When I was about 17 my oldest brother, an avid civilian competition shooter, taught me gun safety and tried his best to teach me how to shoot. Later, in my 20s, the Air Force trained me on the M16. I decided I didn’t need a gun for a very long time afterward.
Retired now, it seemed reasonable to re-learn how to handle a gun safely, so my wife and I signed up for an Intro course at a local range. Later I took the next step and got a Concealed Carry card.
I read an article about how legal costs could skyrocket, even after a justified shooting, and about the many organizations aimed at protecting me from such costs. I decided to join the USCCA because even if I never draw on another person, their forums and training materials are worth the membership fees.