I was raised on a farm in KY and we nearly always ”carried.“ Usually a .22 rifle. It was a tool, like any other farm tool, used for a variety of purposes, including, but not exclusively, for defense. Then, I lived in urban and suburban areas for almost 30 years. Because my employer for most of those years forbid any carry, it did not dawn on me.
Now, I am living in a rural area of SC, and am older than I was 30 years ago (brilliant, huh?) and do not feel as capable of defending myself physically as I was. So, I decided to get a CWP. My wife, also in her 60s, took the SLED course, passed it and is also applying for a permit to carry.