My brother was carjacked at gunpoint in his own driveway years ago. Although I didn't think about CCW then, he went out and bought a gun to keep in the house. THAT started me thinking. Years later as we started having kids I grew more concerned about self protection and taking care of my family. Then, after seeing the mess in N.O. after Katrina, those protective thoughts grew stronger. Va Tech was the final straw. I bought a G23 a month later and took my CCW class a few weeks ago. I hope to have my permit within the next month or two. In Michigan there are many places where you cant CC but I want to be able to carry, if I choose to in the places they allow it.