I grew up with them. That was just part of my family culture, like fishing and gardening. I even drove to high school a few times with my shotgun in the trunk (hunting after school with friends). Different times. My college room mate got me into it deeper, including reloading. Poor students couldn’t afford it any other way. There was an indoor pistol range on campus. After college we went to work at the same company, but my room mate interviewed Winchester too. We hunted and shot together for many years. Families came along and I drifted toward other outdoor interests like canoeing, kayaking, skiing, and cycling. I sold my guns but my buddy carried on with shooting and built a collection.I was never anti-gun, just looked at hunting, guns, practice shooting as a hobby for many and a 2nd amendment issue for others. Didn't have time for another hobby and was happy to defer to law enforcement's opinions as to what type of weapons should be allowed to private citizens. Strangely I now find myself watching YouTube videos of hand gun reviews and debating with myself about getting into it.
In 2018 my wife expressed interest in shooting and protection after some scary stuff in the area. We bought a few Sig Sauer pistols, took a couple of classes, and are among the 19 million Americans licensed for concealed carry. Technology had changed so much in 30 years, I felt like Rip Van Winkle. More classes are likely. Purchases too? It’s like golf or cycling in that there’s a lot of muscle memory involved. And safety! There’s a saying that’s so true: “When every second counts, the police are just minutes away”. That’s not their fault, it’s just reality. And use an alarm system in your home.
If you decide to proceed, don’t do what so many do in these times. Don’t just read up, buy something, and put it away. Take classes first if you can find one with loaners, test fire different guns (most big ranges have a rental fleet), then buy, join a range, and practice to build skills & reflexes. Store it safely too. Be a safe and responsible gun owner.