Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 86 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. This podcast is for people who might want a firearm..and for those who already have one. I’m your host, Rob Morse, and firearms instructor Elizabeth Hautman joins us as to co-host this week..
Elizabeth- Hi, Rob. I had five wonderful students. They knew how to shoot, but were brand new to armed self-defense.
Rob- Elizabeth, please introduce our show.
Elizabeth- We discuss three recent examples of armed civilian defense to see what we can learn. Leave us a message on our facebook page with your questions or comments.
Elizabeth- Our first story took place last week in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Rob, set the scene for us.
You’re walking back to your car. It is late at night. A man comes up to you and says, “Give me your wallet.” You almost don’t believe it. You’re about to ask him to say it again when you notice the gun in his hand. You’re being robbed. You start to back up, and the robber raises his gun. You put your wallet in your left hand. Then you reach for your handgun with your right hand. You have a concealed carry permit, and your armed. You shoot your attacker. He’s startled, and you take that moment to run away.
Then you call police.
Elizabeth- Unexpected things happen. I’ve been out late at night when I didn’t expect to be. Some of my students want a gun for “when I need it”. This man didn’t know he’d need it until he already needed it. Unless you plan to live in your gunsafe, then carry so you’ll have your gun. Now that I’m done with my first sermon.. The first thing our gun owner did was carry a gun when he didn’t expect to need it.
Rob- He also presented a gun quickly, but cautiously. Did you notice that?
Elizabeth- He waited his turn, and then he acted with sufficient violence to stop the threat.
Rob- What are the milestones that a new student goes through so they can present a gun quickly?
Elizabeth- We take small simple steps. firearm safety, including how to store your guns. How to shoot. How to carry. How to draw. How to move with a gun. And then they have to practice those things.
Rob- That sounds like a lot to learn, but you teach it every week?
Our second story happened last week in Los Angeles, California.
You’re in your room at your family’s home. It is 2am, and you hear yelling from the front door. A large group of men have broken into your home. They have guns pointed at everyone. You are still in the back hallway and you hear the robbers beating and threatening your family. You go back to your room. You grab your gun and move toward the front of the house. You start shooting as you round the corner. The robbers run.
Police report that eight men broke into your home. The took two small safes as they ran.
What did our defender do correctly.
Elizabeth- He had a gun to protect his family. This is in Los Angeles County, so you can’t get a carry permit, but you can still have a gun at home. This man did when he was attacked by a large robbery team. That five shot revolver you were thinking of might not be enough gun.
Rob- What else.
Elizabeth- He was determined to protect the people he loved. He moved forward into the fight.
Rob- What could he have done better?
Elizabeth- We can teach you how to use cover. That means you don’t have to run into the middle of the family room and start shooting where the bad guys can shoot back at you. You can shoot out of the darkness and never be seen by your attackers. That means you have to learn low-light shooting too.
Rob- You teach that?
Elizabeth- Sure do. Our third story happened last week in Chicago, Illinois.
It is early in the morning when you finally arrive home. You park your car on the street. You walk up to your front door when a young man steps up behind you and points a gun at you. He demands your wallet, your phone, and your keys. You have your Illinois concealed carry permit. You’re carrying. You drop the bag in your hands. You step to the side and then draw your own firearm. You shoot several times. Then you run.
The police picked up your attacker not far from your front door. He was shot in the abdomen, and in both legs. You are shaken, but you’re not shot. The police say your attacker’s gun was only a pellet gun. They take your attacker to the hospital.
Elizabeth- What did I say about our first story? Have your gun when you need it.
Rob- Wow. There was no time to “get my gun”. I was reading that over three millions of us carry concealed every day. I was disappointed that it is wasn’t more, but you have to start somewhere.
Elizabeth- Wait your turn. Know how fast you are, and then defend yourself.
Rob- How do people practice to draw a loaded gun.
Elizabeth- Dry practice. (What’s that?)
Get your permit. Carry your gun.
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.
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