Episode 112 with Ben Branam

Can you protect innocent victims at home, at work, and on the street? Firearms instructor Ben Branam brings us three news stories of armed civilians who protected themselves.. and those they love. (14 minute audio podcast)

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 112 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. This podcast is for people who might want a gun for self-defense, and for those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse and Ben Branam is our co-host. Ben, how have you been?

Ben- Hi, Rob.  I’ve been busy moving into a new house and teaching classes.

Rob- Please introduce our podcast to our new listeners.

Ben- We study three recent examples of armed defense. These gun owners survived a life threatening situation because they were armed. Ask yourself what you would do in their place.

Our first story took place last week in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed as you go shopping?  

You’re sitting in your car at Walmart when a man runs up and pulls open your driver’s side door. He has a knife in his hands and tells you to get out of your car. You put up your hands and are cut on your hands and arms several times. You slide toward the passenger side, and pull your gun from under the seat. Now your attacker runs away.

The attacker runs to a car waiting in a nearby drive-through lane. This time the woman in the car slides out of the car and grabs her gun from under the seat. Again, the criminal runs away.

Police arrest the criminal as he hid in a nearby bathroom. The criminal had robbed the Walmart a minute before the first assault.

Ben- lucky versus good practice

Ben- Have a gun.

Ben- Pogo. lock your car doors. Practice drawing your firearm when you’re seated.

Our second story happened last week in Memphis, Tennessee.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed as you arrive home?

You drive up to your house and notice that the door is open. You hear your dog barking. You walk inside and see two young men. They see you and pull handguns from their pockets. You dive for your front closet and take out a rifle. It is loaded and your shoot both of your attackers. Now you back out of the house and call police. You show the police your surveillance tapes. That shows the break in and you defending yourself.

Both robbers die at the scene.

Ben- This homeowner was lucky rather than smart.

Rob- What do you tell your students to do?

Ben- He had a video system. Add a simple alarm system to it. That way he would have known not to enter his home.

Rob- Call the police. Let them chase the bad guys.

Rob- So avoid the avoidable gun fight so you don’t get shot.

Ben- I am glad he had a rifle for self-defense. That works.

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Rob- Third story- Are you armed when you’re at work?

You work at a roofing company. One of the employees is upset. There is an argument in the front office and you walk over to see what is going on.  The employee threatens you and says he’s going to get even. He storms out of the building. You have other employees outside. You follow him. The angry employee grabs a gun from his truck. You tell him to put the gun down. He points the gun at you. You are carrying concealed. You draw and shoot your attacker. You go back into the building and call police and EMTs.

The police take your attacker to the hospital. You show police your security video. They identify the employee as a convicted felon, so he shouldn’t have had a gun in the first place. Your attacker faces charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Ben- This time the defender had a gun on him.

Ben- He could have locked the office doors, but that would have left the people in the parking lot on their own to face an armed attacker.

Exit- Rob- That wraps up this episode. Ben, thank you for helping us today. Where can we learn more about you?

Ben- You can find me at Modern Self Protection.com.  I live in San Antonio, and most of my classes are in central Texas.  I teach armed self-defense and church security. Listeners can see my class schedule at my website, and they can also listen to my podcast Modern Self-Protection.

Rob- You can share your thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Ben-   If you liked this show, then you’ll like the other podcasts on the Self-defense radio network. We share this podcast with you for free.  Please share it with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes and Stitcher.  We’re also available on Google Play Music and Spotify.

Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

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Episode 111 with Amanda Suffecool

Can you protect innocent victims at home, at work, and on the street? Firearms instructor Amanda Suffecool brings us three news stories of armed civilians who protected themselves.. and those they love. (15 minute audio podcast)

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 111 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who might want a gun for self-defense, and for those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse. We have firearms instructor Amanda Suffecool with us as co-host.

Hi, Amanda.  How have you been?

Amanda- Hi, Rob.  I’ve been busy training and building houses.   We have held a woman’s day on the range this past weekend,  and I have just been asked to speak at the Heller-ten event in DC on the 10th anniversary of the Heller vs DC decision.    So – as they say, what have you been up to… nothing much. What about you – Rob

Rob- I practiced at the range, and received an order of ammunition for a training class I’m taking. Please introduce our podcast to our new listeners.

Amanda- We study three recent examples of armed defense.  These gun owners survived a life threatening situation because they were armed. What should we do in their place?

Our first story took place last week in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Here’s what happened.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed at a restaurant?  

You walk out of a restaurant when you hear shots coming from inside. The restaurant is posted as a gun-free zone, so you left your gun in your car. You run back and grab your handgun. You see people streaming out of the building and you work your way upstream looking for the problem. You see injured people lying on the ground. You shout asking, “Where is the shooter,” and people point out the side door. You follow them.

You see a man standing in the parking lot with a gun in his hands. You yell for him to drop the gun. He turns toward you and fires. You shoot back. The attacker drops to the ground. You look around and see another civilian with a gun pointed at the attacker. You nod to him and step back.

Then you remember that your holser is in your car. You stay at the scene. Police arrive a few minutes later.

Amanda- had a gun (wasn’t on him, but he had one.) This is why gun free zones are such an issue with pro 2A folks

Amanda- The defender took a risk – one that you would want someone to do if you were one of the injured,  but one that is a concern on its own. He ran toward the problem

Amanda- More than one defender. When the first defender stopped shooting, the second defender lowered his gun. They were both reticent to shoot, and that is exactly the attitude we want.

Amanda- Our second story happened last week in Worcester, (woo’-ster) Massachusetts.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed at work?   

You’re working behind the counter at a small market. It is 8:40 in the evening. You hear a lady scream and look up. A man is standing behind the woman and has a knife at her throat. The attacker says this is a robbery. You see the fear in the woman’s face and put your hand on your gun. The woman drops to the ground. You draw and shoot the attacker three times. He runs from the store and you call police.

The police arrest the attacker outside your store.

Amanda- He didn’t wait until the man with the knife was close to him.  But at the same time – it’s was obvious that the guy with a knife was a threat.  

Amanda- This clerk honored the witnesses. He defended an innocent person..and then stopped shooting.

Amanda- Our third story happened last week in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Rob- Third story- Are you armed at home?  

It is almost 11 at night. You hear a car horn and hear your mom yell from the front of your home. She is driving behind your home and still honking her car horn. You grab your gun and open the back door. You see a man pointing a gun at your mom. He points his gun at you and fires. You shoot back. The robbers run and you call police.

Police said the teens may have been involved in two other overnight armed robberies.

Amanda- In all three cases, the defenders were involved while defending a third party of a family member.

Rob- It happens.

Amanda- It happens, and we have to think about it ahead of time.

Amanda- The first rule of a gun fight is have a gun. Our defender did not have time to go outside, assess the situation, and then go get his gun. He had his tools on him.

Rob- and he used them.

Amanda- Unfortunately, he missed. 11 at night, low light, hard to see the sights. Perhaps its the length of the shot – a shot from your back door to the parking lot.

Rob- Do you teach that to your students?

Exit-  Rob- That wraps up this episode. Amanda, thank you for helping us today.  Where can we learn more about you?

Amanda- You can find me at eye on the target radio radio. I have two radio programs and I instruct on the weekends.

Rob- Thank you for inviting me on your show, Amanda. It is a call in show so you can talk to her on Sunday evening.

Rob- You can share your thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Amanda-  If you liked this show, then you’ll like the other podcasts on the Self-defense radio network.

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Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back in two weeks with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

 

Episode 110 with Andee Reardon

Can you protect yourself at home, at work, and on the street? Firearms instructor Andee Reardon brings us three news stories of armed civilians who protected themselves.. and those they love. (14 minute audio podcast)

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 110 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who might want a gun for self-defense, and for those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse. We have firearms instructor Andee Reardon as co-host.

Hi, Andee.  How have you been?

Andee- Hi, Rob.  I’ve been good and running several classes this weekend.

Rob- Please introduce our podcast to our new listeners.

Andee- We study three recent examples of armed defense to see what we can learn.  These gun owners survived a life threatening situation because they were armed. What would you in their place?

Our first story took place last week in Ocala, Florida. This is what happened.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed at home?  

You got a call from your mom. She is out of town but the security cameras noticed some motion in the front yard and called her smartphone. She recognized her ex-boyfriend creeping around her house and your mom called police. She also called you. The police came out, but didn’t find her ex-boyfriend.

Later, you hear a crash from the front of the house. You walk into the hallway to see mom’s ex-boyfriend heading for the bedroom where your younger brother and sister sleep. You shout and shoot the intruder. Now he runs.

You call police..again. They catch the intruder a few blocks away and take him to the hospital.

Andee- Many women who come to me for training want to carry a gun because they are worried this will happen to them.

Rob- How do you help them?

I was pleased to see she had a gun in the home and security cameras.  These are two things I always recommend in this type of situation.

Rob- Talk about access to firearms for your family.

Andee- It’s a good thing her son was there and was armed. Abusive relationships never end well and often the abuser will remain angry long after they seperate. He may have been looking for his ex girlfriend or wanting to take revenge on her children. Thankfully he was never given that chance.

Rob- You train families. How old do children be to be included in self-defense plans..and family problems like a violent boyfriend?

Andee- Our second story happened last week in Dallas, Texas.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed at work?   

It is early in the morning and your shop is already open. A customer walks up and puts a bag on the counter. Then he demands the money from the cash register. You back away and the robber tries to pick up the entire cash register. That doesn’t work and the robber pushes you. There are other customers in the store.

You draw your gun and shoot the robber. Now he runs outside. You call police.

They find the robber sitting at a nearby gas station. He is arrested and taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Andee- I wish we knew more about this story. The first thing I take from it is a man working at a store which is a typical target for robberies was ready and had a pistol for protection.

Rob- Do you have a larger requirement not to get hand-to-hand if you’re carrying a firearm?

Andee- Sounds to me like the cashier waited until things got physical before defending himself.

Rob-When can we defend yourself?

You can’t just shoot someone because they put a bag on the counter and demand money. If someone demands money, you have to make a choice to either comply or get away. Once they threaten physical harm, produce a weapon or physically attack you, you’ll need to protect yourself and quick.

Our third story happened last week in Roanoke, VA

 

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Rob- Third story- Are you armed when you sell your motorcycle?

You don’t ride any longer, so you want to sell your motorcycle. You find a buyer and agree to meet at a nearby parking lot just after work. It is still light out. You meet the buyer and his friend. Both men are in their early 20s. They like the bike. You ask for the cash before you sign over the title and bill of sale.

That is when the buyer draws a handgun and demands the keys. You draw your gun and shoot the robber in the neck. He drops his gun and falls to the ground. The other robber runs. You call police.

The robber is transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Both robbers are charged with aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.

Andee-  This is why I teach to make sales and transactions at your local police department.

Andee-The man selling the bike was lucky his reaction was quicker than their action. Having a gun already drawn on you is a bad time to try to unholster. My guess is the would-be robbers thought he would be an easy target and underestimated him. He was outnumbered and a bit older than them. Guns are the great equalizer.

Rob- What would you do, and what would you tell your students to do?

It’s important to practice drawing your gun. You can do this in your home with your pistol checked and unloaded. Practice clearing your clothing and drawing from the holster. You should start out slow and get good muscle memory of how you will draw, then add speed. Drawing your gun should be quick and smooth but reholstering should be slow and deliberate.

Exit-  Rob- That wraps up this episode. Andee, thank you for helping us today.  Where can we learn more about you?

Andee- You can find me at EastCoastSchoolofSafety.com and on my facebook and Instagram pages with the same name.

Rob- You can share your thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Andee-   If you liked this show, then you’ll like the other podcasts on the Self-defense radio network. We share this podcast with you for free.  Please share it with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes and Stitcher.  We’re also available on Google Play Music and Spotify.

Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

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Episode 109 with Tony Simon

Can you protect yourself at home, at work, and on the street? Firearms instructor Tony Simon brings us three news stories of armed civilians who protected themselves.. and those they love. What would you do in these situations?

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 109 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who might want a gun for self-defense, and for those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse. We have firearms instructor Tony Simon as co-host.

Hi, Tony.  How have you been?

Tony- Hi, Rob.  I’ve been working on getting the 2A4E podcast on iTunes, Anchor, Pocket Cast, Overcast and Radio Public. Finding sponsors for our Minuteman Challenge events.

Rob- Please introduce our podcast to our new listeners.

Tony- We study three recent examples of armed defense to see what we can learn.  These gun owners survived a life threatening situation because they were armed. What would you in their place?

Our first story took place last week in Trinity, Alabama.  Here’s what happened.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed at home?  

You hear your back door breaking at 2 in the morning. You and your roommate go to investigate. There is an armed stranger in your home. You tell him to get out and he attacks both of you with a knife. You’re cut, but you run and get your gun. You run back to the fight. You start shooting when your roommate gets clear of his attacker.

You call police and ask for medical transport. You and your roommate go to the hospital to have your wounds treated. Your attacker is taken to the morgue. Only three days ago, your attacker was charged with assault, kidnapping and domestic abuse after he attacked his girlfriend.

Rob- What do you see, Tony?

Tony-  The door was locked and the intruder had to make noise breaking into the home. That alerted the residents that there was a problem. Too many people don’t lock their doors because they live in a “good “ neighborhood. Securing your door gives you time to react when a bad guy attempts to get into your home. Good locks, a solid door and a sturdy door frame means your home is harder to crack.

Rob- How much does it cost to buy myself another 30 seconds during a breakin?

Tony- The two roommates went to investigate what they obviously thought could have been a break in. “Plan for the worst and hope for the best.” isn’t just a old saying, it’s good advice. Take your defensive tool with you, in this case they should’ve taken the firearm with them. If it was a false alarm then walking around armed wouldn’t have been a big deal. Having to fight off a knife wielding bad guy is a big deal.

Rob- What about a flashlight?

Tony- Too many people feel a knife isn’t as deadly as a firearm and it’s “unfair” to shoot someone that’s only armed with a knife. A knife is a deadly close combat weapon that you don’t have to be very skilled with to be deadly, it’s as dangerous as a gun at close distances and it doesn’t jam or run out of bullets. When armed with a gun against a knife wielding attacker distance is your ally. If you can move behind something and create distance it’s going to be advantageous for you. A bad guy that has to run around furniture and down a hallway to stab you has a much higher risk of being shot multiple times than a bad guy that only has to take a couple of steps to stab you.

Our second story happened last week in Gainesville, Florida.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed as you walk home from the movies?

Your family is coming home from a late movie. While the car is parked, a stranger walks up and presents a gun. The robber demands your money and your car. The story isn’t clear if you got out of the car, but you shot the robber several times. The robber ran to a waiting car. The robber and his accomplis drove away and they crashed a few blocks away. The accomplice fled and the attacker died. Police recovered the attacker’s gun at the scene of the crime. Family members blame the robbery victims for the attacker’s injuries.

Tony, what should we do if a group of us are attacked?

Tony-  If your family or usual circle of friends know you carry concealed you need to tell them to not “out “ you as the “good guy with a gun”. You may or may not choose to use your firearm during an armed encounter. You may be able to de-escalate the situation, distract the bad guys or other options.

Tony- This bad guy was shot multiple times with a handgun and he ran away. Handgun wounds usually make people stop what they are doing and run away. Defenders need to be prepared to shoot until the bad guys stop attacking and then stop shooting as soon as they aren’t a threat.

Tony- Our third story happened last week in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Rob- Third story- Are you armed when you leave McDonald’s with your child?

It is the middle of the afternoon. You are walking out of the restaurant with your infant in your arms. Four men get out of their car and attack you. You defend yourself. You draw a gun and shoot your attackers. They drive away. All four were arrested for aggravated robbery. One of the robbers was charged for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Tony-  This is a nightmare that no parent wants to face. Having to use a firearm while holding your child and facing multiple attackers. This requires skills that few people ever practice because they can’t imagine it happening.

Tony- As a armed parents this is a scenario that should be viewed as a possibility. Melody Lauer of Citizens Defense Research is one of the few instructors that teaches how to handle this exact scenario in her class “Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent“.

Rob- I’ll put a link in the show notes.

Tony- Learning to shoot and move while hitting your target is important as is learning to fire accurately using one hand. These are skills that need to be practiced to become competent doing as an armed citizen.

Exit-  Rob- That wraps up this episode. Tony, thank you for helping us today.  Where can we learn more about you?

Tony- My website is Diversityshoot.com You can find me on Instagram and facebook at Simon Says Train and The 2nd is For Everyone.

Rob- You can share your thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Tony-   If you liked this show, then you’ll like the other podcasts on the Self-defense radio network. We share this podcast with you for free.  Please share it with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes and Stitcher.  We’re also available on Google Play Music and Spotify.

Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

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Episode 108 with Jeff Street

Can you protect yourself at home, at work, and on the street? Firearms instructor Jeff Street brings us three news stories of armed civilians who protected themselves.. and those they love. (17 minute audio podcast)

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 108 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who might want a gun for self-defense, and for those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse. We have firearms instructor Jeff Street with us as co-host.

Hi, Jeff.  How have you been?

Jeff- Hi, Rob.  I’ve been at TacCon, and teaching a lot of people how to draw and re-holster safely

Rob- And I was at the NRA convention.  I also took a medical first responder class. Good stuff, but tourniquets leave bruises. Ouch. Jeff, Please introduce our podcast to our new listeners.

Jeff- We study three recent examples of armed defense to see what we can learn.  These gun owners survived a life threatening situation because they were armed. What should you do in their place?

Our first story took place last week in Belleview, Florida.  This is what happened.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed at home?  

You drive up to your home. As you walk  towards the door, you notice a window is broken. Rather than go inside, you call your sister for help. She drives over, and she has her gun. You shout that you’re home, and a man shouts back. He grabs his backpack and runs into the woods. You get a picture of him on your phone.

The police bring a K9 unit and the dog soon finds the burglar. The police find evidence on the intruder, and personal property bagged inside the home. The burglar is charged with burglary and larceny.

The judge initially assigned a 12 thousand dollar bond, but then reviewed the burglar’s criminal history of burglary, grand theft and trafficking in stolen property and revoked bail.

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Alarm?

Didn’t go inside / good

When we 1st arrive home we are in condition yellow (just like outside) until we are satisfied it is safe.

Called armed sister / how about carrying a gun yourself?

How about calling 911?

Yelling “I’m home.” from outside worked out ok this time.

Getting a picture of him on your cell phone / yes be a good witness as long as your not putting yourself into unreasonable danger.

Jeff- Our second story happened last week in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed on the street?   

You’re a small 23 year old woman. It is about three in the afternoon and you’re walking down the street. A man pushes you from behind. He grabs your purse and tries to run away. You hang on and fight him. He hits you. You draw your handgun and shoot your attacker once in the chest. He starts to run and then falls. You stand there for a minute, then run into a nearby store. You drop your gun as you enter. Another customer steps out of the store and picks it up and brings in inside the store. You call police.

You received your carry permit last year. You bought your gun and started carrying last week.

Jeff- Small woman with the great equalizer (a firearm)

When are they going to start putting gps trackers into purses?

Where was the firearm? Was it in the purse and she managed to get to it in the struggle?

If so probably not the scenario she imagined when she chose purse carry.

We need to think about how we are going to safely re-holster our gun after the incident while under duress.

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In a more perfect purse scenario, nothing of real value is in the purse.  Credit card and defensive tools are on body.

One shot to the chest and the fight was over.  Excellent!

A witness called 911.  He refers to the attacker that is now on the ground as the “victim”.

Once that thought is placed in the 911 operators head, the witness has a difficult time getting through to the 911 operators the reality of the circumstances.

How about saying; to 911 the threat is over I need and ambulance and law enforcement.  The attacker has been shot. The firearm has been secured by a 3rd party. Currently everyone on site is safe.  We need an ambulance for the attacker.

That seems difficult.  What we need to do after hearing a SDGS is to write down and practice what we would say.  We can look it over and think about how the 911 operator will react to our words.

It took her a year after getting a permit to buy a gun.  Maybe she received additional training in the meantime?

Rob- We need to practice what we want to say, and also practice when we need to be quiet.

Jeff- Our third story happened last week in Mexia, (Meh-hay-ha)Texas.

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Rob- Third story- Are you armed when you’re at home?  

It is a weekday morning when someone rings your doorbell and wakes you up. You answer the door and the stranger asks if someone lives there. You say that person doesn’t live there and probably never did. You watch the stranger walk away. He walks towards the trees, but doesn’t leave. You lock your door. You wake your teenage daughter and tell her to get your the bedroom with the dogs. Your daughter calls 911.

You hear the crash of breaking glass coming from the front of your house. You grab your gun from the side table and step into the hall. The intruder is back and has a shovel raised over his head.

You point your gun at him and say, “If you take one more step I’ll kill you.” He runs.

You lock your bedroom door and wait for the police. They arrive 14 minutes later. They find the intruder in a nearby trailer park and arrest him for burglary

Jeff-  It was a weekday morning.  Were you expecting company?  Even so make him tell you through the door why they are there?  Don’t open the door and say “you must be the repairman i called”.

Our home owner was not wearing a gun when she answered the door

Our home owner looked through the blinds to see if the creepy guy left.  Creepy guy may have noticed this. Video surveillance cameras would have been handy.

When creepy guy didn’t leave they called 911.  Good move.

You hear a crash of breaking glass. Please get some 3m security film installed.

Grab your gun instead of wearing your gun.

“Take one more step and i will kill you” and the gun pointed at him was enough to change his mind this time.

After all this, it takes 14 minutes for the police to arrive.  When it comes to immediate safety for you and your family, you are on your own.

Exit-  Rob- That wraps up this episode. Jeff, thank you for helping us today.  Where can we learn more about you?

Jeff- You can find me at Step by Step Gun Training in Naples Florida.  We provide custom training courses as well as group classes. Our listeners can leave me a message for us on the Step by Step Facebook page.

Rob- You can share your thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Jeff- We share this podcast with you for free.  Please share it with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes and Stitcher.  We’re also available on Google Play Music and Spotify.

Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

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Episode 107 with Robyn Street

Can you protect yourself at home, at work, and on the street? Firearms instructor Robyn Street brings us three news stories of armed civilians who protected themselves.. and those they love. (18 minute audio podcast)

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 107 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who might want a gun for self-defense, and for those who already have one.  I’m Rob Morse and we have firearms instructor Robyn Street as co-host.

Hi, Robyn.  How have you been?

Robyn- Hi, Rob.  I’ve been busy. Lots of training for myself and for my students.  How have you been doing?

Rob- I’ve been to the range several times, sometimes for my training and sometimes with new students.

Rob- Please introduce our podcast to our new listeners.

Robyn- We study three recent examples of armed defense to see what we can learn. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they good?  These stories also document cases when an armed citizen was able to defend themselves. We often hear about firearms when they are used to commit violent acts, but we do not often hear when armed citizens survive potentially deadly attacks because they are armed.  Next time you are asked “why do you need a firearm” share one of these stories. Our first story took place last week in Iredell County, North Carolina. Here’s what happened.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed at home?  

It is sunrise on Sunday morning. You hear your dog bark. Your wife and two young kids are asleep, so you pad downstairs to see what is bothering the dog. A man is standing inside your screen porch trying to get into your house. You grab your 22 rifle and walk out the side door. You enter your porch and tell the man to lie down. He does. You call police.

The policeman fights with the suspect to take him into custody. The intruder faces charges of breaking and entering, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.

Robyn- Not a time or place we would think of being at risk.  We need to be prepared at all times.

Rob- Your back porch on a Sunday morning is usually a place to relax and read the paper.

Robyn- Dogs are a great alarm system.

Rob- Dogs vs electronics?

Robyn- If the intruder is not in the house, then stay safe inside.  Harden your home now so that it can provide the most amount of protection possible.

Rob- What would you tell your students to do in this case?

Robyn- Have a plan, gather your family in the most defensible location.  Call 911 and get help on the way. 911 is recorded and can be used as evidence if necessary.

Rob- Gun, family, phone..In what order?

Robyn-a 22 rifle might not be the best caliber choice but it beats not having anything.  Several of the people that shoot with us are using 9mm carbines. Some of the carbines even use the same magazines as their pistols.

Rob- What do you like about them?

Robyn – I am glad that it worked out for the homeowner, but it is not our job to hold someone until the police arrive.  The robber was rummaging through his pockets and producing drug paraphernalia. What if he would have had a weapon in his pocket?

Rob- Say more about that.

Robyn- If our homeowner had more training, he would not have held the intruder. If the intruder moved to take something from the intruder’s pockets, the homeowner should have shot him. That is tough to explain in court, and is why we don’t hold suspect for the police.

Robyn- The homeowner mentioned that he did not want to shoot anyone, but that he would if that is what it would take to defend his family.  We need to make that decision now to lessen the likelihood of hesitation if we have to protect ourselves or our family.

Rob- Our homeowner hesitated, but he was safe this time.

Robyn- This  homeowner was lucky, but we can’t count on luck. Our second story happened last week in Tucson, Arizona.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed when you go shopping?   

It is dark outside. You finished your shopping and walk to your car. You set your purse and packages inside. You try to close your car door, but a man has grabbed the door. He tells you to get out of your car and give him the keys. He shouts at you. You grab your gun from your purse. You step out of your car and point your gun at your attacker. He has a hatchet in his hand. You tell him to leave. He raises his hand and you shoot him once in the center of the chest. He falls. You keep your gun on him and shout for people coming out of the store to call police.

Robyn- Don’t hesitate to ask mall security officers or grocery store employees to escort you to your car.  You are less likely to be attacked if you are not alone.

Rob- We hear about that during the Christmas shopping rush, but it happens all the time.

Robyn-If it is “dark” outside have your flashlight in hand and scanning the environment.  It sends a message that you are aware of your environment. Added bonus, the bad person has probably only seen police officers using a flashlight.

Rob- The light says you’re not their usual victim.

Robyn-It appears that the victim was distracted when transitioning to the car.  The attacker was close enough to grab the car door. Be aware and prepared. As soon as possible. Lock the doors, start the car and get out of the parking lot.

Rob- What should we do if we see someone standing in the parking lot and they are not moving towards their car?

Robyn- It would have been better is she could have been the first to call 911.  As I was reading the story, it was mentioned that she held the attacker until the police arrived.  It is not our job to hold the attacker. In most cases, I would say that the victim should get away from the attacker.  The police can catch them later.

Robyn- Our third story happened last week in Saint, Louis Missouri.

 

Rob- Third story- Are you armed when you’re at home?  

You’re in your bedroom at the back of the house. It is 9:30 at night when you hear shouting from the front door. Then you hear gunshots and you hear one of your housemates shout in pain. You grab your gun and walk toward the noise. An older man who lives at the house is on his knees and looks hurt. A stranger is standing in the front room yelling that he wants his money. The stranger raises his gun and you shoot the intruder. Now he runs. You call police and EMTs.

The police arrest the wounded robber and take him to the hospital.

Robyn- That did not turn out as the robber had planned.  Harden your home to make it difficult for a bad person to get to you.  Keep the doors locked.

Rob- Seconds count. How should we have our gun?

Robyn- I am glad the friends of the victim had immediate access to their firearm.  They did not suffer from disbelief and denial. The situation was bad and they took immediate action to stop the situation.

Rob- This all happened very fast.

Robyn- In this case after the attacker was shot in the leg, the attacker decided to run away.  As he was running away, he was still firing his gun. Another neighbor started to fire at the attacker.  This is very troubling. We are responsible for every round that we fire. You have to know your target, what is around it, behind it and beside it.  Luckily no other bystanders were hit in this exchange. My advise, if the attacker is running away, let him go. As so as it is safe to do so, call the police.  Get help on the way. The police can find him later.

Robyn- The first victim was shot.  This highlights the importance of medical training and medical kits.  You are the first responder for yourself, your family and your friends.

Robyn-We need to train to have good situational awareness, plan for what ifs and worst case scenarios, study the laws, maximize our physical fitness and practice with our firearms to become as proficient as possible.  

Robyn- These stories are a great training tool.  They actually happened to someone else. We know what they did.  What would you do?

Exit-  Rob- That wraps up this episode. Robyn, thank you for helping us today.  Where can we learn more about you?

Robyn- You can find me at Step by Step Gun Training in Naples Florida.  We provide custom training courses as well as group classes.  Our listeners can leave me a message for us on the Step by Step Facebook page.

Rob- You can share your thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Robyn-  We share this podcast with you for free.  Please share it with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes and Stitcher.  We’re also available on Google Play Music and Spotify.

Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

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Episode 106 with David Cole

Can you protect yourself at home and at work? Firearms instructor David Cole brings us three news stories of armed civilians who protected themselves.. and those they love. (16 minute audio podcast)

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 106 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who might want a firearm for self-defense, and for those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse. Firearms instructor David Cole with us as co-host.

Hi, David.  How have you been?

David- Hi, Rob.  I’ve been building an 80% Glock 19, shooting USPSA, and getting ready for the NRA Annual Meeting.

Rob- Please introduce our podcast to our new listeners.

David- Each week we study three recent examples of armed defense to see what we can learn. What should we do if we were in their situation. Our first story took place last week in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Here’s what happened.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed at home?

Someone knocks at your front door at 430 in the morning. A few seconds later there is yelling from your front room. Two armed men are shouting orders. You grab your gun. These two strangers point a gun at you and you shoot them. You shoot them both. Your son is hurt. It isn’t clear from news reports whether he was struck by gunfire or hit by the robbers. You grab your son and drive him to the hospital.

Neighbors hear the gunshots and call 911. The police find one robber dead in your home. They arrest the second robber when he goes to the hospital.

You’re attacker has been arrested at least 8 times before. His latest arrest was only two months ago for robbery. This time he is charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, first-degree burglary and firearms possession by a felon.

 

David- This one sounds pretty bad, but it certainly could have been much worse. The good news is that the homeowner had a gun and was able to get to it quickly enough to respond to the attack. A good rule of thumb is POGO…Pants On, Gun On. When you’re asleep, you do need some sort of secure storage such as a speed safe or similar, once you’re up the best place for your gun is on your person.

Rob- When do your students learn about where to store their firearms so they can get to them?

David- CCW classes teach that material.

Rob- If you have your concealed carry permit, do you even know how to draw a gun quickly and safely?

David- As far as the ability to quickly engage multiple targets accurately…you know where I stand on that, Rob. First of all, go get some training in defensive pistol shooting. Both the NRA and Second Amendment Foundation offer defensive pistol classes, and there are plenty of other instructors out there as well. Then to keep those skills sharp…and improve them…I’m a big fan of action pistol competition such as USPSA and IDPA.

Rob- If you had to guess, how many of your students compete?

David- Our second story happened last week, and was right next to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed at work.

It is late at night at this convenience store. A man comes in. You watch him. Rather than select an item, the customer walks directly to the counter. The man has a gun in his hand, and it is pointed at you. You push him away and try to run to the back room. He follows you.

It isn’t clear if your gun was kept in the back room of if kept your gun on you. You shoot your attacker. He runs.

You call police..and so does your attacker. Your attacker said he was shot in a drive by shooting. The police see the surveillance video from your store and arrest your attacker in the hospital. He is charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault.

-Please carry your gun on you. You don’t want to spend the rest of your life trying to get a gun to defend yourself.

Rob- David, how does a gun owner get his permit?

David- Of course, all states are different, but most require that you take some sort of class, and then take the certificate of completion from that class to apply for your permit. One website I recommend to learn about state laws regarding permitting and other topics surrounding concealed carry is handgunlaw.us  I have found them to be a reliable source for state firearms laws, as well as the NRA-ILA website.

Rob- Where would he then learn to shoot as he moves, and to shoot at very close targets?

David- Again, a good defensive pistol class such as offered by the NRA, SAF or others is the best place to start if you have never done that type of shooting before. I have shot the NRA course, but have not tried the SAF version yet. And my personal opinion is that if you have the time and money, the Gunsite Academy 250 Pistol class is the gold standard.

 

David- Our third story happened last week in Gaffney, South Carolina.

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Rob- Third story- Do you have a way to defend yourself in the early morning?

You hear a knock at your door. It is 3:30 in the morning. Your boyfriend answers the door and ask why they are knocking at that hour. Two armed men push the door open and throw your boyfriend against the wall. He breaks the wall as he hits it. The two intruders are armed. The one in front has a shotgun, and your boyfriend grabs it. You grab your gun.

The story isn’t clear if you had your gun with you or if you had to retrieve it. You shoot the large man fighting with your boyfriend. The attacker drops to the floor. The other intruder runs away. You call the police. Your attacker was pronounced dead at the scene from a shot to the head.

David- This is an interesting one, though we are missing some details. From the news story, it sounds like the defender shot the attacker at very close range. You are right that it is a difficult problem to solve, shooting in defense of another while tangled up in physical combat. Besides concerns of making an accurate shot, you also need to consider the angle of the shot. If the shot fully penetrates the bad guy, where is it going to go? I think you would want to get close enough to be 100% confident in your shot placement. And for the record, I decline your invitation to a tickle fight!

David- Both of our home invasion stories this week featured homeowners who opened the door without knowing who was outside. Both occurred during the very early morning hours, and although we don’t know how these folks lived, I know that I would find a knock on the door at 3 or 4 AM to be very suspicious. I don’t believe I would answer that knock, and I definitely would challenge the person outside to identify themselves before I even thought about opening the door. You know for sure that if I did open it, I’d be armed.

David- Another option is something called a wide-angle peephole. We’ve all seen the standard peepholes in hotel room doors, and although they’re better than nothing, it can be hard to see very well through them. A better option is a wide-angle peephole, with a bigger lens and wider field of view which makes it much easier to see who’s out there. You can find them at places like Lowe’s and Home Depot, or on Amazon. Also, high tech options such as wireless surveillance cameras and video view doorbells are also becoming more common and less expensive.

 

Exit- Rob- That wraps up this episode. David, thank you for helping us today.  Where can we learn more about you?

David- My training website is Aegis Solutions LLC on Facebook, and I’m also at BlackManWithAGun.com

Rob- You can share your thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

David-   If you liked this show, then you’ll like the other podcasts on the Self-defense radio network. We share this podcast with you for free.  Please share it with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes and Stitcher.  We’re also available on Google Play Music and Spotify.

Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

Episode 105 with Elizabeth Hautman

Can you protect yourself at home, at work, and as you drive? Firearms instructor Elizabeth Hautman brings us three news stories of armed civilians who protected themselves.. and those they love. (18 minute audio podcast)

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 105 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who might want a firearm for self-defense, and for those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse. We have firearms instructor Elizabeth Hautman with us as co-host.

Hi, Elizabeth.  How have you been?

Elizabeth- Hi, Rob.  I’ve been busy setting up my spring schedule.  Now is the time to take advantage of mild temps and quiet weekends before summer kicks in.

Rob- Please introduce our podcast to our new listeners.

Elizabeth- Each week we study three new examples of armed defense to see what we can learn. What should we do if we were in their situation? Our first story took place last week in Hesperia, California.  Here is what happened.

Rob- First story-  Is your firearm available to you late in the evening?  

You’re at home late in the evening. You’re in bed when you hear a really loud crash from the front of your home. You grab your gun and go to investigate. A stranger is standing in the front room and your front window is gone. You yell for him to leave, and then shoot him when he doesn’t. Now the intruder leaves. You retreat to your bedroom and call police.

EMTs take the intruder to the hospital. The police recognize the intruder. Your intruder was arrested for a parole violation two months ago and was let out of jail four days ago.

The news media asks you to comment, and you don’t. Police Sgt. Marc Bracco said, “We’re glad when any homeowner protects themselves, that’s what they need to do in these situations. That’s why you’re allowed to carry a firearm in your residence.”

Elizabeth, how do you store your guns at night?  

Elizabeth- Well Rob, there are two answers to that and it really depends upon whether the kids are home or not.  I always lock up my firearms when the kids are home. No question about it. Even though they are responsible, older teens, with firearms experience, we all know teens can be unpredictable and moody.  Also, i’m happy to welcome their friends into the house. No telling what their gun education is. So kids in the house, guns locked up, kids at dad’s gun in by my bed. We always have to make compromises when it comes to firearms access.  I know some who sleep with a firearm under their pillow. I don’t understand that. My gun would be on the floor with the extra blanket and pillows and no use to me anyway. I trust my training to access my firearm efficiently when the time comes.

Secondly,  I am not searching through my home looking for the intruder.  What if I hear one guy and there are three, what if I am outgunned, and besides, there is nothing beyond my room worth getting hurt over.

Rob- When would your students learn to shoot in low light?

Elizabeth- Indoor range, simulators are great for that type of practice.  We are fortunate to have that type of trainer in my town.

Rob- Do you talk about calling the police and what to say when they arrive?

Elizabeth- Absolutely….

Elizabeth- Our second story happened last week in Memphis, Tennessee.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed as you drive your car?

You’re driving for Uber Eats to pick up a few dollars. It is a few minutes after midnight on a weekday night. Your wife is riding along as you drive. You pull into  IHOP and pick up the order. You hand her the order and sit in the driver’s seat when three young men approach your car. One of them puts a gun to the driver’s side window and tells you to get out of the car and hand him your keys and your money.

Your wife is in the car. You grab your handgun that is sitting in the center console. You shoot the attacker closest to your driver’s window. Some of the other robbers are shooting at your car. You open the door and shoot back at them.

They run. You and  your wife go inside and call the police. Two of the robbers were arrested at the hospital. The police said they may be connected to another robbery earlier that night.

Elizabeth, this is pretty advanced self-defense. You have to defend yourself from multiple attackers in the dark, and you have someone else to protect so you can’t run.

Rob- Where would we learn to carry in a car?

Elizabeth-   Again, one step at a time.  Really we don’t know what we don’t know.  I have worked with the unconscious incompetent.  The student doesn’t have an inkling what they don’t know.   Then they take a class and begin to see the total sum of completeness of what there is to know and they become the consciously incompetent.  So the student becomes aware of their shortcomings and then hopefully becomes motivated to learn more. Hopefully to progress to unconsciously competent where the right thing to do becomes automatic.  That comes from training, training and more training. Incorporating muscle memory into the drill and just knowing what to do. I believe we drive that way. I know I don’t have to tell myself to turn on the turn signal, it is an automatic maneuver for my turn.  I unconsciously know to do that before I initiate a turn. Firearms training is the same way. But only after much practice and training and coaching.

Rob- Suppose you have your carry permit. How could you safely practice drawing a firearm while you’re seated?  

Elizabeth- This is where tools like blue guns come into play.  I use them quite frequently in my class. They are simply plastic guns, that fit in my holster and have the look and feel of my real firearm, however, they are bright blue, and plastic.  

Elizabeth- Our third story happened last week in Roanoke, Virginia.

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Rob- Third story- Are you armed when you’re walking down the street?

You’re working on equipment in a small business. It is late morning and you hear people scream outside. You look out the window and see a dog attack a young mother who is pushing a baby carriage. You walk to your car and grab your gun. An older man with a cane is hitting the dog and trying to protect the mother and child. The dog bites the older man. You run closer. Someone shoots the dog in the face with pepper spray. Someone grabs his collar and tries to choke the dog. Someone hits the dog with a hammer. Finally the dog lets go and the victims scatter. You shoot the dog. You have to shoot the dog a second time to stop him.

An animal control officer comes to take the dog away. He’d seen this dog before after the dog bit someone.

Elizabeth- He had a gun. I wish it was on him rather than in his truck.

Rob- This isn’t easy. We don’t usually think of animals as a target.

Elizabeth-  I carry pepper spray because of animals.  Very often I believe that I would rather spray a dog because they are just doing what comes naturally to them, in this case, however, the pepper spray didn’t work.  There may be a few reasons for that. Not all pepper spray is created equally. I recommend one with tested high levels of capsaicinoids. Really hot. Also practice with them.  They sell practice sprays that are just water so you can check your aim and try it first.

Rob- This was on a city street in the middle of the day.

Elizabeth- Remember the four safety rules? One of them is to know your target and what lies around it. Could anyone move between you and the dog as you shoot. You’re probably shooting down at the dog. Where will your bullets go if they bounce off the street?

Exit-  Rob- That wraps up this episode. Elizabeth, thank you for helping us today.  Where can we learn more about you?

Elizabeth- I instruct in Colorado Springs.  I teach small classes at my private range in Black Forest.  Students can contact me at Colorado Boots Firearms Instruction.

Rob- You can share your thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Elizabeth-  We share this podcast with you for free.  Please share it with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes and Stitcher.  We’re also available on Google Play Music.

Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

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Episode 104 with Amanda Suffecool

Can you protect yourself at home, at work, and as you drive? Firearms instructor Amanda Suffecool brings us three news stories of armed civilians who protected themselves.. and those they love. (16 minute audio podcast)

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 104 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who might want a firearm for self-defense, and for those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse. We have firearms instructor Amanda Suffecool with us as co-host.

Hi, Amanda.  How have you been?

Amanda- Hi, Rob.  We just had our fundraising event. We raised enough to support our programs for more than 6 months of the year. That covers our firearm education program called Realize Firearms Awareness Coalition. We also got a grant from the NRA to support our Woman’s Day On the Range program.  They are giving us a gun, ammo, targets and supplies. This really helps…

Rob- Please introduce our podcast to our new listeners.

Amanda- Each week we study three new examples of armed defense. What should we do if we were in their situation. Our first story took place last week in Miami Gardens, Florida.  Here’s what happened.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed at home?

You hear a loud thump from the front of your house. It is midday and you wonder if there was a traffic accident on the highway nearby. Then you hear it again and again. Your two kids are screaming. Someone is trying to break down your front door. You shout for your children to come to you. They are 10 and 3. They follow you to your bedroom and you tell them to stay there. The robber keeps banging and kicking at your door. You grab your shotgun. After a dozen attempts the door gives way. The robber comes face to face with a loaded shotgun. He runs. You call police.

Amanda, it seems this mom did a lot of things right.

Amanda-   the best way to win the confrontation is to avoid the confrontation.  She retreated, and then provided the defensive plan – should she have to use it.

Rob- Did the homeowner have the right to use lethal force and to press the trigger?

Amanda-  I think this was a WIN above all.  He was gone, she was safe, her kids know that MOM will defend but does not need to take (the final action) unless and until it’s called for.

Rob- Do you talk about this with your students?

Amanda- Our second story happened last week in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed as you drive and to shopping after work?

You’re buying an iPhone. You found the seller online. You agree to meet after work. You drive up and start the sale. You examine the phone. You want it so you count out the cash. Then the seller pulls a gun out of his pocket and tells you to give him all your money. You hand it over. You also draw your firearm and shoot the robber. Then you run.

Later, you call police. They arrest the robber as he sought treatment at a local hospital.

Amanda-   This is one where the shooter-defender is once again having to defend their position.  Because once they fire – they are going to have to tell the police WHY they were in fear for their lives.   In this case it’s easy – there was an untrustworthy lowlife pointing a gun at you.

Rob- What would you tell your students to do in this situation?

Amanda-  Only one bit of advice – maybe two.  Aim better,

Rob- When do your students learn where to aim, and maybe how to shoot a target that is only a few feet away?

Amanda- Shooting at 5 yards is easy. 50 yards is hard, and half a yard is hard too. You don’t want to hand your attacker your gun. You don’t have time to use the sights even if you could.

and then call the police first.  First one to the phone gets to tell ALL the story, and not be on the defense.

Our third story happened last week in Arnold, Missouri.

Rob- First this break.

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Rob- Third story- Are you armed at work in the afternoon?  

You and your family own a pawn shop. The store is in the southern suburbs of Saint Louis. You have construction equipment chained up outside and the usual flow of customers. A young man comes in and walks up to the cash register. He draws a gun and demands the cash. You’re armed. You and your family are always armed. You draw and shoot your attacker until he drops his gun.

You retreat into the back of the store and call police.

Rob- That is a lot to think about.

Amanda- That is why you take a class. That is why you go to the range. You also have to listen to this podcast so you review your plans.

 You must have a business defence plan.  Who does what. When do you – if you get that ‘something is wrong’ feeling – notify others working in the store and HOW.   Have a code word, code sentence.

Amanda-   We use “Hey Rob, forgot to tell you – uncle Ed called.  Call him back” Uncle Ed, bless his heart, has been dead since the 70’s.   

Exit-  Rob- That wraps up this episode. Amanda, thank you for helping us today.  Where can we learn more about you?

Amanda- You can find me at eye on the target radio radio. I have two radio programs and I instruct on the weekends.

Rob- You can share your thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Amanda-  We share this podcast with you for free.  Please share it with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes and Stitcher.  We’re also available on Google Play Music.

Rob- I think the next time we talk will be at the NRA convention in Dallas.

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Episode 103 with Ben Branam

Can you protect yourself at home, at work, and as you drive? Firearms instructor Ben Branam brings us three news stories of armed civilians who protected themselves.. and those they love. (15 minute audio podcast)

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 103 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who might want a firearm for self-defense, and for those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse. Firearms instructor Ben Branam joins us as co-host.

 

Rob- Please introduce our podcast to our new listeners.

Ben- We study three recent examples of armed defense to see what we can learn. What should we do if we were in this situation? Our first story took place last week in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.  Here is what happened.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed at home?

You’re at home at 10 in the evening. You hear someone breaking the back window of your home. You grab your gun and investigate. You see a stranger standing in the back of your home. He has a knife. You shout for him to leave. He shouts back. You shoot. Now he runs.

You call police.

The police find the robber next to your home and take him to the hospital. Your attacker was arrested for burglary and drug possession. He is out of state prison on parole.

 

 

Ben- Our second story happened last week in Avondale, Arizona.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed as you drive with your children?   

You were attacked by your boyfriend. You want to stay with your family for a few days, so you drive to your home to get some clothes. Your boyfriend appears from around the corner of the house. He orders you inside. Your child is in the car and you say you have to drop him off first. Your kidnapper gets in the car. He turns away and talks to the child. You grab his gun and get out of the car.

The kidnapper runs and you shoot at him. You call police and they find your attacker nearby. He is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.

Ben- Our third story happened last week in Aurora, Colorado.

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Rob- Third story- Are you armed at work?

You’re a barber. You are at work in your shop when you hear gunshots coming from the small grocery store next door. You look outside and the glass at the front of the grocery store shatters. You get against the wall. A man runs out of the store and continues to shoot into the building the store owner chases him. The robber continues to shoot and you see that your neighbor is hit. You draw your firearm and shoot the robber. Now he runs. The Indian woman who owns the store in injured and you go to help her. Someone calls police.

Rob- That wraps up this episode. Ben, thank you for helping us today.  Where can we learn more about you?

Ben- You can find me at Modern Self Protection.com.  I live in San Antonio, and most of my classes are in central Texas.  I teach armed self-defense and church security. Listeners can see my class schedule at my website, and they can also listen to my podcast Modern Self-Protection.

Rob- You can share your thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Ben-  We share this podcast with you for free.  Please share it with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes and Stitcher.  We’re also available on Google Play Music.

Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

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