Episode 89 with Andee Reardon

Instructor Andee Reardon 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? (13 minutes)

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 89 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who think they might want a firearm.. and for those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse, and firearms instructor Andee Reardon joins us as to co-host this week..

Hi, Andee.  Welcome to the show.

Andee- Each week we discuss three recent examples of armed civilian defense. Leave us a message on our facebook page with your questions or comments.

Andee- Rob, our first story took place last week near Hillsboro, Ohio. Tell us what happened.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed at home?  

You are an older couple.  It is a few minutes before 7 on a Friday morning. You’re getting out of bed when you hear a loud crash from the back of your home. Someone has broken through the back door. Both of you grab your guns. You walk toward the sound and shout for the intruder to leave. The intruder has a rifle in his hands, and you shoot him.

He turns to leave, and so do you. You call police.

Andee- The first thing that stands out to me is the couple both armed themselves and went together to investigate. I think it’s important to have a plan in place ahead of time and for couples to work together as a team, it’s much safer that way.
 The second thing that stood out to me is the use of vocal commands, which is great. In many states you need to warn the person or ask them to leave before using lethal force, unless warning the intruder poses a greater risk. Verbal commands such as “Get out of my house, I have a gun!” are a good way to stop many criminals who wish to avoid a risky confrontation.

 

Andee- Our second story happened last week on the border between Texas and Louisiana.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed as you drive?

You and your wife are driving into Texas.  You notice lights and sirens behind you.  You pull over onto the shoulder and stop your truck. A car pulls up behind you. The car appears to be on fire.  The driver of the car opens his door and then jumps into the back of your truck. Now the police cars are pulling to a stop all around you. Your wife is still in the seat beside you. You get out of your truck, present your firearm and hold the fugitive for the few seconds until police arrive.

The is arrested for evading arrest in a motor vehicle,aggravated kidnapping, assault on a police officer and for traffic violations.

Andee- Ok, my first thought is something I teach in my self defense and situational awareness classes: ALWAYS lock your car doors and if something doesn’t seem right, get away. Distance equals reaction time. Thankfully, the gang member fleeing from the police jumped into the bed of the truck and the husband in the truck was armed and quickly get control of the situation.

Andee- Our third story happened last week in Rockledge, Florida.

Rob- Third story- Are you armed at work?

You’re working in a auto shop. You hear shots coming from the parking lot behind the shop.  You’re carrying. So is your manager.  Your manager goes into the back lot and shoots at the attacker. Now the attacker chases the manager back into the store. You shoot at your attacker and place two shots on target. The attacker stops.

Other employees are injured.  One is killed.  Neither you nor your manager are hit.

Andee- Thankfully these two men were carrying at work. When the manager went to investigate the gunshots, he saw his employees being shot at and immediately began defending them with his pistol.

The worker and the manager responded quickly to assess the threat. They were both prepared for to protect themselves and others. Had they kept their pistols locked in their car this story could have ended with more fatalities and injuries.

I think in this situation there were signs the shooter was showing mental and emotional problems. It’s important to take note when someone is acting out of place and things in life aren’t going well, such as the loss of a job.

 

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

Andee- You can find me at EastCoastSchoolofSafety.com and on my facebook and Instagram pages with the same name.

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

Andee-  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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