happy I've made this choice. I used to think that guns were for paranoid people and that carrying a gun was not necessary because we already have the police to protect us. After witnessing the L.A. riots when I lived in California and later the chaos after hurricane Katrina hit Lousiana while I lived in Texas, I've realized the police either WILL NOT or CANNOT protect law abiding citizens during times of disaster. I'm also now married and have two young daughters to look after. THIS IS WHY I CARRY. I now know that I can protect my family from thugs who dont give a damn about my family's life. I hope to learn from my new forum brothers and sisters and hope never to have to use my weapon, but will not hesitate to place someone in a state of permanent sleep if need be!