I grew up in New York City. I got interested in shooting while at summer camp; all .22 rifle stuff. When I suggested that I'd be interested in learning more about shooting while at home, my parents went into shock. Realize that my father was a WWII vet from the Independent Czech Armored Brigade under the British Army, was proficient with firearms, and hated them. My mother was a concentration camp survivor. They spent weeks describing the horrors of owning firearms (I'll tell you how my grandfather's WWI revolver saved my mother's life before WWII some other time) until I was just worn down.
Fast forward to age 32. I'm married, in PA, have a young kid, and find out about black powder guns. Bought a rifle kit, finished the stock (hand rubbed linseed oil and everything), browned the barrel, and wanted to take a firearms safety course. All that was available nearby was an indoor pistol range. Went, was given a lesson by one of the range owners who put a S&W Model 19 in my hands, took me on the range, sent a target out to 7 yards, told me to load one, aim like he'd shown me, and fire. I hit the X. He told me to load another, aim and fire. Not an X but a 10. I then loaded 6 rounds. Nothing lower than a 9. I was utterly hooked. Never looked back. Ended up buying the used Model 19 6 months later (wasn't rented out much because everybody wanted to pot away with 9mm). 24 years later I still have that Model 19, still shoot it, and I keep it for home defense. I also have other handguns, shoot at ranges and occasional matches.