I wasn't driven by any specific current events. It was just something that I felt I should do.
I think of these shootings where literally dozens of people are shot, waiting for "someone" to help. Well, I'm someone. I know that the police will get there... eventually. In the meantime, cowering and playing dead just isn't an option for me. I would just throw a chair or a rock, but there are better options out there. Like a pistol.
I work in a government facility, so I obviously won't be carrying there. I'm planning on just carrying a small caliber "mouse gun" in an ankle rig. That seems the best option to ensure I always have it. Except for the five days a year the weather is nice enough for shorts.
People argue about "stopping power" for a personal defense weapon. I'm just concerned about having access to a tool to prevent a tragedy. Any gun is better than stabbing a bad guy with scissors or a pencil.
I know all the Haters are already envisioning me shooting myself or irresponsibly leaving my loaded weapons unsecured. In my five plus decades I've never been that stupid. I don't plan to start now. Besides, if I didn't shoot myself when I was a USMC Machine Gunner, I probably already dodged that bullet.
The permit takes 30 days to process. In the meantime, it'll be scissors and rocks while I wait for the paper.