Episode 54 with Jeff Street

Welcome to episode 54 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. Firearms instructor Jeff Street joins us this week. We report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they prepared?

Rob- Introduction– Welcome to episode 54 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This show is for  people who think they might want a gun for self-defense, and those who already have one.  I’m Rob Morse and we’re joined this week by self-defense instructor Jeff Street.

Hi, Jeff.  How have you been?

Jeff- Hi, Rob.  Hi to our new listeners, and welcome back to our regular listeners. We report and analyze three examples of armed civilian defense each week.  I hope we inspire you to defend the people you care about.  If you have questions or want to hear more, then please leave us a message on our facebook page.

Our first story took place this month in Ohio.

Rob- First story- Are you armed as you arrive home?  You’re a young woman and you are walking back home at 7:45 in the morning.  A man walks up beside you as you approach your apartment door.  He’s wearing a mask.  He has a gun.  You’re being robbed, right in front of you apartment in Cleveland, Ohio.  The robber tells you to open the door or he’ll shoot you.  He forces you inside.  He takes your purse, your keys, and your phone.  Then he walks upstairs.  He tries to rob the man living upstairs.  They fight.  The man living upstairs in the apartment grabs the robber’s gun and and shoots him several times.  The robber stumbles down stairs and falls to the floor.

The defender then calls for police and medical first responders.  The defender walks outside the apartment and waves to police.  He guides them to the crime scene. Police pronounced the robber dead at the scene.  The police say the robbers was using a stolen gun.

The two young children living in the apartment were not hurt.

Jeff- Walking home Awareness Looking Aware Flashlight

Be ready to drop or throw what is in your hand

She was forced let him in.  The robber was able the enter the building unannounced (except for noises made by the initial struggle outside the building.

The Defender grabs the robbers gun and uses it against the robber.  The repeated phrase “if you have a gun it will be used against you” comes to mind.  In reality guns are taken away from robbers and criminals by victims most often, not the other way around.  Law enforcement get their guns taken more often than non-LEOs because they have to get so close to criminals.

The gun was stolen.  Keep your guns on you or locked up.

Jeff- Our second story took place in Texas.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed as you stop for gasoline at night?  It’s only 8:30 in the evening.  You pull into the gas station in Houston, Texas to buy gas and get a drink.  You’re walking up to the office when a stranger comes around the corner of the building.  He pulls a gun out of his pocket and points it at you.  He wants your wallet, your phone and your keys.  You fumble for a few seconds while the robber points his gun at you.  You step to the side and present your own firearm.  You shoot the robber several times.  The robber is shooting too.  The robber falls to the ground and you run back to your car.

Police arrive a few minutes later.  Your gun is back in its holster.  You walk up to them and say you defended yourself.  You have a permit to carry concealed.

Jeff- be the first person to call the police.  You want to make sure to say that you’re the victim and tell them what you look like.  This is really important in this situation.  What if someone else sees you shoot the robber and they give the police your description as the bad guy?  If the robber has your cell phone, then go inside the business and ask them to call the police.

Side step worked.  Corner of the building is dangerous.  Usually the doors are in the middle of the building.  Try to have a direct rout but avoid traps.

Just because your being shot at or shot doesn’t give you permission to give up.

Jeff- Our third story took place in Alabama.

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Third story- Are you armed when you’re at home and at work?  You live where you work at your small boat store in Foley, Alabama.  With thirty to forty boats sitting outside, you need to be close by.  People come by at all hours looking for repair parts as well. That’s fine.  You have lots of regular customers after being here for ten years.

You were upstairs when you heard someone smash through the front of your store.  It’s dark outside so you can’t see what’s happening.  You stayed upstairs and grabbed your gun.  You retreated to your bedroom were looking for your cell phone.  Some big guy with an ax starts chopping his way through your bedroom door.   The intruder breaks down the door.  He is wearing a black bandana over his face.  You’re 77 years old, so you’re not going to wrestle with this guy.  The attacker comes toward you and you fire.  Your gun is really loud inside the small room, but you keep firing until the attacker stops.

Then you call police.  It is hard to dial the phone because your fingers are shaking.  It is hard to hear what the police say because it is hard to hear anything after shooting your gun indoors.

The police say your attacker died at the scene.  They pick up his two partners.  One was acting as a lookout, and the second was waiting in their getaway car.  The police admit you acted in self-defense.

Jeff- Motion sensor lights inside.  Cameras outside.  Cell phone always in familiar spot.  Electronic ear pro by the bed.  Silencer on defensive tools at home.

Jeff- Late at night.  Break in.  Where is your gun?

Rob- Should you turn on the light?

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

Jeff-  I teach in Naples Florida, and our listeners can find me at Step by Step Gun Training.com.  They can also contact us on Facebook.  We provide custom training courses as well as standard group classes.  (any upcoming classes?)

Rob- Our listeners can share their thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Jeff-  If you liked this show, then you’ll like the other podcasts on the Self-defense radio network.  We create this podcast under a creative commons license, so please share them with a friend, and give us a rating on I-Tunes.

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


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