Episode 75 with Amanda Suffecool

Rob- Introduction- I’m Rob Morse and welcome to episode 75 of Self-Defense Gun Stories.  This podcast is for people who think they might want a firearm.. and those who already have one.  We’re joined this week by self-defense instructor Amanda Suffecool.

Hi, Amanda.  I know you’ve been busy.

Amanda- HI, Rob.  My plates been pretty full.  I had a Women’s day at the range.  I Just published a book –  Your Guide to Produce a concealed carry fashion show (148 pages)  and A DVD of our show.  So now you have a full how to guide to producing your own fashion show that promotes concealed carry.

I’m also a consultant and one of the announcers at the NRA Carry Guard fashion show in Milwaukee on August 25th.

Rob- You did more to invite women into our gun culture than most of the NRA board.  Thank you.  Extend an invitation to our new listeners too.

Amanda- 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 use 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.

Amanda- Our first story took place last week in Chicago, Illinois.


Rob- First story-  Are you armed as you walk down the street?  

You’re arguing with your on-again, off-again boyfriend.  It is five in the morning on Saturday when the two of you are walking along the sidewalk near where you live on the south-west side of Chicago.  The argument escalates.  Your boyfriend hits you.  You Yell for him to stop.  He hits you again and grabs your blouse so you can’t run.  You draw your gun and shoot him three times.  Now he lets go.  You call police.  The police question you for several hours and then release you without charges.

Amanda-  This requires some thinking.  People have no problem with the decision to use lethal force on a stranger – but your BOYFRIEND?  Someone you love..and who is having no difficulty in hurting you.

Rob- That means we have to talk about that situation before it happens so we won’t be confused and overwhelmed.  I’m sure you’ve had victims of domestic abuse in your class.

Amanda- I have.  I’m glad they are there.

Rob- Where do your students learn to draw as they walk?

Amanda-  Yeah – we teach that in our advanced class.  You know the funny thing.   People can generally only walk in one direction.   Move and shoot to the right and not to the left or vice versa.  It’s not tied to their handedness though.

Rob- Do you teach them to draw and shoot with one hand, because one arm might be busy trying to block punches.


Amanda- Our second story happened last week in a town just west of Saint Louis, Missouri.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed at home late at night?

You’re in your upstairs apartment just after midnight.  Your three roommates are still awake.  One of your roommates was outside smoking when a stranger started arguing with him.  The stranger said someone called him a name.  The stranger then pushed his way into the apartment and started yelling at your two other roommates.  You walk out of your back room and ask the stranger to leave.  You tell him you’re armed and ask him to leave again.  He attacks you.  You draw and shoot him several times.  Now your attacker steps back outside.  Your roommates close the door, and you call police.


Amanda-    WOW,  this is that story of  ‘Why you carry on you all the time.’   Do you really have time to go get your gun?   NO – you don’t.   So Rob – do you carry at home?  

Rob-  Yes, even here in the studio.

Amanda-  I think the term I heard is Pants on, gun on.   But what about those folks that carry in alternative ways?   Purse carry?  can you get to it fast enough – or do you have a second – or third – gun stashed in your house?  

Amanda- Our third story happened last week in polk county, NC



Rob- Third story- Are you armed when you’re at home?  

You’re at home after midnight when your dogs start barking.  You go outside and find a man behind your car.  You smell a strong smell of gasoline.  The man attacks you with a baseball bat.  You try to block the blow, but you’re hit on the head.  You shoot your attacker three times.  He stops attacking you and you crawl away to contact police.

There is gasoline poured on the ground around your car.  The police ask you if that is your gas can.  You say no, and that isn’t your baseball bat either.

The police charge your attacker with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and violation of a protection order.

Amanda- All of our victims had a gun on them this week.  Good for them.  

Rob-  The attacker’s girlfriend now lived at this address.

Amanda- Any idea what the back story is on the violation of the protection order?    Because it is just a piece of paper.

Amanda-  This had to be an instinctive reaction.  There was no time to think.


Exit-  Rob- That wraps up this episode. Amanda, thank you for helping me today.  Where can our listeners learn more about you?

Amanda- Our listeners can find me at eye on the target radio radio.

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

Amanda-  If you liked this show, then you’ll like the other podcasts on the Self-defense radio network.  We share this podcast with you for free.  Please share it with a friend and give us a rating on I-Tunes and Stitcher.  We’re also available on Google Play Music.

Rob- I’m Rob Morse.  We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.

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