Hello all! I got my CCW this year and didn't realize at first how much there is to learn and consider regarding this awesome responsibility. The forum here has been a tremendous help and I thank you all. I hope to help contribute to the spirit of these forums.
I live in central MN, wonderful wife and three great kids - a computer programmer. Until last year, I felt that carrying was a bit extreme and not worth the hassle and risk. Then I was rocked by a close call - being stalked in a mostly deserted state park while on a walk w family. Fortunately we were able to retreat to safety through the woods and call 911 - they responded in 10 minutes (when seconds could count :-)) and everything was happily ever after. But the more I thought about what could have happened (wife, daughter 16yrs old, two young boys) I realized I was failing them miserably and in la-la land about how safe our little world was. It could have turned out much differently because of my lack of preparedness. In this case, I would have probably done everything the same... but 'what if' is alway on my mind.
So now I am at the other end of spectrum, carrying nearly all the time. My wife pats me down when we hug and just smiles. (She's going to get her ccw soon as well).