I started carrying after an unnerving situation when my kids were little. We were visiting the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago - just the kids (then 6 yo girl and twin 4 yo boys) and me. The kids were tired and restless as we waited for our train home and I could feel all eyes on them - well almost all eyes. There was one guy who was obviously watching my bag.
I didn’t care if he took the bag - leftover snacks and a couple of souvenirs would have been easily replaced. But when his attention turned to my daughter, my heart raced. I had no way of truly defending my daughter in that situation. I wasn’t prepared and that had to change.
After that spring break trip, I enrolled my kids in TaeKwonDo and learned how to defend myself as well. I took my CC class and got really familiar with my gun.
My kids are much older now and are all black belts. I have no doubt they can make a valiant effort at their own self defense without a gun (they’re not old enough to carry yet). And I’ll be there to train with them when they get their CC.
Why did you start carrying?