Episode 59 with Ben Branam


Introduction- Rob- Welcome to episode 59 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This show is for  people who think they might want a gun for self-defense, and those who already have one.  I’m Rob Morse and we’re joined this week by self-defense instructor Ben Branam.

How have you been, Mister Branam?

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.  We hope you use these reports as part of your exercise program.. to exercise your imagination today so you can defend the people you care about tomorrow.  Please leave us a message on our facebook page with your questions or comments.

Our first story took place last week in Petersburg, Virginia.

First story-  Do you have a gun nearby when you are sleeping in your bedroom?  It’s late in the morning, and you’re lying in bed.  The first thing you hear is someone smashing in your front door.  A few minutes go by and then a man pushes into your bedroom with a mask over his face and a gun in his hand.  You roll out of bed and grab your purse.  You point your gun at the intruder and fire one shot.  He lurches to the side and runs out the door.  You call police.

Ben- The front door was locked.  That is good.

Rob-  The sound of the breaking door acted as an alarm.  Why didn’t the victim do something after they heard their door broken in?

Ben- They had a gun.  That’s good.  But they didn’t have a plan.

Rob- What should they have done?

Ben- I teach my students to lock the door, grab their gun and their phone and call police.

Rob- Good plan.

Ben- The homeowner did take action.  She moved when her bedroom door was opened.  I want our listeners to be ready before that happens.

Rob- It is hard to make a plan the first minute you wake up.

Ben- We act smart in the minute because we thought about the situation ahead of time.

Ben- Our second story took place last week in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Second Story-  Are you armed at home? This is scary.  You’re sleeping in your bed.  You wake up to find your ex-boyfriend standing at the food of the bed.  He’s holding a gun in his hand and threatens you.  You reach under your pillow and grab your handgun.  You point the gun at the intruder and press the trigger.  Then you roll out of bed and call the police.

Ben- It doesn’t say if her attacker fell down, or if he ran.  The first thing to do is to get to a safe place.  That might mean to lock the door and hide behind the bed.  It might mean to run to a neighbor’s house.

Rob- It would be great to think about that now and share your plan with your family.

Ben- Good on this lady for having a gun with her.

Rob- Did she out-draw her attacker?

Ben- That, or tactical patience.  That means she might have waited until she had an advantage.  Better yet, if she locked her front door, her bedroom door, and if she had an alarm.  If she had enough money for a gun then she had enough money for an alarm.

Ben- Our third story took place last week in Tacoma, Washington.

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Third story- Are you armed when you’re at home?  You’re sleeping at home in your bed when you hear someone outside.  You grab your gun and investigate.  Someone broke into your porch.  You shout for them to leave.  The intruder breaks into your home.  You shoot him and call the police.  There were two other people in the home at the time. No one else in the house was injured.

Ben-  A third of us will be victims at some time.  This homeowner was prepared, but he needed a little more training.  When someone invites you to a fight, don’t.

Rob- Where should we put a gun when we sleep 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- Our listeners can find me at Modern Self Protection.com.  I live in San Antonio, and most of my classes are in central Texas.  Listeners can see my complete class schedule at my website, and they can also listen to my podcast.

Rob- Our listeners can share their thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.  

Ben-  If you liked this show, then you’ll like the other podcasts on the Self-defense radio network.  We create this podcast under a creative commons license, so please share them with a friend, and give us a rating on I-Tunes.

Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back in two weeks with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.


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