Episode 59 with Ben Branam

Welcome to episode 59 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. Firearms instructor Ben Branam joins us this week. Together, we report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they prepared? How would you do in their situation?

 

Introduction- Rob- Welcome to episode 59 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This show is for  people who think they might want a gun for self-defense, and those who already have one.  I’m Rob Morse and we’re joined this week by self-defense instructor Ben Branam.

How have you been, Mister Branam?

Ben- Hi, Rob.  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.

Our first story took place last week in Petersburg, Virginia.

First story-  Do you have a gun nearby when you are sleeping in your bedroom?  It’s late in the morning, and you’re lying in bed.  The first thing you hear is someone smashing in your front door.  A few minutes go by and then a man pushes into your bedroom with a mask over his face and a gun in his hand.  You roll out of bed and grab your purse.  You point your gun at the intruder and fire one shot.  He lurches to the side and runs out the door.  You call police.

Ben- The front door was locked.  That is good.

Rob-  The sound of the breaking door acted as an alarm.  Why didn’t the victim do something after they heard their door broken in?

Ben- They had a gun.  That’s good.  But they didn’t have a plan.

Rob- What should they have done?

Ben- I teach my students to lock the door, grab their gun and their phone and call police.

Rob- Good plan.

Ben- The homeowner did take action.  She moved when her bedroom door was opened.  I want our listeners to be ready before that happens.

Rob- It is hard to make a plan the first minute you wake up.

Ben- We act smart in the minute because we thought about the situation ahead of time.

Ben- Our second story took place last week in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Second Story-  Are you armed at home? This is scary.  You’re sleeping in your bed.  You wake up to find your ex-boyfriend standing at the food of the bed.  He’s holding a gun in his hand and threatens you.  You reach under your pillow and grab your handgun.  You point the gun at the intruder and press the trigger.  Then you roll out of bed and call the police.

Ben- It doesn’t say if her attacker fell down, or if he ran.  The first thing to do is to get to a safe place.  That might mean to lock the door and hide behind the bed.  It might mean to run to a neighbor’s house.

Rob- It would be great to think about that now and share your plan with your family.

Ben- Good on this lady for having a gun with her.

Rob- Did she out-draw her attacker?

Ben- That, or tactical patience.  That means she might have waited until she had an advantage.  Better yet, if she locked her front door, her bedroom door, and if she had an alarm.  If she had enough money for a gun then she had enough money for an alarm.

Ben- Our third story took place last week in Tacoma, Washington.

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Third story- Are you armed when you’re at home?  You’re sleeping at home in your bed when you hear someone outside.  You grab your gun and investigate.  Someone broke into your porch.  You shout for them to leave.  The intruder breaks into your home.  You shoot him and call the police.  There were two other people in the home at the time. No one else in the house was injured.

Ben-  A third of us will be victims at some time.  This homeowner was prepared, but he needed a little more training.  When someone invites you to a fight, don’t.

Rob- Where should we put a gun when we sleep at night?

 

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

Ben- Our listeners can find me at Modern Self Protection.com.  I live in San Antonio, and most of my classes are in central Texas.  Listeners can see my complete class schedule at my website, and they can also listen to my podcast.

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

Ben-  If you liked this show, then you’ll like the other podcasts on the Self-defense radio network.  We create this podcast under a creative commons license, so please share them with a friend, and give us a rating on I-Tunes.

Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back in two weeks with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

 

Episode 51 with Ben Branam

Welcome to episode 51 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. Firearms instructor Ben Branam joins us this week. We report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they prepared?

Introduction- Rob- Welcome to episode 51 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This show is for  people who think they might want a gun for self-defense, and those who already have one.  I’m Rob Morse and we’re joined this week by self-defense instructor Ben Branam.

How have you been?

Ben- Hi, Rob. Hi to our new listeners, and welcome back to our regular listeners. We report and analyze three examples of armed civilian defense each week.  I hope we inspire you to defend the people you care about.  If you have questions or want to hear more, then please leave us a message on our facebook page.

Ben- Our first story took place this month in Pennsylvania.

First story-  Are you armed at work late at night?  You’re a small Laotian woman.  Your three teenage girls are at home. But you, you manage a laundromat about 15 miles west of Philadelphia.   It is early in the morning and you are at work.  You have the night shift tonight..and every night, seven days a week.  You’re mopping the floor at this hour.  A man walks into your laundromat with his gun drawn.  You’ve been robbed at gunpoint before.  This robber pushes you back toward the back and demands money.  You don’t have any.  Then the robber tells you to strip off your clothes.  He pushes you into a back room.  This time you fight.  You grab his gun and fire.  He leans away from you for a moment and you run.  You don’t stop running until you reach the all-night convenience store across the street.  That is when you notice that you still have your attackers gun in your hand.  The convenience store employees call police.  They arrest your attacker a few blocks away.  His left arm is shattered.  He has a police record.

Ben- Good for her.   It would have been better if she had a gun of her own rather than having to take her attackers gun.  Philadelphia is anti-gun.  But this wasn’t in Philadelphia.  The victim could carry at work.

Rob- You can get a permit in most Pennsylvania counties. They cost some money, but you can get them.  

Ben- What bothers me is the cost.  Some counties make it expensive.  This woman was working hard to support her family by working seven days a week.  Maybe she couldn’t afford a class, and registration, and permits.

Rob- She fought hand to hand.

Ben- Our second story took place in Maryland.

Second Story- Are you armed at home?  You and your husband are at home this morning.  You live in a well to do rural neighborhood about 16 miles east of Washington, DC. You hear someone at your front door.  You turn around and a stranger is standing inside your home.  You ask him who he is, and then tell him to leave.  He doesn’t.  You yell, and then your husband comes toward the front of the house.  He pushed the intruder towards the front door.  The intruder pushes back.  They fight.  Your husband shoots the intruder once in the leg.  The intruder staggers, then grabs a metal bar and tries to attack your husband again.  Your husband shoots his attacker in the head.  The attacker runs from your home.

The attacker is arrested 300 feet from your home.  Police say your attacker is wanted for a number of break ins in the area.  There is a warrant waiting for him when your attacker is released from the hospital.

Ben- Some Maryland counties issue.  Some don’t.  The male homeowner used to work for the FBI, so maybe he was able to get a permit.  He was armed at home in any case.

Rob- It sounds like his wife wasn’t armed.

Ben- (teams vs single attacker)

Rob- This story is unusual in what it didn’t say.  It didn’t say the robber broke in and the homeowners were alerted by the sound.

Ben-  The door was unlocked.

Ben- Our third story took place in Philadelphia.

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Third story- Are you armed when you make deliveries late at night?  You have kids at home, and you’re trying to make ends meet.  You’re delivering pizza at 7 at night.  It is dark at that hour given the time of year.  You get out of your car and three strangers step from the shadows around the building in front of you.  One of them already has a gun pointed at you.  They demand your money and the pizza.  You drop the pizza and run.  You’re shot in the arm and the bullet then hits your hip and the gun in its holster.  You have your permit and are carrying legally.  You duck behind your car.  You make your arm work.  You’re able to draw your firearm.  Fortunately, your gun still works, and you shoot your armed attacker.  All three of them run.

You drive yourself to the hospital and ask the staff to call police.

Ben- Three on one.  They chose the time and place, so they have their guns out.

Rob- He moved, rather than present a standing target.

Ben- (movement)

They would have killed the driver for a couple of pizzas and the 80 dollars he had from his earlier deliveries.  These thugs don’t care about us.

Rob- They would commit murder for a few hours pay.  Do you talk about that to your students?  What is your student’s attitude toward their attackers?  Does their attitude change after the class?

Ben- Sometimes you have to see it to believe it.  I’ve seen it.  I saw it overseas.  We have selfish people here too.  They don’t think of us as human.  We’re insects to these bad people.

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

Ben- Our listeners can find me at Modern Self Protection.com.  I live in San Antonio, and most of my classes are in central Texas.  Listeners can see my complete class schedule at my website, and they can also listen to my podcast.  

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

Ben-  If you liked this show, then you’ll like the other podcasts on the Self-defense radio network.  We create this podcast under a creative commons license, so please share it with a friend, and give us a rating on I-Tunes.

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

Episode 44 with Ben Branam

Welcome to episode 44 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. We report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week. Firearms instructor Ben Branam joins us this week. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they prepared?

 

Introduction- Rob- Welcome to episode 44 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is part of the Self-Defense Radio Network.  I’m Rob Morse and we’re joined this week by self-defense instructor Ben Branam.  How have you been, Ben?

Ben – Hi, Rob.   Hi to our new listeners, and welcome back to our regular listeners. We report and analyze three examples of armed civilian defense each week.  I hope we inspire you to defend the people you care about.  If you have questions or want to hear more about a topic, then please leave us a message on our facebook page.

Our first story took place this month in Florida.

Rob, first story-  Are you armed at home?  A homeowner in Sunrise, Florida was home alone on Monday morning.  He saw three strangers pull into his driveway.  The strangers got out of their car and then went around the side of the house.  The homeowner called 911 and retrieved his shotgun.  The three burglars shattered a sliding glass door at the back of the home and walked in while the homeowner was on the phone with the police dispatcher.

The homeowner was afraid that the intruders would arm themselves with some of the guns he keeps stored around his home.  He stepped toward the back of the home and fired four times.  He only hit his target once.

Two of the robbers ran.  One was transported to the hospital and where he died.  His two accomplices were arrested and charged with homicide during the commission of a burglary.

Ben-  Common crime, uncommon response.

Rob-  Three attackers against one defender.

Rob- If you have guns stored around your house so they are close to you, then they are close to intruders also.

Ben – Our second story took place in Missouri.

Rob, second story-  Are you armed at work?  A 38 year old customer walked into Poor Boy’s gas station in Kansas City, Missouri.  At 2:30 in the morning, the customer bought a candy bar and put a pocket full of change on the counter.  As the clerk counted the money, the customer drew a firearm and yelled, “Give me all the money!”

The clerk looked up, drew his own firearm, and shot the robber twice in the shoulder.  The robber then yelled. “Don’t shoot.  It’s only a toy gun.”

The robber tried to crawl away, but the store clerk blocked the entrance until police arrived.  The robber had prior convictions for shoplifting, burglary, drug possession and parole violation.

Ben-  One on one is unusual for a robbery. You need a plan.  It might be as simple as, if I see a lethal threat, then I’ll defend myself if I can’t run.

Rob- When do your students learn to present a firearm that is concealed on their body?

Ben- I teach intermediate students to present from a holster.

 

Ben- Our third story took place in Minnesota.

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Third story- Are you armed when you drop off toys for charity?  A security guard walked inside and outside the donations center for a charity called Samaritan’s Purse.  One of only eight processing centers in the US, this site handles thousands of shoe boxes each filled with about $25 worth of toys.  The toys are distributed to needy children between the ages of 2 to 14 years old.

The guard was attacked when he crossed the parking lot just after midnight.  A masked and armed man attacked the guard.  The guard fought back and shot his attacker.  The guard ran and called police.  Police found the attacker dead in the parking lot.  The police said that every indication is that the guard acted in self-defense.

Is this unusual?

Ben-  Charity drop off sites are often targeted by criminals. Criminals also hunt for victims in parking lots late at night.

Rob- Concealed carry from under a coat in the wintertime.

Rob- defense at night.

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

Ben-  I live in San Antonio, Texas.  I do some traveling as I teach classes, but most of them are in central Texas.  Our listeners can contact me at Modern Self Protection.com  to see my class schedule and listen to my podcast. Unfortunately, I lost my day job during the week so I’m expanding the classes I’m doing.  

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

Ben – If these examples inspired you, then please share them with a friend.  Would you also give us a rating on I-Tunes.

I’m Rob Morse.  Please join us next week for more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

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Episode 37 with Ben Branam

Welcome to episode 37 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. We report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week.

Introduction- Rob- Welcome to episode 37 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. This podcast is now part of the Self-Defense Radio Network. I’m Rob Morse and we’re joined this week by self-defense instructor Ben Branam. I know you’ve been traveling. How have you been?

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Ben – Hi, Rob. (Ben, please give us a few sentences of your news.)

Rob- Besides being an instructor, Ben is also a podcaster on the Self-Defense Radio Network. He hosts the “Modern Self-Protection” podcast.

Ben- I want to welcome our new listeners, and say welcome back our regular listeners. Together, we report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense. We inform you about the news, and I hope we inspire you to defend the people you care about.

Ben- Our first story took place this month in Ohio.

Rob- first story- Are you armed at home? A couple woke up to hear their two dogs bark at about 7 in the morning. Then a stranger opened the bedroom door of their home in Akron, Ohio. The male homeowner grabbed his gun and held the 6-foot-5-inch stranger at gunpoint. The female homeowner called police. Then she grabbed her own gun and pointed it at the intruder as she stood on the other side of the bedroom. The robber was a felon who’d been convicted of attempted aggravated murder. The robber had taken off his jacket after he entered the home. Police found an illegal handgun in the robber’s jacket.

No shots were fired and the robber faces new charges of aggravated burglary and having weapons illegally.

Ben- ARMED COUPLE WORKS TOGETHER.. AND NO SHOTS FIRED.
Rob- Great teamwork. Where do you put the guns when the police arrive?
Ben- In the holster. But in this situation where a holster might not be part of your dress, I would drop the guns when asked to by police. As a side note, when 911 is called the caller should be giving a description of themselves (as the good guys) to the police.

Rob- The good guy is in his underwear.

Ben- This way when they police show up they have a better idea of who the players are. This is crucial in a situation like this where the homeowners are holding the bad guy at gunpoint.

Rob- It is unusual that only one robber broke in. Most robberies and attacks have more than one robber.

Ben- The bad guys usually work in teams. Good that the homeowners stayed in their bedroom.

Ben- Our second story took place in New Jersey.

Rob- Second Story- Are you armed at work? Yes, you can be armed at work even in anti-rights states like New Jersey. An man working in his tobacco shop in Garfield, New Jersey was determined not to be a victim. A robber wearing a mask and a hooded sweatshirt entered the shop. The robber pointed his gun at the owner and his wife. The owner drew his own firearm and shot the robber at extremely close range. The two men struggled before the robber ran. The robber had been been arrested for assault, theft, forgery, disorderly conduct and weapons offenses. Police picked up the wounded robber nearby.

Ben- Too close. I wish the man’s wife was armed too. The threat could have stopped much much sooner.

Rob- This took place in New Jersey where you can’t get a license to carry concealed. You can still carry at home and at work. What are the tradeoffs for choosing a home defense weapon?

Ben- small is easy to hide, but hard to shoot accurately at longer distances, although this story did happen at close range (full grip and short sight radius)
Small is light, but low capacity and uncomfortable to train with. (For longer and high round count classes)
While we’re talking about sub-compact guns, let’s address the elephant in the room …everyone wants to talk about “stopping power.” My overriding feeling on this is if you can only comfortably carry a smaller gun chambered in a smaller cartridge then that’s fine. Just be proficient enough with it to stop the threat that you are facing. A 5 inch 1911 in .45 that you left at home is inferior to the smaller gun in .380 or 9mm that you will have with you and can get multiple shots on target with.
Rob- They gun you like is the best one for you.

Ben- Our last story took place in Arizona.

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Rob- Third story- Do you have a gun in your bedroom? An 80 year old man didn’t hear someone opening a window and taking out a screen. The homeowner did hear someone moving abound and opening his cabinet drawers of his Cornville Arizona home. The homeowner grabbed his gun and confronted the intruder. The homeowner told the robber to lie on the floor. The robber complied and begged the homeowner not to shoot him. The homeowner turned away for a moment to grab his phone. That is when the robber ran. The homeowner did not shoot at the fleeing criminal. Police are still searching for the suspect.

Rob- Another defensive gun use with no shots fired.

Ben- Your home defense toolkit includes a gun, holster, a flashlight and your cellphone.

Rob- Lazy gun salesmen recommend a revolver for women and the elderly. What do you say?

Ben- Ugh. I hear this all the time. I have even had family members suggest that I get a revolver so I am not having to be bothered by running a slide. (Pause for laughter) Here is the thing, lots of women, me included, and especially the elderly will have weak grip strength. (Maybe tell about the instructor class where we tested this) The 11 or 12 pound trigger pull is extremely difficult to do once, let alone several times that it may take to stop a threat. I have been unable to pull the trigger on a revolver with my weak hand only. I am working on this.

We should also look at the felt recoil that will be present from this gun, especially if it’s a smaller revolver. I don’t know many elderly women who will practice with this enough to get proficient because it can be painful to shoot. I have seen this happen many times in classes.

Rob- That is a bad fit for most gun owners.

Ben- I have also taught a lady well into her 70’s to run a semi auto. It took about 15 minutes. She left our lesson that day and went out and bought herself the very gun I taught her on. The smile on her face when she realized she could handle a semi auto was priceless!

Rob- I’ve seen the same reaction.

Rob- We practice near and far away.

Ben- We train for 4 yards, but we want to practice at a greater distance.

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

Ben- I live in San Antonio, Texas. I do some traveling as I teach classes, but most of them are in the San Antonio area. Our listeners can contact me at Modern Self Protection .com to see my class schedule and my podcast.

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

Ben – If you liked these examples then please share them with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes.

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

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Episode 30 with Ben Branam

Welcome to episode 30 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. We report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week.

Introduction- Rob- We’re back with episode 30 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is now part of the Self-Defense Radio Network.  I’m Rob Morse and I’m joined this week by my friend and self-defense instructor Ben Branam.

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Ben- Hi, Rob.  Hi to our new listeners, and welcome back to our regular listeners. Together, we report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense.  We inform you about the news, and I hope we inspire you to defend the people you love.  Our first story took place last month in Georgia.

Rob- first story-  Are you armed at home? There was a long running police record of trouble between the homeowner’s daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend.  This time the trouble escalated just before 8 pm.  The ex- boyfriend was visiting the home located just outside Savannah.  The couple argued.  The ex-boyfriend struck the daughter on the side and on the head.  The homeowner tried to stop him and was pushed to the ground.  The boyfriend broke the homeowner’s phone as she tried to call police.  The daughter ran to her mother’s bedroom.  The boyfriend followed and threatened the daughter with a carpet knife.  He later tried to cut her.  The homeowner secured her firearm from a drawer and shot the attacker once.  That ended the attacks.  The homeowner then successfully called police.

Ben- Gun on her person.  Immediate harm. Sever threat. Lethal intent.  You need to establish your own security before calling the police.

Rob- Do restraining orders work?

Ben- Cut ties and ask everyone for help.

Rob- I wonder if the ex-boyfriend would have attacked the women if they were both armed.

Ben- Our second story took place last month in Pennsylvania.

Second Story-  Should you open the door to strangers?  A homeowner in Reade township heard a loud knock at his door at 10:30 pm.  A stranger on his front porch said he needed help because of an accident with an off road vehicle.  The homeowner cracked the door open and handed the stranger his cell phone.  The stranger pushed the door open and attacked the homeowner.  The homeowner was on his back when he un-holstered his handgun and shot his attacker.  The homeowner then called police.  The police took all the homeowner’s firearms.  The police are continuing their investigation.  There was another person in the home, but reports are unclear if they saw the incident.

Ben- It isn’t clear why the police pursued the investigation.  Don’t you wish you had surveillance video to prove your innocence?  It is going to cost the homeowner tens  of thousands of dollars to clear himself.

Rob- I’m glad the homeowner was armed.  What should he have done differently?

Ben- Offer to call for them, but don’t open the door.  

Our third story took place in Tennessee.

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Third story-  Are you armed at work?  A clerk was working at a small convenience store outside Knoxville.  The clerk saw a man in a ski mask walk up to the customer waiting in line to pay for her purchases.  The masked man drew a knife and held the knife against the woman’s throat.  He then demanded the money from the cash register.  The robber was holding the woman as a hostage.

The clerk drew his firearm and pointed it at the robber.  The robber backed up and used the female customer as a shield.  The robber ran from the scene on foot.  The customer was upset but not physically injured.  The clerk called the police.

Ben- An intruder wearing a mask in the summertime is a pretty good clue that something has gone wrong.

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

Ben-  I live in San Antonio, Texas.  I do some traveling as I teach classes, but most of them are in the San Antonio area.  Our listeners can contact me at Modern Self Protection .com  to see my class schedule and my podcast.

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

Ben- If these examples inspired you, then please share them with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes.

I’m Rob Morse.  Please join us next week for more Self-Defense Gun Stories.
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Episode 20 with Ben Branam

Welcome to episode 20 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. We report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week.

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Rob- Welcome to episode 20 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  I’m Rob Morse with self-defense instructor Ben Branam.

Ben- Hi, Rob.  Hello to our new listeners, and welcome back to our regular listeners. We report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week.  Our first example took place last month in Oregon.

First story-  James Rorox was walking with his girlfriend.  They walked through Rose Garden Park in Eugene, Oregon.  The park was busy and crowded at mid-day.  A man jumped at the couple and threatened them with a knife.  The robber demanded their money.  The attacker moved closer, and Rorox didn’t reach for his wallet.  He pulled his handgun and the robber ran.  Rorox called the police who arrested the robber.

Ben- This story is the rule.  This is what usually happens when a good guy needs his gun.  A guy defended himself and his girlfriend without firing a shot, but here is an interesting perspective.  Some anti-rights groups would say this was not a defensive gun use since Rorox didn’t pull the trigger.  I say it is.

Rob- you don’t have to know how to present your firearm to have a ccw license, do you.

Ben, no, but you really need to know that skill.  Don’t try to learn how to present a firearm on your own.  It is too dangerous.  Please get training before you carry.

Ben- our next story is from Michigan.

Second Story-  This man wasn’t expecting trouble .. or company.. at 2 in the morning as he walked home in Detroit.  Four young men crossed the street and approached him.  The four thugs had just robbed a woman only an hour earlier.  This time they asked the man for gas money.  The man ignored them until they pulled out a gun and hit him in the back of the head with a baton.  The victim was a security guard.  He has his concealed carry license.  The victim was also armed.  He pulled out his own firearm and shot the armed robber several times.  All of the robbers ran, but one was arrested and is now in the hospital in serious but stable condition.

Ben- Four on one.  Late at night.  Attackers were prepared with weapons.  Practice your aim, because with four against one, you are outgunned even if only one of the robbers was armed.

Rob- shooting at close quarters, multiple moving targets, in the dark, while you are moving.  That is a far cry from standing in a lane shooting at paper targets at the range.

Ben- Yea, that takes some practice.

Rob- what do we need to practice?

Ben-?

Ben- our next story takes place in Illinois.

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Third story- A 28 year old man walked to his car just before midnight on Chcago’s north-west side.  Two teenagers walked up to him and told the man to give them his money.  The two teenagers had guns.  The 28 year old fought with the two teenagers, and then the victim presented his gun and shot the robbers.  The robbers fired back, but did not hit the victim.  One of the robbers was hit twice in the neck and was admitted to the hospital in critical condition.  The second robber is still being sought by chicago police.

Ben- Good on him for prevailing, but Alone, late at night, in Chicago.

Rob- was the victim justified?

Rob- When should you present a firearm?

Rob- What is the biggest hurdle for self-defense?

Ben- Mental preperation.  I bet the victim had heard of other people getting robbed in the area.  This victim wasn’t asking if this was really happening to him.  He recognized that he had to act.

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

Ben- They can contact me at Modern Self Protection .com  to see my class schedule and my podcast.

Rob- Our listeners can share their comments on the podcast facebook page.

I’m Rob Morse.  Please join us next week for more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

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Episode 12 with Ben Branam

Welcome to episode 12 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. We report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week.

Introduction- Welcome to episode 12 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  I’m Rob Morse.  This week I’m joined by self-defense instructor Ben Branam.  Hello, Ben.

Ben- Hi, Rob, Together, we’ll report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week. Our first example took  this month in Louisiana

First story-  Three men broke into a home during the early morning in Youngsville.  They fired several shots inside the home before the homeowner returned fire.  The homeowner shot one of the robbers.  The suspects then ran from the scene.  Police arrested the three at a local hospital.  The wounded criminal is expected to survive.  All three are charged with robbery and attempted murder.  There were several smash and grab robberies reported in the area during the last several days.

Ben- Time to retrieve vs locked and loaded.

The next story is from Orlando, Florida.

Second Story-  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-fatal-gas-station-shooting-orlando-20160425-story.html

That is right, Ben.  Two men walked into a small gas station convenience store.  One was a licensed  concealed carry holder.  The second person was a repeat felon out of jail on bond with a criminal history of 30 arrests including drug possession and assault.  The felon had a handgun partially concealed in his waistband.  The two men argued and the felon drew his handgun and pointed it at the concealed carry holder.  The concealed carry holder drew and fired several times.  Each shot hit the felon.  No one else was injured.  The concealed carry holder cooperated with police and remained at the scene.  Security video and witnesses confirm the story that the felon initiated the argument.

Ben- My plan is to leave.  You know you are going to a gunfight if you’re involved, because you brought the gun.

Rob- Ben, you said something that stayed with me.  We can lose any fight we enter, and we can’t afford to lose.  Walk away unless your wife and children are at risk.

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Third story-  A family in Sacramento, California heard their dog bark as they ate, dressed, and got ready for the day.  The female homeowner heard her dog bark.  The homeowner turned around and saw a man enter their home.  She ran to her bedroom and barricaded the door with her husband and two small children inside.  The intruder tried to enter their bedroom.

The homeowner got his gun, cleared the house and found the intruder curled up in the bushes outside.  He ordered the intruder not to move.  Police arrested the man  and are conducting a mental health evaluation.

Ben- The husband and wife said they acted on instinct.  Don’t go looking for trouble.  Let the police do that.  That is what they get paid for.  They have city lawyers who will defend them.  You don’t.

Practice retreating to your safe room.

Exit- That wraps up this episode. Ben, thank you for helping me today.  Where can our listeners find you?

Ben- They can contact me at Modern Self Protection .com  to see my class schedule and my podcast.

Rob- That reminds me.  Listeners can leave a comment on our facebook page or at self defense gun stories dot com,

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Episode 4 with Ben Branam

Introduction- Welcome to episode 4 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  I’m Rob Morse with instructor and podcaster Ben Branam.  Together, we report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week. Hi, Ben.

Ben- Hi, Rob. Our first example took place last month in Birmingham, Alabama.

1- Home invasion Birmingham Alabama  An 8 year old boy named DJ arrived home a few minutes early from school.  DJ let himself in the house.  A few minutes later, DJ heard three young men trying to get in the house through the front door.  DJ ran upstairs.  He also hid under his bed, called his dad, and called police.  DJ’s dad usually meets him when he comes home from school, so his dad was already on the way home when he got the call.  The father was already armed when he arrived home.  The homeowner found three young men in their 20’s inside his home.  He shot one of them and the other two escaped.  Police arrived moments later.

Chief Deputy Randy Christian said “ There are.. activities in this life that increase your chances of losing yours. Kicking in a door and entering someone’s home with criminal intent is one of them. Thank God this little boy and his dad are ok.”  The couple lived in the home for 10 years.  Now their son wants to move.

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2- Woman attacked at Detroit GM office  In this story, a man broke the rules.. and saved a life.  Didarul Sarder works for a limousine service.  He was working outside the General Motor’s Vehicle Engineering Center in Detroit.  A young woman visited the company and asked to speak with her mom who worked at the plant.

The two women argued, and the young woman stabbed her mother several times.  Other people looked on, but the limousine driver, Didarul Sarder stepped in.  He is licensed to carry a firearm in Michigan.  He was carrying that day.  He drew his personal firearm and told the young woman to stop.  She did.  Medical personnel took the injured woman to the hospital.  Police took the attacker to jail.  The limousine driver was fired for breaking company policy and bringing a firearm on company property.

There was no armed security protecting people as they went to their cars, entered cabs, or took limousines to the airport.  There was only a plastic sign, and that wasn’t enough.

Ben-  The limousine driver was re-hired, but there is a larger issue than his job.  The driver takes strangers to dangerous places at night.  He decided to protect himself.  He did it legally and got his carry license.  The limousine service and GM have their own rules.  You can’t please everyone, but you can do the right thing.. and in this case, save a life.

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Realtor meets thieves in an unoccupied  home.  A realtor in Nashville, Tennessee was looking for a home to buy.  He and his wife entered this newly built home.. to find out that they were not alone.  Two men had pried open the back door and were ransacking the upstairs.  

The realtor put his hand on his gun, but did not draw it.  That was when a thief with gang tattoos on his neck and hands came down stairs.  They made small talk and said they were going to look at the back yard.

That is where the realtor called police.  The two thieves had left by the time police arrived.  The officer said that many of the new homes had been broken into.

Exit- Ben Branam, where can our listeners find out more about you?

Ben- They can contact me at Modern Self Protection .com  to see my class schedule and my podcast.

Rob- Thanks, Ben.  Join us next week for more Self-Defense Gun Stories.