I met some of you all here but now I'm poking my head out and looking at the rest of the forum.
I'm a 24 year-old female from St. Louis, MO. When I say St. Louis, MO, I don't mean a tiny town an hour away. I live very much in the City, and I love it.
However, STL is notoriously battling Detroit year after year for the coveted Most Dangerous City in America title, and in the wake of a girl my age getting shot and killed over an attempted robbery of a cell phone two minutes from my apartment (in a bustling, but supposedly SAFE neighborhood that I frequent), I've decided it's time to obtain my CCW. I have always been terrified of guns, so I'm coming from absolutely zero knowledge, but it has been exhilarating. I'm enjoying all there is to learn and subsequently have gained a lot of respect towards firearms as tools. It's fascinating to me. Right now I'm in the research phase of purchasing my first firearm, and then I'll go for the licensing class.
Concealed carry within this city is pretty rare, let alone someone of my demographic (a young, urban, liberal female in the gun-world is some serious Twilight Zone shiznit), so this has been an interesting experience for me. But everyone so far has been very welcoming and I appreciate all the advice I've gotten so far. I am trying to absorb it all the best I can and I'm loving it. So thank you, and nice to meet you!