On the Street, at Home, and at Work - More Self Defense Gun Stories

by Rob Morse
courtesy of Ammoland

Self-defense instructor Tony Simon joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or did they have a plan and training? What can we learn from their experience?

These victims survived lethal attacks because they had a gun ... and a plan.

First story - Are you armed as you walk down the street?
You are walking to your girlfriend’s house with your 5 year old son when a man across the alley starts yelling at you for no reason. It is four in the afternoon. The man across the alley has a gun in his hand. You step back, pulling your 5 year old behind you. That’s when the criminal starts shooting at both of you.

You have your Illinois concealed carry license. You’re armed and you’re well trained. You present your gun from its holster and shoot the criminal until he stops shooting at you and your son. You rush your son to your vehicle and hand him to a friend. You check to make sure your son is uninjured. Then you call police while keeping your eyes on the bad guy.

EMTs take your attacker to the hospital. The police ask to see your firearm, your permit, and your FOID card. Your attacker was a convicted felon and gang member. It was illegal for your attacker to have a gun. It appears he was sending threatening video messages to other gangs when he attacked you.

Second Story - Are you armed at home?
It is just after noon when you hear someone knocking on your front door. They are banging away and you go to see who it is. You also see someone trying to get into your house through the back door. That seems suspicious. You walk back to your bedroom and get your gun. You call police. You’re standing in the hallway of your home when the intruder breaks through your front door. A second later the intruder crashes into you. You shoot him. You back up, and the intruder runs away. Now you tell the police that shots were fired.

The police find your attacker in the front yard. He was wearing rubber gloves and had prior arrests for breaking and entering, and for burglary. The police arrested his accomplice who was at your back door. He had prior arrests for auto theft, and was charged with felony murder and burglary.

Third story - Are you armed at work?
It is one in the morning and you’re behind the counter at a convenience store. A customer walks in wearing a hoodie and a mask over his face. Then he pulls an 11 inch hatchet from his pants and tells you to give him the money. You back up, draw your firearm. The attacker puts down his hatchet and raises his hands. You call police. The intruder gets up and runs away.

Fourth story - Are you armed at home?
You are a woman home alone. It is almost ten in the morning when you hear someone banging on your front door. You don’t recognize him, so you don’t open the door. A minute later you hear someone trying to get in through your back door. You retreat to a back room in the house, get your gun, and hide in a closet. You call police. You’re talking to the police when the intruder opens the closet door. You shoot him several times.

The police arrive minutes later.

What would you do in these situations? Podcast and full discussion at the link.

Rob Morse works and writes in Southwest Louisiana. He writes at Ammoland, at his Slowfacts blog, and at Clash Daily. Rob co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast, and hosts the Self-Defense Gun Stories Podcast each week.