The most dangerous part about carrying, if you don’t approach it as a lifelong student of it, is a false sense of security. A gun might or might not help protect you. If you decide to carry a gun for self-defense use, know that it accomplishes nothing without extensive – and ongoing - training and practice. Aiming a gun at a target on the shooting range is one thing, and a fairly straightforward skill to master. But you must invest equal, if not more, effort in developing your observation skills, situational awareness, knowledge of the legal aspect of lethal force, basic defensive strategies, and of course, operation of your handgun under stressful conditions. You need to have trained your mind and body, through repetition, so your brain will know what do to when your normal reality goes out the window.