Episode 77 with David Cole
Rob- Introduction- I’m Rob Morse and welcome to episode 77 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 David Cole.
David- Hi, Rob. You went to Africa since we talked last time.
I did, and it was an amazing experience. I’d highly recommend it to anyone; if you’ve ever thought about hunting Africa, do it. It was a very manageable trip. Even the days I didn’t shoot were wonderful.
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.
David- Our first story took place last week in Corpus Christi, Texas.
This isn’t your first hurricane, but all storms bring a lot of wind and rain. You’re staying home to ride this one out. That doesn’t mean it is quiet outside. There is the roar of the storm, but then you hear a different sound. Someone is breaking into your home at 11 at night. You’ve lost power, so you walk toward the sound through your darkened home. You see an intruder in your home. You shout for him to leave. The intruder moves moves toward you, and you shoot him.
You retreat to your bedroom and call police on your cell phone. They pick up the injured intruder from the front of your home and take him to the hospital.
Physical details of a break in.
David- We have seen this many times in the past; during situations where there are evacuations and police services are overwhelmed, predators take advantage.
Rob- So we need to upgrade our hurricane kit?
David- A flashlight to identify an intruder is essential. From a legal perspective, you will have a hard time articulating why the person you shot was a threat if you can’t see them. From a safety perspective, you don’t want to accidentally shoot a friend or family member, or in a situation like in Texas, maybe a rescue worker.
David- Glad this homeowner had a gun in hand. No time to go back and get it after you’ve identified the problem.
No power, so a way to contact the authorities, and in a disaster scenario, it will likely be some time before they can respond, if they can at all.
YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
In this order. Protect yourself with a firearm. You need a flashlight to sort out the problem. You need a cell phone to contact the police and medical personnel.
Rob- David, should you retreat and call police if the police can’t get to your home in a storm?
David- That may be an option, but disaster conditions could prevent that. Our second story happened last week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
You’re walking home from the shopping center with your son. It is after dark, and you just withdrew some cash at the automatic teller machine. Now you’re walking past the houses in your neighborhood when a young man runs up behind you. He hits you in the back of the head with a rock. You fall to the ground. You roll over as the young man tries to go through your pockets. You reach into your pocket and present your firearm. You shoot twice. The robber runs to a waiting getaway car.
The story doesn’t say who called police and EMTs. You go to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
David- Predators attack from behind. Situational awareness is critical. I’d also advise against using outdoor or stand-alone ATMs. You are too exposed to observation and attack. Avoid them if possible; go inside a bank instead.
Rob- You just came from Africa. Is an ATM is a watering hole for muggers?
David- Yes, and the jewelry store, and the cell phone store. Good defense. Fortunately, the victim was not knocked unconscious (or worse) and was able to keep his wits about him.
Rob- He was hurt.
David- Ask for medical treatment if you’ve been hurt. Besides the actual need to take care of yourself, it may also become important in court proceedings if self defense is brought into question in court.
Rob- Could you explain that a little more?
David – Sure. Think of it this way: if you are being charged with a crime for shooting someone, and claim self-defense, a record of actually being treated for injuries will provide medical proof that you were attacked and injured.
Rob- it established that you were really attacked.
David- And only offer critical or time-sensitive information to police until after you contact your attorney. Don’t make an official statement until your lawyer is present.
Rob- A witness gave the police a license number on the getaway car.
David- Our third story happened last week in Houston, Texas.
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You’re set for hurricane Harvey to arrive. You have water, candles and food. You also have your gun. It is already hard to travel because of the water covering the roads. You’re asleep in your darkened home when you hear someone else inside your home. It is three in the morning. You leave your bedroom and go see what’s happening. You find a stranger inside your home. He moves toward you and you shoot.
Then you have to call police..and fix a broken door..at night..during a storm.
David- Again, having immediate access to necessary tools…firearm, flashlight, phone…is critical. And again, there may be power outages so having fresh batteries in your light and cell phone is very important.
Rob- We used the breaking door as an alarm again.
David – A good reason to keep your doors locked, even when you are at home. Another part of preparedness is training. Have you ever fired your defensive firearm in the dark or low light before? It is a skill worth practicing, and usually the only opportunity to do that sort of thing is in a training class.
Exit- Rob- That wraps up this episode. David, thank you for helping me today. Where can our listeners learn more about you?
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David- If you liked this show, then you’ll like the other podcasts on the Self-defense radio network.
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Rob- I’m Rob Morse. We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.