Episode 104 with Amanda Suffecool

Can you protect yourself at home, at work, and as you drive? Firearms instructor Amanda Suffecool brings us three news stories of armed civilians who protected themselves.. and those they love. (16 minute audio podcast)

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 104 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who might want a firearm for self-defense, and for those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse. We have firearms instructor Amanda Suffecool with us as co-host.

Hi, Amanda.  How have you been?

Amanda- Hi, Rob.  We just had our fundraising event. We raised enough to support our programs for more than 6 months of the year. That covers our firearm education program called Realize Firearms Awareness Coalition. We also got a grant from the NRA to support our Woman’s Day On the Range program.  They are giving us a gun, ammo, targets and supplies. This really helps…

Rob- Please introduce our podcast to our new listeners.

Amanda- Each week we study three new examples of armed defense. What should we do if we were in their situation. Our first story took place last week in Miami Gardens, Florida.  Here’s what happened.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed at home?

You hear a loud thump from the front of your house. It is midday and you wonder if there was a traffic accident on the highway nearby. Then you hear it again and again. Your two kids are screaming. Someone is trying to break down your front door. You shout for your children to come to you. They are 10 and 3. They follow you to your bedroom and you tell them to stay there. The robber keeps banging and kicking at your door. You grab your shotgun. After a dozen attempts the door gives way. The robber comes face to face with a loaded shotgun. He runs. You call police.

Amanda, it seems this mom did a lot of things right.

Amanda-   the best way to win the confrontation is to avoid the confrontation.  She retreated, and then provided the defensive plan – should she have to use it.

Rob- Did the homeowner have the right to use lethal force and to press the trigger?

Amanda-  I think this was a WIN above all.  He was gone, she was safe, her kids know that MOM will defend but does not need to take (the final action) unless and until it’s called for.

Rob- Do you talk about this with your students?

Amanda- Our second story happened last week in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed as you drive and to shopping after work?

You’re buying an iPhone. You found the seller online. You agree to meet after work. You drive up and start the sale. You examine the phone. You want it so you count out the cash. Then the seller pulls a gun out of his pocket and tells you to give him all your money. You hand it over. You also draw your firearm and shoot the robber. Then you run.

Later, you call police. They arrest the robber as he sought treatment at a local hospital.

Amanda-   This is one where the shooter-defender is once again having to defend their position.  Because once they fire – they are going to have to tell the police WHY they were in fear for their lives.   In this case it’s easy – there was an untrustworthy lowlife pointing a gun at you.

Rob- What would you tell your students to do in this situation?

Amanda-  Only one bit of advice – maybe two.  Aim better,

Rob- When do your students learn where to aim, and maybe how to shoot a target that is only a few feet away?

Amanda- Shooting at 5 yards is easy. 50 yards is hard, and half a yard is hard too. You don’t want to hand your attacker your gun. You don’t have time to use the sights even if you could.

and then call the police first.  First one to the phone gets to tell ALL the story, and not be on the defense.

Our third story happened last week in Arnold, Missouri.

Rob- First this break.

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Rob- Third story- Are you armed at work in the afternoon?  

You and your family own a pawn shop. The store is in the southern suburbs of Saint Louis. You have construction equipment chained up outside and the usual flow of customers. A young man comes in and walks up to the cash register. He draws a gun and demands the cash. You’re armed. You and your family are always armed. You draw and shoot your attacker until he drops his gun.

You retreat into the back of the store and call police.

Rob- That is a lot to think about.

Amanda- That is why you take a class. That is why you go to the range. You also have to listen to this podcast so you review your plans.

 You must have a business defence plan.  Who does what. When do you – if you get that ‘something is wrong’ feeling – notify others working in the store and HOW.   Have a code word, code sentence.

Amanda-   We use “Hey Rob, forgot to tell you – uncle Ed called.  Call him back” Uncle Ed, bless his heart, has been dead since the 70’s.   

Exit-  Rob- That wraps up this episode. Amanda, thank you for helping us today.  Where can we 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- You can share your thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Amanda-  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 think the next time we talk will be at the NRA convention in Dallas.

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

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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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