Introduction- Rob- I’m Rob Morse, and welcome to episode 60 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. This podcast is for people who think they might want a gun for self-defense, and those who already have one. We’re joined this week by self-defense instructor Elizabeth Hautman.
Elizabeth- Hi, Rob.
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Hi to our new listeners, and welcome back to our regular listeners. We report and analyze three examples of armed civilian defense. We hope you use these reports as part of your exercise program.. to exercise your imagination today so you can defend the people you care about tomorrow. Please leave us a message on our facebook page with your questions or comments.
Elizabeth- Our first story took place last week near Palm Beach, Florida
Rob- First story- Are you armed at home? Your teenage son and his friends are watching TV and playing video games late at night. They hear a knock on the door. They open the front door to see who it is. Two armed men push their way into your home. One of the teenagers runs the the bathroom and slams the door behind him. The robbers shoot through the bathroom door.
You hear the shouts, the slams and the gunfire. You walk out of the master bedroom with your handgun drawn. You fire at the armed intruders. They run from the apartment.
One of your son’s friends was shot in the abdomen. You call police and emergency medical services. The medics take the teenager to the hospital. While he is at the hospital, into the emergency room walks the intruder you shot. Police arrest both intruders.
Elizabeth- don’t open the door, but the intruders showed up at the hospital, maybe the kids at your home were hanging around with the wrong crowd.
Rob- Where did the gun come from? How was the gun stored?
Elizabeth- do your kids know what to do if there is an intruder? Practice a plan, like a fire drill
Rob- You talk about that with your students?
Elizabeth- Our second story happened last week in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
Rob- Second Story- Are you armed at work late at night? You work as a night clerk at the Sutton Inn. You help travelers with what they need. A clean place to sleep. Sometimes they need a toothbrush if they forgot something at home. It’s been quiet this morning until a stranger walks through the doors. He’s in his mid-twenties, wearing a black hoodie, jeans with sequins and wearing earrings. His hands are in front of his face. The stranger says, “Don’t make me pull my piece. Just give me the money.” You present your firearm and point it at the robber’s chest. The robber turns and runs before you can pull the trigger. You come around the counter, but don’t follow the robber outside. Then you remember to call the police. You tell police which way the robber ran. The police arrest the robber at a nearby motel. The charges filed against your attacker carry a 10 year minimum sentence.
Elizabeth- I wonder where the clerk had the gun? Holster, pocket, a mount under the counter, in a drawer? On body is best,
Rob- Out of reach is out if use.
Rob- Was the clerk justified to pull the trigger? Yes he was justified, and he didn’t need to.
Elizabeth- the clerk was well trained and exercised great self control. In that the clerk had the gun easy to draw, the clerk had training. I tell my students when they are in fear of an innocent person going to the morgue or the hospital, that is when to pull the trigger. Not if someone is on your porch, or running away.
Elizabeth- Our third story happened last week in Grady, Oklahoma.
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Rob- Third story- Are you armed when you’re at home? You asked the judge for a protective order so your ex-boyfriend would leave you alone. The judge gave you the order, and said there was to be no contact between you and your ex-boyfriend. Now your ex is calling again. He wants the title to the car. He demands you give him your credit card. You told him to go away. He threatened to kill you. A neighbor called the police to say they saw him near your house.
Now he’s outside. You grab your rifle, walk out on the porch and tell him to leave. He starts to say something, but changes his mind and runs back to his car when he hears the sirens on the police cars. The cops were right behind him as he drives away. The police arrest him and put him in jail.
Rob- Tell me about opening the door.
Elizabeth- she didn’t think it through.
Elizabeth- Good that the neighbors know about your problem. They were the first to call the police. I have given this advice to some of my students who may have been facing the same situation.
Elizabeth- Keep the door between you and trouble. Always. Why she grabbed her rifle and went outside doesn’t make sense. I do get it. You want him to go away, but in the cases we are often dealing with crazy. It also builds the victim’s case if the bad guy has to break into the domicile.
Exit- Rob- That wraps up this episode. Elizabeth, thank you for helping me today. Where can our listeners 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.
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Rob- I’m Rob Morse. We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.