Rob- Introduction- Welcome to episode 98 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. This podcast is for people who might want a firearm, and for those who have one and want to learn more about how to use it. I’m your host, Rob Morse. We have firearms instructor Elizabeth Hautman as co-host this week.
Elizabeth- Hi, Rob. I’ve been well, a mild winter has been great for students as we shoot in our beautiful winter weather. ????
Rob- Elizabeth, please introduce our podcast.
Elizabeth- Each week we study three recent examples of armed defense. Our first story took place last week in Blakely, Georgia. Here is what happened.
It is late on a Saturday evening. You arrive home with your 12 year old daughter. Your daughter walks into her room and you head into your room and then the kitchen. The report isn’t clear who noticed it first, but you walk into your daughters room and notice something wrong with her bedroom window. A strange man comes out of your daughter’s closet. You yell at him and he attacks you. You fight with him..with the spoon you have in your hand. You and your daughter retreat. You get your gun and shoot your attacker. He stumbles away. Some news reports say you used a shotgun. Others say you could have used a handgun.
Now you and your daughter retreat to your bedroom and lock the door. You call 911. The police find your attacker outside and unresponsive.
Your attacker was a convicted sex offender. His car was located a few blocks away behind a motel.
Elizabeth- Slow start. Good finish. POGO.
Elizabeth- Our second story happened last week in Dekalb County, Georgia.
You want to buy a bottle of liquor. You drive to the store and start comparing brands. The store owner and another employee are getting ready to close. You make your selection and move towards the cash register. Three men enter the store and announce a robbery. They point guns at the clerk and the store owner. You’re armed. One of the robbers shoots the store owner. You draw your firearms and shoot the robber in the back. The robber stops attacking the store owner. You shoot at the next robber closest to you. The third robber is out the door before you can shoot at him.
Police arrive and take you in for questioning. The store owner and two of the robbers are taken to the hospital.
Elizabeth- All your examples last week were about armed citizens defending others. Good for them, and good for this man as well. It is clear that self-defense was justified because the robber shot the store owner.
Rob- Hospital or morgue.
Elizabeth- He was armed. He saw a lethal threat. He saved a life.
Rob- Are you justified in shooting all three robbers even though only one of them shot the store owner?
Elizabeth- Our third story happened last week in Ada, Oklahoma.
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You’re asleep in your bed. It is three AM when you hear something unexpected from inside your home. It is the sound of breaking glass. You roll out of bed and grab your gun from your nightstand. You walk into your house. The intruder is using a flashlight to look around your home. You yell at him when you hear him shoot at you several times. You return fire and shoot your attacker. He runs. You are very shaken, but uninjured.
The police find your attacker as he was driving away with his accomplice. The two men are connected to 10 other burglaries. Your attacker has several felony charges against him including domestic abuse. Your attacker’s sons are in prison for murder or awaiting trial for murder.
Elizabeth- There are bad guys out there.
Elizabeth- This homeowner put his life at risk by investigating a breakin. Let the police do that. Lock your door. Call the police. You want to have a broken window and a smashed in door so the police know you were defending yourself.
Exit- Rob- That wraps up this episode. Elizabeth, thank you for helping us today. Where can we learn more about you?
Elizabeth- I instruct in Colorado Springs. I teach small classes at my private range in Black Forest. Students can contact me at Colorado Boots Firearms Instruction.
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Rob- I’m Rob Morse. We’ll be back next week with more Self-Defense Gun Stories.