Welcome from NC!
Most have been taking care of themselves for a long while. A weapon readily available to protect ones self or family is just another tool in one's own tool box of life. I make the decision not some LEO 10 minutes out as this conflict unfolds. My CC is the tool that allows me to be able to engage verses being toed tagged as an innocent bystander. Live on your knees or stand your ground.
I'm not the one initiating the conflict. I'm the one that will terminate the threat to me and my family per Law.
Welcome- I second some of the other sentiments. A gun is just a tool at your disposal when all else fails. It should never be looked at as the way to take care of yourself.
Firearms training is of the utmost importance when you decide to carry one for protection. But, what is even more important is the determination to "Train your Brain". Your brain will be the weapon you utilize the most when it comes to protecting youself and your loved ones.