Just Say N2O, Very well said, Thank You.
I grew up in a rural area, and I am forunate to still live in a rural area. The Police cannot be everywhere we are all the time and it is important in my opinion that we be able to protect ourselves, our family and our property.
Just today in Charlotte three were killed in an apartment parking lot right next door to the Police station. On the same news program I hear that they have broken up the largest gang in Charlotte with 62 arrest.
I do not have any problems with people that to not want to own guns, or have guns in their homes. That is their right and their decision to make.
I do have a problem if they don't want me to have a gun. I have NEVER been arrested for anything and do not even have a single point on my drivers license. I was raised to respect other people and their property, and most important raised to fear God and respect the law.
My wife and I both like to shoot, we collect guns and both have our CCW in North Carolina. My wife was the first female to get a permit issued in our county.
As Just Say N2O pointed out, you need to clearly understand the law. It is very important to know your weapon, know your abilities and most important the law.
I think CCW is a great thing. There has been less than ten instantances in North Carolina in almost ten years with close to 20,000 permits issued. The people against this said it would be a blood bath on the streets. In fact crime has gone down. I hope and pray I never have to use my gun to defend myself, but I will if needed.
I have three different guns I carry depending on weather and the type of clothing being worn. It has become second nature for me and I have never even had to think about pulling a gun on someone.
The training class is a must. Any state offering CCW is making a big mistake if they do not require it. If CCW is available in your state and you are not interested, it would be in your best interest to take the course anyway. You will get a lot out of it, ours in North Carolina is an 8 hour course and we did it all in one day.
CCW is a good thing. Unfornuately only the good guys take the course. The criminals don't bother with the law.