Episode 7 with Robyn Street

Introduction- Welcome to episode 7 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  I’m Rob Morse with self-defense instructor Robyn Street.  Hello, Robyn.  

Robyn- Hi, Rob.  Together, we report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week.  I was struck by the similarities and differences of the three stories this week.

Rob, So you looked ahead.

Robyn, I did.  Let’s talk about these examples before we start.

Similarities: All three of these news stories took place in common places that we go every day.  (work, home and a parking lot).  We need to realize there is risk wherever we are.  We need to be prepared wherever we go.  We can do our best to minimize our risk but we cannot eliminate the risk.  We have to be prepared at all times.

In every scenario they all had quick access to their gun.

Just because you made the decision to buy a gun does not make you safe.  It is one step of many in your self defense journey.

If the attack is imminent.  The attacks are occurring right now.  If you need a gun to defend your life, you don’t have time to go home and get it out of your safe.  In each of these scenarios the people had made the decision to have quick access to their firearm.

As far as Differences: One of them actually fired the gun and the other two did not.  Once the gun was presented the attackers “changed their mind.”

I am so impressed that these armed citizens had the presence of mind and self-discipline not to shoot after the threat no longer existed.

We can’t count on the attackers changing their plan and leaving but we need to be prepared for it. (no shoot scenarios)

Rob- So you teach your students to shoot a gun.. And to not shoot a gun.

Robyn- Yes, they really need to learn both if they want to be safe AND responsible.  The attackers are proactive – they have a plan.  They had time to prepare.  As innocent individuals we are reactive – we have to quickly analyze what is happening, make a plan and enact our plan.  When seconds count … mindset training, increased awareness and that can buy us precious time.

 When we teach our classes we focus on mindset, legal issues and firearm skills.  We also encourage our students to get as much medical training as possible.  Today I really want to try to stay focused on the mindset.

We are very fortunate because we have a facility that includes a video simulator we use with our students.  The training is invaluable.

The participants are faced with real life scenarios.  They involve real life people acting out potentially dangerous situations at home, at the office, at the mall or in parking lots.

This helps our students realize that dangerous situations can occur anywhere.  They always need to be prepared.  These simulations also reinforce how little time that an armed civilian has to make decisions and gather self-defense tools.

We have had students stand and watch the entire scenario play out without moving at all.  Several of them have had the actors fire a potentially lethal shot at them.  I am telling you this not to point out their failure but to highlight how important this aspect of training is.

Rob- You want to make those mistakes in a training environment.

Robyn- Everyone in class learns from those sort of mistakes.  Those students were like a deer in car headlights.  Startled and incapable of comprehending what is occurring.  It is such a great learning tool.  Their mind did not have a parking spot for such a violent episode.  Their brain was forced to deal with a novel stimulus.  So they were stuck in a loop of this cannot be happening to me, why is this happening.  In reality it does not matter why you, why now.  It is happening and you will have to deal with it.

From that moment on they start looking at their environment very differently.  They understand the importance of awareness.  They practice making if – then decisions as they go throughout their day.

Athletes use previsualization to mentally walk through scenarios.  We need to use it too, and we can.  We can work through scenarios using a training simulator, when we watch the news, when we listen to blog episodes like this, as we just go throughout our day.  It gives us a mental workout.  Training our brains increases our awareness, it can buy us time and it lets us consider  more options on how to deal with a violent encounter.

You can’t stay in denial or panic.  You have to stay in control, make decisions, plan and act.

I also think that it is important that we practice and analyze some shoot and some no-shoot scenarios.  It is important to train with the realization that I am only going to present my firearm when I am in fear of death or great bodily harm of myself or my loved ones.  But just because I have made the decision to present my firearm does not mean that I am going to fire my gun.  It is incredibly important to stay in charge of the situation.  You have to make a critical decision, incredibly quickly in a very tense situation.

Finally, we also focus on what they need to do after the scenario.  We talk about what steps they need to take to access whether or not they are still in danger and calling the police ( if they haven’t already done so.)  We have they call the police and we interact with them in the role of the 911 operator and first responder.  We need to practice what we need to tell them and what we should not talk about until we have discussed it with our attorney.

We are incredibly fortunate to have access to the facility but you can visualize scenarios and potential decisions with a little imagination or by analyzing scenarios have occurred.  That is why I would like to focus on mindset as we look at the three scenarios today.

First story-  A man attacked in his jewelry store

Rob-  Our first example took place this month in a Los Angeles area jewelry store.  The owner was attacked after he buzzed a new customer through his locked security door and into the store.  The customer turned robber drew his firearm once he was inside.   The robber threatened the owner with a gun, but the jewelry store owner was armed as well.  The owner shot the thief.  The owner called police and remained on scene for the police to arrive.

Robyn –  I think that this shop owner had already allocated some time training his brain.

First of all, if this is a shop had he had to buzz people in.  I think that the shop owner had already decided that he was in a potentially dangerous situation.  He needed to control and be very aware of who entered his store.

You described him as being friendly.  What a great way to get a reading on who has entered the store.  While warmly greeting the person. He was free to analyze their demeanor, verbal and physical reactions.

Violent criminal actors have to be very good at selecting their victims.  They develop good skills of reading people.  We have to be committed to being equally good at reading everyone we encounter so that we can recognize when we are in danger.  You can think about it like “interviewing” everyone we encounter.

We don’t have to greet people with a suspicious interrogation.  He would not be in business very long if he did.  But we can be focused on gathering potentially crucial information while we are offering a friendly greeting.  That is good for business too.

I believe that is what allowed the shop owner to switch so quickly from being a “nice guy” to using lethal force to defend his life.

He was able to react so quickly to the bad guys proactive attack, the store owner must have had quick access to his firearm.  Its sounds like he was carrying his firearm in a holster on his body.

He had analyzed the situation, probably worked through similar scenarios and he had a gun with him.  He also had the skills necessary to safely present the firearm without hurting himself.  He was accurate enough that his first shot hit the bad guy.  We don’t know how effective his shot placement was.  But you did indicate that the bad guy was shot.

As soon as possible he needed to call 911.  (ambulance and cruiser)

So that wraps up the first example.

Second Story-  A woman attacked in her home.

Rob- In our second story, a woman was attacked in her home.  Two men in their late teens to early twenties rang the bell at her front door.  The homeowner didn’t know the men so she didn’t answer or open the door.  The two men went around to the back of the house.  They entered her screen porch and then kicked in her back door.  They intruders met the owner who was standing inside her home with her pistol pointed at the two intruders.  They ran.  Several homes were entered in a similar manner that week.

Robyn- I want to point out how important it is to make changes to your house to make it a “hard target.”  Motion sensor lights, shrubbery trimmed, locked doors etc.  Just like video training, and visualization buy us time so do locked doors.

It appears that the homeowner had thought about this.  The bad guys had to kick in the door to enter.  To me that means that she had the door locked.  Good for her.

I like the fact that she did not answer or open the door when she did not recognize them.

We don’t know how long it took for them to move around to the back door.  We do know that it was long enough for her to have her gun in hand.

You said that when they kicked in the back door she was standing there with a gun pointed at them.

If she had time to prepare, I would certainly would have suggested that she call 911. If she had even set the phone down there would be a recording of the event.  Officers would be on the way.  She would be in charge of the immediate situation but law enforcement would be on their way.

If she had time I would have suggested that she positioned herself somewhere in the house when she would have concealment or cover.  I would prefer that she position herself in a corner if possible so that no one could sneak up on her from behind.

Since we are doing down the trail of if. I would also like for her to turn off the lighting where she was and use a flashlight to illuminate the intruders.  At our house we have motion sensors on the light fixtures near the entry points.  Anyone that comes in is illuminated.  It is important to verify who is there.  If she was hidden in the dark, she could illuminate the intruders and offered verbal challenges.  Something like “The police are on their way and I have a gun.  Get out now.”

In this case, when the intruders saw the firearm they decided to change their plans.  I am glad that she was in control of the situation and did not fire a shot since the threat no longer existed.

Often we say avoid the attackers, so we ask why she didn’t run out the other door.  As you recall she was already apprehensive of the guys at the front door.  She had no idea what she would be running into. In this case, staying put and calling the police was the right thing to do.

What is our next story?

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Third story-  This happened to a 22 year old woman crossing a parking lot on the way to her car.

Robyn- Did it happen at night?

Rob- A twenty two year old woman was walking from the store to her car. Yes, Robyn, it was late at night.  A man walked up to this woman  and demanded her purse.  Two other men crossed the parking lot and the three men surrounded her.  She presented her firearm from her purse.  The three men ran.  She called police.

I am so glad we are talking about this one. Tom Givens, recently told us that parking lots are some of the most dangerous places we go.  Think about all the people that you see walking to the car with their arms full of packages or worse yet using their phone while they are digging for their keys.  Those people are completely oblivious about what is going on around them.

To be proactive I would have suggested that she could ask a store employee (security guard etc.) to walk her to her car.  Since she didn’t do that, we have a young lady walking by herself at night in a parking lot.  She was unaware of the people around her.  You said that the young man walked up to her.  Right there I think that she allowed him to get too close to her.

Rob- Ask for a grocery clerk to give her an escort to her car.

We tell people to carry a flashlight for a variety of reasons.  Even if there are lights in the parking lot a flashlight allows us to gather even more information.  It also sends a message that we are aware of our environment.  As an added bonus, for most criminals the only people they have ever seen carrying a flashlight are police officers.  Remember they were watching “interviewing” other people in the parking lot.  We want to fail their interview.  Distracted unaware people make it easier for the robbers to succeed.

If she had noticed the robbers approaching her, there is nothing wrong with giving them a strong “That is close enough with your arm extended.”  The robbers don’t want to draw attention to themselves.  If you are wrong, some stranger thinks you are a little crazy, but if you are right you might fail this interview and change their mind.

It seems obvious that did not happen since we know a man walked up to her and eventually she had three men surrounding her.  At that point she was in a terrible situation.

She did have the firearm in her purse.  As you can see this happens quickly.  She did not have time to go get anything.

When she presented the firearm they ran away.  Again, we can’t count on that reaction but when it occurs the threat no longer exists.  She had the discipline not to shoot.

It is very important that she called the police.  She needed to tell the police what happened and what she had to do.  She needed to tell the police her side of the story before someone else called them.  Other people, including the bad guys, may call with incomplete or incorrect information about the attack.  She wants to be the victim rather than the suspect when the police arrive.

There is so much to learn from each scenario but I hope that focusing on the importance of mindset and visualization will encourage our listeners to train their brain and be prepared.  Mindset is such an important component to living a prepared lifestyle.

Rob: Exit- That wraps up this episode.

Robyn, thank you for helping me today.  

Rob: Where can our listeners learn more about you?

Robyn- I teach in Naples Florida, and our listeners can find us at Step by Step Gun Training.com  We design custom training as well as offer standard group classes.

Rob- That reminds me.  Listeners can leave a comment and on our facebook page.  We received some feedback.  A listener from San Diego asked for the references for each of the stories we talk about.  If you listen to us on your cell phone, those references are included in the published cell notes on the next page of the podcast.  The links are also on our web page at self defense gun stories dot com,

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

Episode 6 with David Cole


Introduction- Welcome to episode 6 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  I’m Rob Morse with self-defense instructor and handgun competitor David Cole.  Hello, David.  Together, we report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week.

David- Our first example took place last month in Nashville, Tennessee.

First story-  Self defense inside a gated community  It was the middle of the night when an apartment owner heard someone banging at his bedroom window.  The owner called police and picked up his pistol.  A minute later, a stranger kicked in the owner’s back door.  The owner stayed in his bedroom.  The robber came into the bedroom and the homeowner shouted for the intruder to stop.  The robber reached for his gun, and the defender shot him.  The intruder ran from the home.

The intruder had a criminal history.  He had a pistol inside the waistband of his pants.  The resident cooperated with police and is not expected to face charges.  The apartment complex is a gated community and police are trying to identify how the armed robber got inside.

Easy entry to a gated community. Concealment inside your bedroom. How long does it take to walk to another room, unlock a gun and load it. 

Cover vs concealment. Verbal warning on entry- I’ve called to police and I’m armed. 

Second Story- Saved by a good grandson with a gun–  An older woman was driven to her bank by her grandson.  The grandson parked the car, and grandma walked up to her bank ATM.  This was at 10pm.  An armed  stranger approached the older woman.  The stranger demanded the woman’s money and waved the gun close to her face.  The grandson saw the intruder, saw his gun, and stepped out of his car.   The grandson drew his own firearm.  The robber fired first.  The grandson fired second, and hit the robber.  The robber ran from the scene. All this happened in Selma, Alabama.

David, was there time to get a gun from the trunk of his car? Grandson carried concealed.  When was the grandson justified in using lethal force? When do gun owners learn to draw a concealed firearm? 

First they learn range safety, Progress to concealed carry laws, Range practice, Presentation practice, Concealed practice, Shooting while you move and think

How long would that take to learn, not to competition levels, but to present a firearm safely?

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Third story- Saved by another employee– Joseph Curry drove up to the Jacksonville, Florida landscape company where he worked.  People were running from the building yelling that another employee was shooting people inside.  Curry got out of his car and stepped into the building with his gun.  That is when Curry met the armed attacker holding a pistol in his hands.  Evidently the attacker’s gun had jammed, and the attacker was heading outside to get a baseball bat from his truck.

Curry told the attacker to drop the gun.  The attacker saw Curry’s gun.  The attacker dropped his gun and ran. Curry let him go.   The attacker was arrested by police a few blocks away.

David- No shots fired
Time to go back to his car after he saw the attacker?
When and why was Curry justified to use lethal force?
There were other employees in the building.
The defender stopped mass murder.

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

David Cole- They can contact me at Aegis Solutions, and at Blackman with a Gun.

Rob- Thank you for reminding me, Dave.  Listeners can find us and leave a comment at self defense gun stories dot com, and on our facebook page.

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

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Episode 5 with Tatiana Whitlock

Introduction-  Welcome to episode 5 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  I’m Rob Morse with firearms instructor Tatiana Whitlock.  Hello, Tatiana.  Together, we bring you examples of armed civilian defense each week.

Tatiana- Our first example took place last week on the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

First story- Elderly couple attacked by two men in their 20s– It was a little after 8:30 in the evening.  A 65 year old man and his wife were walking home from their business in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia.  They’ve lived there for 40 years.  The couple passed two young men on their walk.  One of the men said “What are you looking at?”  The couple stepped back, but moments later the two young men attacked them.  The old man was knocked down and kicked.  The old woman was hit as well.  From the ground, the old man drew his licensed firearm and shot his two attackers.

The elderly man was taken to the hospital with cuts and bruises on his face, head, neck and chest.  The two young men went to the hospital with gunshot wounds and are in stable condition.

Tatiana-  Disparity of force.  Mantle of innocence.  Young men were not covered with bruises.  The old man was.  Options?  The couple can’t run.

Licensed firearm increases his credibility as a law abiding person.

The defender stopped shooting when the attackers withdrew.

Rob- When would a student learn to present a firearm while he is lying on the ground?

Second Story- Robbed at a corner store in downtown Philadelphia.  This second story also happened in Philadelphia.  A driver and his passenger stopped their car at a corner convenience store at 5:30 in the evening.  The driver was first approached by a man selling drugs.  The driver ignored the seller, and the seller went away.  A group of men then moved toward the car and surrounded the vehicle.  One of the group lay across the hood of the car.   A man opened the car door from the outside.  The driver saw he had a gun tucked into his waistband.  The driver then presented his own firearm and shot the intruder.  The two people in the car drove away, called police, and returned to the scene.  They met uniformed police and told them what happened.  The driver has a permit to legally carry a firearm.  The intruder was shot four times, twice in each leg.

Tatiana- Theft vs robbery vs kidnapping the passenger.

Be the first one on the phone.

It is a clue when the druggies are dealing in on the street in the daylight.

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Third story- Robber shot after failed home invasion  A couple heard a man pound on their front door just after midnight.  The visitor claimed he needed help and needed to use the phone.  Once the couple opened their front door, the stranger pushed his way into the home and presented his firearm.  The intruder gathering items to steal while he held the young man and women who lived in the home at gunpoint.  The robber moved them from room to room, and the male homeowner picked up his own gun.  The homeowner shot the robber.  The robber ran outside.

There were several recent robberies by a man who fit this physical description.

Tatiana- You will not have time to get a gun by the time you know you need one.  That is why you have to be prepared.  Don’t open the door.  

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

Tatiana- They can contact me at http://tatianawhitlock.com/
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tatiana.whitlock/
Wide open spaces.com and at recoilweb.com

Rob- You reminded me.  Listeners can find us and leave a comment at self defense gun stories dot com, and on our facebook page.  I’m Rob Morse.  Please join us next week for more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

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.

Ben comments-

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.

Episode 3 with Tony Simon

Introduction- Welcome to episode 3 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  I’m Rob Morse with instructor Tony Simon.  Hi, Tony.  We report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week.

Tony- Our first example took place last month in Virginia.

1-Store clerk stops thieves- one dead, second in hospital  Two armed men entered a Gift Card ATM store in Hampton, Virginia.  It was about 6pm.  The thieves announced a robbery and forced the store clerk behind the counter to give them money.  To their surprise, the clerk was armed with a gun of his own.  He shot the two thieves.  One died on the scene .  No customers or bystanders were injured.  The second thief collapsed from his wounds a few blocks away.  The second thief faces charges of abduction, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary while armed, discharging a firearm within an occupied building, wearing a mask in public and four counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.  The thief will be charged when he leaves the hospital. 

Be careful if you look this story up for yourself because you might not get the complete story.  Most of the news articles ignored that the criminals were armed and that the thieves fired their guns.

Tony Comments- Physical- Concealed carry again. No such thing as the “one shot stop.” Results- no injured customers, bystanders or employees. Was the employee at risk? When did he know it? What is he allowed to do to protect himself? Is that morally justified?

2- 71 year old convenience store owner stops thief with no shots fired A 71-year-old convenience store owner was opening her shop at 5AM.  At that hour you’re making coffee and putting change into the cash drawer.  You aren’t expecting, at least not in Buckhead, Georgia.  Unfortunately, we don’t get to schedule a violent attack.  The store owner, Janet Willis, saw William Dennis when Mister Dennis entered her store.   Dennis demanded the keys to the store owner’s car.  At that point, Janet Willis, the store owner, hit a silent alarm to summon police.  The thief said he had already killed his mother and would kill her too if she didn’t give him the keys. Quote, “I was afraid he was going to jump me,” she said.  Ms Willis stands all of 5 feet, 1 inch tall.  The thief turned to look at another customer and Ms Willis grabbed a 9mm handgun she keeps under the counter.  She kept her gun pointed at the thief as he ran from the store.  He was later arrested by police for auto theft and attempted robbery. 

Tony Comments- Physical- She is a little old lady, so there was a disparity of size. Guns make us equal. The shop owner had her gun behind the counter and not on her hip.  What if the robber had crossed the counter moved between the store owner and her gun? On body carry is ALWAYS going to be the best option. There is also the option of simply giving him the keys, though that is no guarantee that he won’t kill you anyway. But if you can avoid the fight…

?I don’t have a panic button, but I have a car alarm on my key ring. One option could be to retrieve the keys as ordered, then press the panic button as a diversion. If it makes the bad guy look…there’s your opening to flee or fight. If he doesn’t, explain it away as an accident due to nervousness. If there’s no alarm on the key fob, another option might be to “accidentally” drop the keys when handing them over in order to create an opening.

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3- Police have a difficult job, and so do armed homeowners.  A criminal was having mental problems for the preceding week, but his crimes were never serious enough that the Montpelier, Vermont police could arrest him.  That changed on a Tuesday night late in January.  A family was sleeping upstairs.  They woke up to hear glass breaking as 27-year-old Jesse Fitzgerald kicks his way through the mudroom door and into the kitchen.  The husband got his gun and the wife called 911.  From the top of the stairs, the man told the intruder that he had a gun and that the police were on their way.  That kept the intruder downstairs, and a few minutes later, Fitzgerald left the house.

Fitzgerald went back into the house when police arrived.  The homeowners closed their bedroom door and the police sent in a police dog.  The police then tackled the intruder.  Fitzgerald is being held for mental observation.

Tony Comments- Flashlight? Second gun or second intruder? 

Exit- Tony Simon, thank you for helping me today.  Where can our listeners find you?

They can contact me on Facebook at Simon Says Train or at The Second is for Everyone.

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


Episode 2 with Amber Kunau

Introduction- Rob- Welcome to episode 2 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  I’m Rob Morse with instructor Amber Kunau.  Hi, Amber.  Together, we report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week.

 Amber- Our first example took place last month in Kentucky..

1.- Purse Carry in a Louisville, KY Parking Lot  A woman was sitting in her car in a parking garage in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  A man approached her, presented a knife and demanded her money.  The woman reached into her purse as if she was going for her wallet.  She pulled her gun instead and shot the man.  The man ran a few blocks and then asked for help.  Bystanders called for EMTs and the woman called for police.  She was unhurt.  The attacker is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

This took place at 6pm just after work, not at midnight.  We commented that thieves would try to grab a woman’s purse, so that means a thief could disarm you.

Amber Notes: Off body carry is not ideal, but happened to work out in this case.  She could have been easily disarmed had the thief taken the whole purse.  Better to carry in a purse than not at all,  Every situation is different. Can’t plan for every instance-do the best you can “improvise”.  What would have happened if she hadn’t had a gun? She could be dead, injured or she could be OK. 

Was she in fear for her life or did she just not want her purse stolen?

Purse stealing not a big deal BUT personal info, house keys stolen, ID with address could lead to other things. Shouldn’t be sitting in your car.  Situational awareness is a term I want you to familiarize with. Think about it, stay safe. Don’t become a victim. Common sense

2- Armed-Citizen Intervention:  What would you do if you saw another person being attacked?  Would you stand back, take pictures and be a good witness?  Does your answer change if the victim is a sheriff’s deputy in uniform and the attacker is going for the deputy’s gun?

Texas Deputy Dylan Dorris was have a very bad day.  The deputy responded to a problem at a gas station in Bastrop county.  It was almost 10 pm when the deputy stopped to talk to a man after reports of a man driving erratically with a child in the car.

The deputy stopped the car and the driver attacked the deputy, punching the deputy and reaching for his gun. An armed civilian saw the fight and stepped in to help.  

Scott Perkins yelled “Freeze!” as he pointed his concealed carry weapon at the suspect.  The suspect stopped fighting the deputy and ran.  The suspect was later arrested later by two deputies.  He was charged with  aggravated assault of a public servant, taking an officer’s weapon, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, and driving while under the influence.

The deputy was hospitalized and released.  He said, “There are no words to explain it.  I’m alive today because of him.”  A sheriff’s spokesman said, “This is a situation where being a license to carry holder truly did save a life.”

Amber Notes: Give example of armed Sheriff Posse Member in Phoenix intervening in a suspect/police fight. Coma, almost died. Are you willing to risk your life? In this case it worked out but the alternative? Judgement call.  Better be prepared if you are going to get involved. You could become a hero or you could become seriously injured or die. Repeat to yourself I am not the police

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3-Georgia Home Invasion stopped with old rifle: A metro Atlanta man is very lucky he kept an old hunting rifle in his home.  28 year old Timo Hernandez had his mother in town for a visit. There was a knock at the front door as they sat down to eat dinner.  This is what Mr. Hernandez said happened next. “When I opened the door, these two guys stormed in with guns and started pistol-whipping me and took me to the ground.” The second intruder went after his mother, who was trying to escape. Quote “He started pistol whipping and kicking her in the side…He put a gun to my head.”

The son’s attacker demanded money and forced him through the house at gunpoint. They took him to a guest bedroom and threw him to the ground.  That is when Hernandez decided to fight back. His father’s old hunting rifle was stored in that guest room. Hernandez grabbed the rifle, and shot both men.  The thieves ran from the house.  The first one died on a neighbor’s lawn while the second attacker died in the hospital a few days later. 

Amber comments- What if they’d kept him out of that particular room?  Make sure your guns are easily accessible but safe if you have kids etc. Do you keep your guns loaded? There is no time to load a gun in an emergency.  NRA safety rules say keep gun unloaded.  Use common sense.

Rob-  I recommend keep at least ONE gun in your house loaded and easily accessible. Gun safe, biometric safe etc. Don’t open the door for strangers ever. Security door, layers of protection. Answer the door with your gun on you. Carry at home.

No such thing as a “one shot stop,” even from a rifle.  I’ve personally shot deer through the heart and lungs with a .308 Winchester, and still have it run 100 yards before going down.

Exit- Amber Kunau, thank you for helping me today.  Where can our listeners find you?
Amber Kunau- They can contact me Instructor Amber K on Facebook.
Rob- Join us next week for more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

Episode 1 with Jenna Meek

Introduction- Rob- Welcome to episode 1 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  I’m Rob Morse with instructor Jenna Meek.  Hi, Jenna.  Together, we report and analyze examples of armed civilian defense each week.

Jenna- Our first example took place last month in Alaska.

1 First story- Concealed carrier saves security guard (and stops mass murder)-  

Rob- 22 year old Matthew Willhite had never drawn his gun in public.  Come to think of it, most of us who carry concealed haven’t done so either.  Matthew was carrying concealed as he does every day.  This day he was with his girlfriend as she went shopping in a local mall.  It was an ordinary day.. until a mall security guard approached another man and told him to stop.  The man was being detained for shoplifting.  The shoplifter was armed and the shoplifter drew his gun and pointed it at the security guard.  The guard pushed the gun away and the two men struggled.

Matthew Willhite heard the security guard yell “Gun, gun, gun!” and then yell for help.  Willhite pulled his own firearm and pointed it at the armed thief.  In Willhite’s own words, “I yelled that I had a gun and he should drop it, and he eventually saw (the .45).  Once he dropped the gun, the security officer handed me the gun, so I kicked it behind me and kept (my gun) on him until the security officers put handcuffs on him.”  Willhite said he had his gun at “an angle where he could see me, but nobody else was going to get hurt.”

Jenna, what do you think of that?

JENNA comments-  Techniques- ?Does your wife or girlfriend hold your strong hand as you walk? Do you carry bags or packages in your strong hand?

Are you willing to move so you have a clear shot before you put your finger on the trigger?

Results- Think about this. The thief had more than four cartridges.  There were more than four people in the mall.  I think this armed young man stopped mass murder!

2- Store clerk saves employees and customer..again (and stops mass murder)

This incident started with a loud bang.  The convenience store owner didn’t have time to react before the masked robber drew a gun, stepped past customers and started shooting.  The store owner and another employee grabbed guns that were hidden behind the counter at Snappy’s Convenience Store in Deerfield Beach, Florida.  The owner and employee fired back .. several times.  The store owner’s gun jammed, and by the time he secured a third gun that he had hidden behind the counter, the thief was down and out of the fight.  Surveillance video confirms the owner’s story.  Both victims were shooting.  Police pronounced the thief dead at the scene.  The thief had a criminal history of drug trafficking and was out of jail on probation.

This was the third time the store owner faced an attempted armed robbery.  They had six firearms kept hidden around the store.  This was the third time they fought back and prevailed. 

JENNA comments- Physical- Loose guns get ignored, get dirty, and jam. Also, the best place for a defensive firearm is ON YOUR PERSON.

They ducked behind the counter and moved. Counter was probably not actually adequate cover from bullets. Consider the materials; would it have stopped bullets?

Two defenders versus one attacker.

Have you ever practiced with your spouse or co-worker to walk to the household guns and defend the family?  It took us over a minute to get a loaded gun in hand.  Presentation from concealed carry takes 1 second. I keep a gun on my person, even at home.

Was there time to call the police?

The thief didn’t ask for cash, he started shooting.

Results- There were three employees and at least one customer in the store.  A mass murder is four or more people killed in a single incident.  I’m sure it felt like self-defense, but the store owner stopped mass murder.

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3- Concealed carry while you get your haircut (and stop mass murder)

Two masked and armed criminals pushed their way into a crowded Columbia, South Carolina barbershop filled with men, women and children.  One of the men carried a long gun and the other had a handgun.  The two thugs demanded money and repeatedly threatened everyone with violent death.  They told the customers to put their hands up, and one by one, to empty their pockets.  Fortunately, two of the victims had concealed carry permits.. and they were armed.  The barber told the thief that his money was behind the barber chair.  The barber and another store customer started shooting when the thief turned.  Their shots struck one of the robbers several times.

The two criminals ran from the barbershop. One escaped, the other dropped to the street.  He died in a nearby hospital. None of the customers or employees in the barbershop were injured.

Investigators determined that the suspect’s weapons was stolen from a South Carolina home back in 2012.  Police examined surveillance video and ruled the incident as self-defense.

JENNA comments- Physical-  Would this have worked at all with off body carry, say a woman had her gun in her purse while she was having her hair done? This is a big problem with off body carry.

Mental- Is a barbershop where you expect to be robbed?  It isn’t a nightclub.  It isn’t a convenience store next to the highway late at night.

The robbery victims were armed.  They did not present their weapons and fire as soon as they saw the threat.  They waited for an opportunity when the robbers were looking away.

Lots of screaming, crying and moving people.  This is not like our square shooting range. The robbers were shot and still ran away. 87 percent of handgun wounds are not lethal. Results- Another mass murder that didn’t happen because of a good buy with a gun.

Exit- Jenna Meeks, thank you for helping me today.  Where can our listeners find you?

Jenna- They can contact me Carry On Colorado Dot Com.  Here is my new book “Calling the Shots” on Amazon.

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