Episode 84 with Amanda Suffecool

Welcome to episode 84. Instructor Amanda Suffecool joins us this week with three new self-defense stories. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they armed with tools and training? How would you react in their situation? (19 minutes)

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 84 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. This podcast is for people who think they might want a firearm.. and those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse, and firearms instructor Amanda Suffecool joins us this week as co-host.

Welcome back, Amanda.  How have you been?

Amanda- Hi, Rob.  How have I been?   I have been great.   I have been using the tag line “Its my year” because the power of positive thinking works.    I could change it to Its my month – because October has even better than the rest of the year.  Just yesterday I got to see the outtakes of my edition of Riding Shotgun with Charlie,   My fashion show was mentioned in the NRA magazine( plus a tiny little picture – if you squint),   I was in Concealed Carry magazine,   Women’s Outdoor News did a feature article and then… and then I am here with you on Self Defense Gun Stories…   

Rob- Amanda, please introduce our show.

Amanda- Each week we report three recent examples of armed civilian defense. The defender did some things right, and there is always something we can learn. Leave us a message on our facebook page with your questions or comments.

Amanda- Our first story took place last week near San Antonio, Texas. Rob, set the scene for us.

First story-  Are you armed at home?  

You’re a mom.  It is 1:30 in the morning and you’re sleeping upstairs with your young child. You hear banging at your front door, and then you hear someone shout

“Open UP! SAPD!”

You’re only half awake, but that doesn’t make sense.  You live outside of San Antonio and are covered by the Bexar (BEHAR) county sheriff’s department. You get out of bed and look out your upstairs window. You don’t see a police car in the driveway or out on the street. You grab your gun and your cell phone. Then you call 911 and wait at the top of the stairs.

You hear someone kick in the back door of your home. You shoot when they start to come up the stairs. The intruders shoot back as they run away. It appears that no one was wounded by gunfire.

Amanda- Mom did a great job protecting her family from armed and violent intruders.

Rob- What should we learn from her?

Amanda- She called 911 before the break in because the situation didn’t seem right to her.

Rob- It seems simple to us now, but that is a very smart move to make at 1:30 in the morning. Amanda- Right.

Rob- What else did she do?

Amanda- I also have to give her credit for what she didn’t do. She didn’t go investigate the sound. Burglars have murdered homeowners in that part of Texas. She got her gun, called 911, and made her attackers come to her.

Rob- So she was armed, and patient. Why was it a good choice to stay at the top of the stairs?

Amanda- They call stairs the fatal funnel. Your attackers have to come up them single file, and they have nowhere to run. It is very hard to get behind you if you’re at the top of the stairs and they are at the bottom.

Rob- Now those stairs seem like a security feature. Is there more?

Amanda- Our second story also occurred in Texas. This one is from Austin. What happened in this story?

Second Story-  Are you armed as you run on a jogging trail before sunrise?

You’re running on a local trail before dawn. You hear a woman scream. You slow down and look to see where the screams came from. A man is holding a woman on the ground and she’s fighting him. You grab your flashlight and a gun from your fanny pack. You shine the light on the couple. The man is sitting on top of the woman, and pressing his hand over her mouth. You see her struggle.

You point your gun at the attacker and tell him to get away from the women. He does, but he runs away with her shoes and her shorts. You let him go.

Police report that the woman was attacked from behind and then dragged off the running trail. The victim identified her rapists as a homeless young man who has been previously charged with felony assault and eight misdemeanors including two charges of indecent exposure.  All these charges were filed within the last two years.

Amanda- She fought, and her screams brought help.  A Concealed carry does not make us an auxiliary police officer – yet at the same time we need to do what we can.

Amanda- the life you save may not be your own.   Preparedness and practice are critical when you are called to make instant judgments when yous and someone else’s life is on the line.

Amanda- Don’t wear earplugs when you run in strange places.  Or music, or…..

Amanda- Bring your own gun rather than rely on others.

Rob- We often tell students to avoid other people’s fights. She did make the choice to run in the dark without any tools of self-defense.

Amanda- We live in a society where selfishness abounds.   There is a line where it’s not your fight – but could you live with yourself if you just ran on.    In this case – No shots fired.   This is a win on so many levels.   

Our third story happened last week near Newport News, Virginia.

 

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Third story- Are you armed at work?  

You’re working in a convenience store at 2AM. A man grabs two packs of cigarettes and walks up to the register. He pulls a knife and demands the money in the cash register. You back away, but the attacker pursues you until you’re backed into a corner. You draw your gun and the robber runs before you can shoot. You call police. They find your attacker near by and take him into custody.

Amanda- Most criminals are intoxicated when they commit their crimes.

Rob- You say we’re not dealing with the brightest guys.

Amanda- We’re not. I’m glad the clerk was armed because there was not time to call police.

Amanda- Most people don’t realize how deadly a knife is. The robber with a knife is a lethal threat. He’s threatened to hurt you.  He is close enough to hurt or kill you before you can draw your gun and stop him.

Rob- So you’re saying this clerk was lucky.

Amanda- Very lucky.  Even after the clerk drew his gun, he could not draw his gun and fire quickly enough to stop the attacker from cutting him. I also doubt that the attacker ran before the clerk could fire. The clerk hesitated and chose not to fire. I teach my students to shoot to kill in those situations.

Rob- You mean a gun isn’t a magic force field that stops attackers?

Amanda-No. This story is also typical in that the attacker decided he didn’t want to be part of a shooting and ran. The defender didn’t have to fire a shot.

Exit-  Rob- That wraps up this episode. Where can our listeners 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- Our listeners can share their 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.  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- Our download numbers were down, so please share this podcast with a friend.

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

Episode 75 with Amanda Suffecool

Welcome to episode 75. Instructor Amanda Suffecool joins us this week with three new self-defense stories. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they armed with tools and knowledge? How would you react in their situation? (17 minutes)

Rob- Introduction- I’m Rob Morse and welcome to episode 75 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who think they might want a firearm.. and those who already have one.  We’re joined this week by self-defense instructor Amanda Suffecool.

Hi, Amanda.  I know you’ve been busy.

Amanda- HI, Rob.  My plates been pretty full.  I had a Women’s day at the range.  I Just published a book –  Your Guide to Produce a concealed carry fashion show (148 pages)  and A DVD of our show.  So now you have a full how to guide to producing your own fashion show that promotes concealed carry.

I’m also a consultant and one of the announcers at the NRA Carry Guard fashion show in Milwaukee on August 25th.

Rob- You did more to invite women into our gun culture than most of the NRA board.  Thank you.  Extend an invitation to our new listeners too.

Amanda- 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 use 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.

Amanda- Our first story took place last week in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Rob- First story-  Are you armed as you walk down the street?  

You’re arguing with your on-again, off-again boyfriend.  It is five in the morning on Saturday when the two of you are walking along the sidewalk near where you live on the south-west side of Chicago.  The argument escalates.  Your boyfriend hits you.  You Yell for him to stop.  He hits you again and grabs your blouse so you can’t run.  You draw your gun and shoot him three times.  Now he lets go.  You call police.  The police question you for several hours and then release you without charges.

Amanda-  This requires some thinking.  People have no problem with the decision to use lethal force on a stranger – but your BOYFRIEND?  Someone you love..and who is having no difficulty in hurting you.

Rob- That means we have to talk about that situation before it happens so we won’t be confused and overwhelmed.  I’m sure you’ve had victims of domestic abuse in your class.

Amanda- I have.  I’m glad they are there.

Rob- Where do your students learn to draw as they walk?

Amanda-  Yeah – we teach that in our advanced class.  You know the funny thing.   People can generally only walk in one direction.   Move and shoot to the right and not to the left or vice versa.  It’s not tied to their handedness though.

Rob- Do you teach them to draw and shoot with one hand, because one arm might be busy trying to block punches.

 

Amanda- Our second story happened last week in a town just west of Saint Louis, Missouri.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed at home late at night?

You’re in your upstairs apartment just after midnight.  Your three roommates are still awake.  One of your roommates was outside smoking when a stranger started arguing with him.  The stranger said someone called him a name.  The stranger then pushed his way into the apartment and started yelling at your two other roommates.  You walk out of your back room and ask the stranger to leave.  You tell him you’re armed and ask him to leave again.  He attacks you.  You draw and shoot him several times.  Now your attacker steps back outside.  Your roommates close the door, and you call police.

 

Amanda-    WOW,  this is that story of  ‘Why you carry on you all the time.’   Do you really have time to go get your gun?   NO – you don’t.   So Rob – do you carry at home?  

Rob-  Yes, even here in the studio.

Amanda-  I think the term I heard is Pants on, gun on.   But what about those folks that carry in alternative ways?   Purse carry?  can you get to it fast enough – or do you have a second – or third – gun stashed in your house?  

Amanda- Our third story happened last week in polk county, NC

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

You’re at home after midnight when your dogs start barking.  You go outside and find a man behind your car.  You smell a strong smell of gasoline.  The man attacks you with a baseball bat.  You try to block the blow, but you’re hit on the head.  You shoot your attacker three times.  He stops attacking you and you crawl away to contact police.

There is gasoline poured on the ground around your car.  The police ask you if that is your gas can.  You say no, and that isn’t your baseball bat either.

The police charge your attacker with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and violation of a protection order.

Amanda- All of our victims had a gun on them this week.  Good for them.  

Rob-  The attacker’s girlfriend now lived at this address.

Amanda- Any idea what the back story is on the violation of the protection order?    Because it is just a piece of paper.

Amanda-  This had to be an instinctive reaction.  There was no time to think.

 

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

Amanda- Our listeners can find me at eye on the target radio radio.

Rob- Our listeners can share their 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.  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 69 with Amanda Suffecool

Welcome to episode 69. Instructor Amanda Suffecool joins us this week with three new self-defense stories. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they prepared? How would you react in their situation? (18 minutes )

Rob- Introduction- I’m Rob Morse and welcome to episode 69 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who think they might want a firearm.. and those who already have one.  We’re joined this week by self-defense instructor Amanda Suffecool.

Hi, Amanda.  How have you been?

Amanda- Hi, Rob.  This is my first visit to Self-Defense Gun Stories.

Rob- Jenna Meek stepped away from the show.  I appreciate her giving us so much attention for as long as she did.  I’m glad you can join us.

Amanda- firearms instructor, eye on the target, realize FAC, NRA fashion show.  Fashion show manual.  Viceland video of the fashion show.

Amanda- 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 use 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.

Amanda- Our first story took place last week in Bloomfield, Kentucky.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed at home?  

You’re asleep in your bed.  Your dog starts barking in the middle of the night.  Moments later, your wife is screaming.  You get up, grab your gun, and follow the dog to your daughter’s room.  Your daughter is at a sleepover, but you open the door anyway.  There, you find a 19 year old boy standing in her room.  He raises his hands and surrenders.  The window is open where the intruder broke in.  Your wife calls police.  You hold the intruder at gunpoint.

Amanda- Good job for not shooting.  Finger off the trigger.  

Rob- The news report said it took 20 minutes for the police to arrive.

Amanda-  Flashlight.    Lighting of   some sort.

Rob- Do you train your students to hold someone at gunpoint?

Amanda- Our second story happened last week in Brooklyn, New York.

Rob- Second story- Are you armed at work in the middle of the day?

You work at a gun store.  Another customer walks in the shop at about 11 in the morning.  He asks to see a gun.  You look down and open the display case.  That is when he sprays you in the face with pepper spray.  You step back.  The robber smashed the case top and grabs two guns.  You draw your gun and shoot him.  He runs.

Police find the two stolen guns on the floor..along with a trail of blood.

Amanda- Not sure of the laws in New York, but this is an interesting one.  Using your gun to defend property?  Do you know what the rules are for gun shop owners?

 

Amanda- Our third story happened last week in Tarpon springs, Florida.

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Rob-  Third Story-  Are you armed at home during the night?

You hear shouts from an apartment next door.  Then you hear screams.  You grab your gun and look through the peep hole.  Your neighbor, Susan Bass, is screaming at a man to get out of her apartment, and the man is dressed in his underwear and attacking her.  You open the door and tell the man to stop.  He lunges at you.  You shoot him once in the leg.  That doesn’t stop him. You retreat to your apartment and he follows you.  You grab your 3 year old and retreat to the bathroom.  The intruder pushes the door open and you fight him off.

Police arrive and taze the attacker.  That doesn’t stop.  They wrestle him to the ground and handcuff him.  You, your neighbor, your daugher, and the drugged up intruder are taken to the hospital.

Amanda- Scary –  I am not sure, If I were the one in this situation that i would not have shot a second or a third time.    When he charges into my apartment and when he charges the bathroom door.

 

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

 

Amanda- Our listeners can find me at eye on the target radio radio.

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

Amanda-  We share this podcast with you for free, and ask that you share it with a friend.  Please give us a rating on I-Tunes.

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

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