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.

Ben- Our third story happened last week in Cape Coral, FloridaGive a listen at http://www.armedlutheran.us/

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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