Episode 44 with Ben Branam
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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