Episode 88 with Tony Simon
Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 88 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 Tony Simon joins us as to co-host this week..
Tony- Hi, Rob. We are scheduling our Training for 2018 including a once a quarter Safety/ Preparadness conference. Our last 2nd is for everyone : Diversity Shoot on Thursday night. Minuteman challenge Championship was a great success. Our sponsors CNJFO provided good and Modern Materiel provided AR15s.
Rob- Tony, please introduce our show.
Tony- Each week we talk about three recent examples of armed civilian defense. Leave us a message on our facebook page with your questions or comments.
Tony- Our first story took place last week in Baltimore, Maryland. Rob, tell us what happened.
Rob- First story- Are you armed at home?
You are a 62 year old man. You’re at home in your apartment at 9 in the evening. You hear a crash as a strange man breaks through your front door. He has a knife and demands your money and wallet. You say it is right over here. You take your gun from a bedroom drawer and shoot your attacker once. The intruder runs. You call police.
Tony- Having a gun in a knife fight is better than having fist in a knife fight. The gun turns the fight into a shooting.
Tony- Luck allowed him to get to his handgun.
Rob- How was our defender lucky?
Tony- The defender was lucky that he was able you get to his firearm. He was also lucky that the bad guy ran away instead of continuing to attack him with the knife.
Rob- What would you tell your students to do in this situation?
Tony- A knife is as much or more of a threat than a gun, Knives don’t run out of bullets or jam. A firearm is a distance weapon. Don’t give up the advantage of distance.
Tony- Our second story happened last week in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
You’re 29 years old. You’re helping your mom pack her things. Your mom is moving and your uncle doesn’t like it. Your uncle threatens your mom with a knife. She pushes him away, and he cuts her. You step between them. Now, your uncle stabs you. You draw your gun and shoot your attacker. Now he steps back. So do you and the rest of your family.
Your family call the police, and the EMTs.
Tony- Again with the knives. I’m glad the son was armed but he still ended up in the hospital.
Rob- Yep. Does an attacker with a knife have to be advancing toward you to be a lethal threat?
Tony- Knives are not a joke. Training with knives, you learn quickly that in a knife versus knife fight both parties are getting cut. Blades are lethal they have killed more people than handguns, they’ve been doing it longer.
Tony- How did the bad guy get so close to the victim? They were family. Your family members are just as deadly as strangers. The bad guy had already cut the victim’s mother and grandmother. The victim didn’t use his gun as a distance weapon, he got close and in between the bad guy and his mom. That got him stabbed.
Rob- close quarters
Tony- Our third story happened last week in Denton, Texas.
You get a call from your step daughter. She already called police after her roommate stole her prescription medications. The roommate then ran over a stranger in the parking lot outside their apartment.
You arrive and you are armed. You help your step daugher back into her apartment. The roommate returns as well. He is carrying a hammer this time, and you tell him to stop where he is. He is yelling curses at you as he advances. You draw your handgun and again you tell the attacker to stop. This time, he does. He runs away. You call the police. The attacker is arrested and charged with assault causing bodily injury and for deadly conduct.
Tony- Good thing he had a gun. He took a drug addict seriously and carried his gun with him. P.O.G.O.
Tony- He was able to stop the attack with a firearm and a command presence. Having a gun may not be enough, at times you must give commands that will be followed.
Tony- Drug addiction makes people excellent liars. Having a witness to their criminal activity helps your case. Be the first one to the phone. Tell your story before someone paints you as a bad guy.
Rob- Is a man with a hammer a threat?
Tony- A hammer is a lethal threat. It’s an impact weapon and is deadly. Thor carried one! LOL. Hammers have been used as combat weapon before and they are still deadly.
Tony- Our good guy didn’t chase the bad guy. He didn’t forget that his job is to protect his family not to punish bad guys.
Rob- Where would your students learn to present a firearm that is concealed under their clothes?
Tony- During our introduction to defensive pistol we have students practice drawing from concealment. We introduce the timer to add distress to the exercises along with having to be accurate.
Exit- Rob- That wraps up this episode. Tony, thank you for helping us today. Where can our listeners learn more about you?
I also teach firearms safety and armed-self defense courses in New Jersey. Our listeners can contact me on Facebook at Simon Says Train or atThe Second is for Everyone. I’m also at SimonSaysTrain on Instagram. My classes are listed at BlackBagResources.com
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Rob- I’m Rob Morse. We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.