Episode 12 with Ben Branam

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,

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

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