I was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. If there is any place in Illinois outside of Chicago that you need a gun for self defense, it's Decatur. I moved to the metro east area when I went to college. Now, I am proud to say that I've moved to St. Louis City and left behind the backward thinking socialist republic that is Illinois. I purchased my first handgun about two weeks after moving and I am working on getting my CCL currently. And I am very much enjoying both my new freedoms and the fact that my vote may actually count for once.