Episode 20 with Ben Branam

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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- 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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