Hello to everyone. I am a lady 51 years young who has just recently considered getting my CHL at the urging of my husband. So, back in February, we both took a CHL class given by Seargent McGuire of the Fort Worth police. It was the largest class he had ever taught. During that class, I realized that roughly 30 years of listening to the media had really skewed my perception of people carrying guns and why. I did not see a room full of rednecks eager to shoot people for little or no reason. I saw law-abiding people just like me who wanted to be able to legally defend themselves and/or their loved ones in a moment of grave need. The people in that room were from all walks of life and mostly of mature years. I really was given a brand new perspective on the right to carry and with the research I have done since. I was raised on a small farm with exposure to guns, so as a child, I did not fear guns, but I did respect them for what they could do. As an adult, I never owned my own gun before. I just never thought about it during the years of raising my kids. However, in recent years, I have noticed that sensless violent crime is rising. I remember when being robbed did not mean getting shot even after you handed over the goods. Home invasions were unheard of. Driving on LBJ did not mean watching out for murderous drivers who have taken offense for little or no reason. Gangs were something they had out in LA, not Fort Worth. Having once been a victim of domestic violence in a former marriage, I am acutely aware of just how much stronger a man is than a woman if he wants to harm her. My current husband (a real sweetheart by the way) had become increasingly concerned for my safety since I am often at work when all others have left the building and often travel to more remote areas of east Texas alone. A few months back, someone tried to follow my car home one night. I believe it is my responsibility to become more knowledgeable of handguns and the laws involved if I am to carry a gun safely and use it only when absolutely necessary. I am reading several popular books on the law and firearms and I want to take more classes for hands on training. I am now a strong supporter of the right to carry and wanted to join this forum to learn more about it. If anyone can recommend a really good intro to handguns class and beginning tactical training offered in the metroplex, I would appreciate it. Thanks for listening!