Self Defense in Your Home and Your Car

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The Self Defense Stories You Don’t See in the Mainstream News

Louisiana –-( Here is some news you won't find in the mainstream media. Again this week, responsible gun owners defend themselves and the people they love.

Self-defense instructor Amanda Suffecool joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at three new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they trained and prepared?  What can we learn from their experience? Listen and find out. (15-minute audio)

All three victims survived lethal attacks because they had a gun.


First story-  Are you armed as you drive?

You’re driving down the street. You’re 20 miles from the canadian border and there are less than two dozen streets in the entire town. It’s usually a quiet place. You’re parking in front of a clothing store when a stranger jumps through the open passenger window of your car. He shouts for you to get out.

You own a gun. You have your concealed carry license. You’ve practiced with your firearm and you’re armed this morning as you drive.

The article does not say if you drew your gun while you were inside the car or outside, but you present your gun and order the robber to the ground. You tell him not to move. Police arrest the robber for multiple break ins he committed that morning.

Second Story-  Are you armed at home?

You hear the yelling and screaming. Your mom’s ex-boyfriend threatened to cut your mom’s throat and to kill all of you. Now he’s choking your mom. Your older sister is trying to pull them apart and save your mom. It isn’t working. Your younger brother grabs your mom’s gun and runs toward the fight. Your brother is only 12 years old. You are 15, so you take the gun from your brother and shoot the attacker. Now he lets go of your mom.

Your family runs away and calls police. The police said your mom’s boyfriend was a convicted felon.

Third story- Are you armed at home?

It is after dark, and you hear someone knock at your door and call your name. It is your neighbors. All of them. The husband, the wife, and their child are asking to come in. You open the door. They said a crazy man broke into their home. They had already called police. You try to make them comfortable when your wife sees someone at your back door.

A stranger breaks through your screen porch and then breaks the glass in your back door. You yell for him to stop. He enters the home and you shoot him.

Now your attacker steps back outside the home. You and your family retreat and call police.

EMTs take the attacker to the hospital.

What would you do in these situations?

Slow FactsAbout Rob Morse

Rob writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

Amanda Suffecool talks and teaches at eye on the target radio.

  • 5 thoughts on “Self Defense in Your Home and Your Car

    1. As a general rule, when the butt of the shotgun is held in the elbow crook of your bent arm, the first joint crease on your index finger should fully contact the trigger. The 20-gauge youth shotguns fit this dimension perfectly for many women and should be seriously considered when buying a home-defense shotgun.

    2. @Rob Morse, You ask, “What would you do in these situations?” Well, in each scenario, I would get more facts. Each of these story lines are ridiculously thin on facts. Twenty miles from the Canadian border. Which side? What law would we be applying?
      “Second Story- Are you armed at home?” That is a question, not a statement. I can’t tell from the facts given, if you are even at home.
      Third Story, Are we in Texas or New Jersey? That is going to make a difference. Is the intruder the same person as my neighbors are complaining of? Did this fellow display a weapon. Did he say anything What are the EMTs doing interfering in my home defense? What kind of neighbors are these that were so rude as to fail to shoot him themselves? Don’t they have their own dogs to feed? Are they going to want me to take out the rest of their trash, later?

    3. Don’t relax! Don’t put yourself and your family in jeopardy! Remember your ‘Scout Training’, Be Prepared! Unfortunately that is what life has taught us since the prior 8 years letting 100,000’s of illegals into Our Backyards!

      In today’s world defense even in your home means know where your firearm is at all times. When the bad and the ugly come into your domain its not a question where is my firearm? Its time for pick it up and stick it in the bad guys puss. If need be know & think with precision. Not what do i do next? Most of all the trigger is only a last resort. You don’t want to be the person behind bars!

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