Episode 38 with David Cole
Introduction- Rob- Welcome to episode 38 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 David Cole. How have you been, David?
David – Hi, Rob. We dodged a bullet in the last election, but we have to make sure the republican’s don’t make excuses.
Rob- Politicians won’t do more than we expect them to do.
David- I wrote about this at Black Man With A Gun.. and the article was called…Roll Up Your Sleeves. Firearms owners cannot let down our guard, and we need to seize this opportunity to make some strides towards restoring the 2nd Amendment. I hope we’ll see some improvements in my state of Kentucky.
Rob- I hope you’re right.
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 care about.
Our first story took place this month in Michigan.
First story- Are you armed at home? Eight young men broke into a home in Lansing Michigan last week. That’s right, there were eight of them, and the robbers were armed. Fortunately, so was the homeowner. It isn’t clear who fired first. We know the robbers fired at the homeowner. The homeowner wasn’t injured, and he shot two of the teenage robbers. Most of the teens ran after the shooting started. Two were arrested at the scene. One robber received a shoulder wound and was driven to the hospital by an accomplice in the getaway car. One teen ran into a nearby woods. It is his good luck that the robber was quickly discovered by a policeman. The officer saved the teen’s life by applying a tourniquet to his bleeding leg. The robbers were from 18 years old down to 13 years old. Police record showed several break ins in the area during the last month. The 17 and 18 year old are being charged as adults. They already have a police record.
David – Win for the good guy.
Rob- Is a revolver enough gun?
David – We can always debate ammo capacity, etc., but software will always be more important than hardware.
Rob- He had the training and the attitude to defend himself from young men.
David – Our second story took place in Missouri.
Second Story- Are you armed at when you’re working in your garage? A 73 year old man was working in the garage of his Saint Louis home. Two young men entered the garage at about 4 in the afternoon. The armed robbers immediately put a gun to the elderly man’s head and pushed him into the back garage. The robbers demanded the keys to the man’s truck that was parked in the driveway. The elderly man drew his gun and fought back. Though he fired only five times, the victim hit his attackers in the chest with every shot. The 18 and 20 year old robbers were unable to leave the garage before they died. Police collected the robber’s two guns at the crime scene. The homeowner and his wife were shaken, but not physically injured.
Rob- It is hard to defend yourself that way.
David- Empty hands skills and close quarters shooting skills are specialized and should be practiced. If you’ve never fired a gun in close quarters, professional instruction is a must.
Rob- This armed homeowner did a better job than the average security or law enforcement officer.
David – Another win for the good guys! Mindset and being prepared to fight allowed the homeowner to prevail.
Rob- David, you practice them both. In fact you teach them both. Just how good was this man’s performance? How much practice would you expect before your students could do as well?
David- Exposure helps, but you need regular practice.
David- Our third story took place in Idaho.
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Third story- Are you armed when you’re at home? A young man and his dad were at home on a quiet morning. They heard a banging noise from down the hall. They left their rooms in this rural home in Rigby, Idaho and moved into the center of the house. Each thought it was the other making the noise, but it wasn’t.
The homeowner had arrived moments before. He went back outside and saw a stranger crawling out a back-bedroom window. The robber saw the homeowner and crawled back inside. The father and son then went back inside and walked toward the back of the house. The son had followed his dad down the hallway. The son also grabbed his shotgun from the gun case as he followed his dad. The homeowner walked into an unused room, and the robber immediately started shooting a handgun at the dad and son.
The two residents ran back out of the room as fast as they could. Then, the son stepped forward and shot the robber once in the abdomen. The robber dropped his gun. The two residents retreated and called police. Emergency medical technicians removed the robber from the victim’s front lawn. The 30 year old robber is in the hospital. The victims did not know the armed robber. The armed young man is a highschool student and had hunted for years.
David- They were fortunate that they were able to access a firearm in time.
Rob- Could they have backed out of this problem and never traded shots with the robber?
David- Almost certainly. Better to back out and call police than get into a fight if possible.
Rob- It would have been better if they were both armed, but the young man might be under age to have his CCW.
David- Very true. It appears that they did at least have a gun staged and accessible, which is a consideration if home carry isn’t an option.
Rob- Pants on gun on. POGO.
David- I think it is also interesting to look at the time of day…in the morning. Not when we typically think of a crime occurring.
Rob- Druggies need a fix when they need a fix.
Exit- Rob- That wraps up this episode. David, thank you for helping me today. Where can our listeners find out more about you?
Rob- Our listeners can share their thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.
David – 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.