Made my change two years ago. Moved out of the Phoenix Valley. Obtained my CCW. Stopped going to large events. Do not patronize establishments who prohibit CCW. (Except the VA) Got my wife into shooting (she now shoots better than me within 10 yds) Developed a defense in depth around my property. Obtained more effective ammo for my weapons.
My rule on ammo is if you run out before the fight is finished then you don't have enough. Carry 2 spare mags with all of my autos with 2 additional mags and a box of ammo in the truck. That equates to 22 45 ACP for my 1911 and 45 rounds for my TA/TZ 9mm on my person.
As Bruce Willis said "Satan Clause is out there be Prepared Son, Be Prepared"