Introduction- Rob- I’m Rob Morse, and welcome to episode 47 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. This show is for new gun owners and people who think they might want a firearm for self-defense. We’re part of the Self-Defense Radio Network. We have self-defense instructor David Cole with us this week. How have you been, David?
David – Hi, Rob.
Hi to our new listeners, and welcome back to our regular listeners. We report and analyze three examples of armed civilian defense each week. I hope we inspire you to defend the people you care about. If you have questions or want to hear more, then please leave us a message on our facebook page.
Rob, I have to say I’m really excited to talk about these three cases today, because they all have something in common…probably THE most important thing when it comes to self-defense. I’m not going to say what it is just yet, but I’m sure our listeners will figure it out by the end.
Our first story took place this month in Georgia.
First story- Are you armed as you drive down the street? A couple were driving in Midtown Atlanta. The driver in front of them jumped out of his car and and tried to take theirs. The victims stopped. The two men struggled. That is when the female victim drew her gun and shot their attacker. Police were on the scene in a minute, even with the downtown traffic. The carjacker had hit dozens of cars in an ongoing hit and run episode. Police said the carjacker was on drugs.
David – Great job by the passenger in the car! While there is a lot we don’t know…method of carry, etc…what is apparent is that the passenger in the white Porsche acted quickly and decisively. From what we can tell, it seems that the armed passenger was immediately recognize the threat, decide, and then act without hesitation. That sort of awareness and decisiveness can make all the difference. It may have been very apparent in this case that action was warranted and what that action should be, but what gets folks in trouble all too often is that they aren’t able to see what is happening, accept that it is happening, and act in time to stop an attack.
David – Our second story took place just a few miles away, in Cobb County, Georgia.
Second Story- Are you armed at work? The store owner and his employee had opened the store only a few minutes earlier. They already had two customers at Dixie Gun and Pawn. Two more men entered, but these men were wearing ski-masks and carrying guns.
“The robbers said, get down on the floor. Get down on the floor or I’ll kill you.”
Then the robber fired his gun. The owner drew his firearm and shot one of the robbers. The second robber ran. The wounded robber died at the scene.
The store owner said he hated to kill another man. He had been burglarized many times. The other store employee and the two customers were uninjured.
David – This is another example of how decisive action made the difference. Had they been able to establish dominance, the two armed robbers would have been very difficult to overcome. They made it apparent that they were willing to kill to complete their crime, and had they established that dominance over the four people in the store…owner and two customers…they certainly could have killed them all. But the owner acted immediately, before they could establish that dominance…absolutely critical.
Rob- The owner had a plan.
David- Our third story took place in North Carolina.
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Third story- Are you armed as you arrive home after work?
A Wilmington woman arrived home after work at 11 in the evening. She had a cup in one hand with her keys. She was talking to her dad on the phone. She unlocked her apartment door when a man pushed her inside.
The robber choked her. He pushed her into her bedroom and tied her up. The robber then searched the apartment. The victim got her hands free and grabbed the gun she keeps beside her bed. She shot the robber once in the chest. The robber ran, but collapsed inside the apartment. The victim called police.
She had the gun for over a year, but this was the first time she’d fired it.
The robber was a felon with over a dozen convictions.
David- Here’s another case where mindset and decisiveness come into play, in a slightly different way. While our armed citizen in this case did prevail…and we’re glad of it…there are some lessons we could take away.
Rob- She was successful, but what can we learn.
David- Some points for improvement are the fact that she wasn’t armed at the initial contact. Her gun was in her apartment, rather than on her person. It’s always going to be better to have it on you than not, if at all possible. It also sounds like although she had her keys in hand and another person on the line as she got out of her car and approached her home, she also had a drink in her hand…sounds like her hands were kind of full. Maybe unavoidable, maybe wouldn’t have made a difference…but definitely not optimal.
Rob- What if the robber had tied her up in the living room?
David- But we should note that when she had the opportunity to act, she saw the opportunity and took decisive action to save her own life. Rather than give in to what could have been a tragic outcome, she worked to improve her position by getting free of her restraints, and then made a forceful and committed move. It’s a much better option than hoping the predator who just assaulted you and tied you up is going to let you live.
Rob- None of our victims thought they would be attacked.
David- In the unlikely case that anyone has not figured out the common thread in our three cases today…it’s MINDSET. Recognizing a threat for what it is, and quickly making the decision to act. All three of our armed citizens today took prompt, decisive action to save their own lives in situations where even a moment’s hesitation could have been tragic.
Exit- Rob- That wraps up this episode. David, thank you for helping me today. Where can our listeners learn more about you?
Rob- Our listeners can share their thoughts with us by leaving a message on the podcast facebook page.
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I’m Rob Morse. Please join us next week for more Self-Defense Gun Stories.