For those of you who EDC a handgun, I was wondering what made you come to the decision to do so, and what pros and cons there are. I'm from Canada, and our handgun laws are extremely strict. We are only allowed to bring the handgun directly from our home to a shooting range or gun smith and back. The firearm can only be loaded when at a approved shooting range. We also require paperwork to transport the firearm to said destination. If we forget the paperwork, our firearms license, to trigger lock AND case lock the gun, or deviate from a reasonably direct path, we are faced with serious criminal charges. Needless to say, we are not allowed to carry a handgun. It seems our government believes that the idea of the citizens carrying handguns will lead to wild west shootouts. Sadly, it seems a majority of the Canadian public believes this is exactly what happens in the USA. I am of the opinion that personal safety should be a universal human right. I hate the fact that my family and/or I could be robbed, beaten and killed over our material goods. Even worse is that I can't do anything about it. We don't have any type of stand your ground laws. If somebody broke into my house and wanted to steal all of its contents, I am expected to attempt to escape and call the police. Failing this, I am able to ask the person to leave. If he doesn't, there isn't anything I can do. In the event that he threatens or attacks me, I can use the minimum amount of force required to stop the attack - nothing more. If he does pull a gun on me, then I am allowed to use my firearm. The sad part is that if it comes to this, I will then be charged with unsafe storage and dangerous discharge of the firearm. Do a google search of "Ian Thompson". The person was not convicted, but spend a huge part of his retirement funds to fight the police in court. With all of this being said, I doubt there will ever be a day that I will have the option of CCW in this country. But for those of you that can, and do, what sort of responsibilities do you feel have been put on your shoulders? Do you feel that you should protect the general public if needed? Do you feel that it is your responsibility to take training courses and become proficient with the firearm under certain situations?