My first handgun was the day I turned 21.
There was no political influence
The main reason I bought a handgun was self defense.
My pistol stays on me or right next to me. I cannot afford a safe and there are never any children in my dwelling.
I went with an xd 9mm. I found it to be a good compromise of comfort in my hand, price, round capacity reliability, easy to carry, clean etc. if I had more money I'd have gone with a sig p226 but I love my xd. I carry it everywhere I can.