I would say the "final straw" was when I found out that one of my neighbors was tied up in his house by burglars in the middle of the day. The killed his dog but let him live. I live in a really nice part of town, nothing ever like this, so to see it start to trickle in... made me realize nowhere is safe. So I bought my gun for home protection and then realized i would need it to be a carry gun after remembering an incident at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall here in Florida, where a lady and her daughter were shot and killed in their SUV in the parking lot when returning to it from shopping. Not going to be a victim, and seeing that I am married now, I have another life to look after.