Episode 87 with Ben Branam

Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 87 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. This podcast is for people who think they might want a firearm.. and for those who already have one.  I’m your host, Rob Morse, and firearms instructor Ben Branam joins us as to co-host this week..

Hi, Ben. I know you’ve been through a lot since we talked last time.

Ben- Hi, Rob. Classes for church staff.

Rob- Ben, please introduce our show.

Ben- Each week we discuss three recent examples of armed civilian defense. Leave us a message on our facebook page with your questions or comments. Our first story took place last week in Miami, Florida.

Rob, tell us what happened.

Rob- First story-  Are you armed at work?  

You own and operate a small barbershop. You opened the shop a few hours ago. You’re the only one working when someone comes into the shop. It is a customer you’ve seen a few times. The customer stabs you. You push him away, but he tries to stab you again. You grab a gun from the back counter and shoot your attacker. Your attacker stumbles away. You call 911. EMTs take you both to the hospital.

What did our defender to correctly, and what could he have done better.

He had a gun near him. He defended himself.

Ben- What if he’d been attacked away from the drawer where he kept his handgun?

Rob- What if the gun he needed had been under a pair of barber scissors.  That could have cost him a second and he could have gotten stabbed again.

Ben- Our second story happened last week, not far from me, in Schertz, Texas.

Rob- Second Story-  Are you armed as you drive to work?

You own a self-service car wash. You When you drive up this morning, you notice that there is already a car parked behind the spray bays. The car door is open, and so is the door to your office. Someone has broken in. You get out of your car and walk toward the door. You see the robber trying to break into the room behind your office. You yell for him to stop. He walks toward you with a pry bar in his hands. You yell for him to stop again. Then you shoot. Now the robber runs away. You call the police.

Ben- Did right. He was armed. He gave a warning. He decided to defend himself. He drew and fired.


Ben- Our third story happened last week in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Give Lloyd a listen at http://www.armedlutheran.us/

Rob- Third story- Are you armed when you’re standing behind the counter?  

You and your brother own and operate a small general store. The place isn’t very big, but it feeds your families and provides supplies to the families in the area. It is Sunday night when three young men enter the store dressed in dark clothes, hoodies, and one of them is carrying a gun. The start yelling and demand the money from the register. You’re armed, but the armed robber has a gun pointed at you. You brother moves toward the cash register and distracts the robber. You draw your gun and start shooting. You shoot the nearest robber in the stomach. The next robber is shot in the arm. The third one is out the door.  All three robbers drive away. The  police arrest them at the local hospital.

Ben- I see that I got the armed at work episode.

Rob- Some instructors get all the luck.

Ben- Armed, patient, his partner created an opportunity for self-defense, great teamwork.

Rob- Anything he could have done better?

Ben- I want them both to be armed. What if they had been standing in different places in the store, then one of them could have been shot and the other would have been unarmed and unable to help.

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

Ben- You can find me at Modern Self Protection.com.  I live in San Antonio, and most of my classes are in central Texas.  I teach armed self-defense and church security. Listeners can see my complete class schedule at my website, and they can also listen to my podcast Modern Self-Protection.

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

Ben- 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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