At Work, Around Town, or at Home- More Self-Defense Gun Stories

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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 four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they trained and prepared?  What can we learn from their experience? Listen and find out. (27-minute audio)

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

Click the title links for more info:

First story-  Do you have your firearm on you when you go to your bank?

You’re walking out of the Suntrust bank at 2 in the afternoon. A man walks up beside you. He grabs your arm, and he tries to grab your purse. You pull your purse away from him, but he draws his gun and demands you hand over your purse. You draw your gun, and the robber runs away. You go back into the bank and call the police.

Second Story-  Are you armed as you drive your car?   

You’re going back to your car after doing your shopping. It is a little after nine at night. Two men approach you and ask you for a light. You reach into your car for a lighter, and you’re facing a gun to your head when you turn back around. You move and draw your gun. The attackers shoot at you as they run away. You shoot back. The robbers missed you. Other witnesses say your attackers limped as he got into a getaway car.

The third story- Are you armed while you’re at work in the evenings?

You own a convenience store. Tonight you are behind the checkout counter. The next customer walks up, and instead of dropping some chips on the counter or saying he wants to pre-pay for gas, this man is wearing a bandana over his face and has a knife pointed at you. The robber says, “Give me the money.”

The fourth story- Are you have a firearm where you can get it as you get out of bed?

Your wife shakes you awake at little after sunrise Saturday morning. She says she heard someone moving around outside and knocking at your front door. You live in a gated community. You have a gate to your property, and you are not expecting visitors. You look out your window and notice that the doors are open on your truck sitting in the driveway.

You pull on pants and put on your gun. As you walk out to your truck, you notice that the doors are open on the cars in your garage too. A stranger is sitting in one of your vehicles. You walk up, point your gun at him, and tell him not to move. Your wife has already called the police. The robber was charged with four counts of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of malicious mischief.

You take a step back and draw your gun from under the counter. Before you say anything, the robber is running out the door. You call 911 and then show the police the video from your security cameras.

Police arrest both robbers at a nearby hospital where they sought treatment. In addition to robbery, one of your attackers had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

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

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.

Contact Elizabeth Hautman at Colorado Boots Firearms Instruction.

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First, I would proofread my article and get the paragraphs in the correct order. Then, I might expect readers to understand my points!
Yes, I wrote for a living and spent significant time editing out of respect for my readers!

James G.

I guess there’s a compulsion to use photos of women shooting, whether the photo is related to the article or not. Why do you have a need to be politically correct?


How do you kno w it is a girl? Are you sexist?

James G.

Isn’t it obvious to you? A person with a minimum of intelligence will know.

Gideon Rockwell

No place is safe today. I am never out of reach of a firearm and if there is a place where I cannot go armed I don’t go. A good example is if there is a business that won’t allow firearms inside, they evidently don’t want my business. The ignorance of a lot of state legislature when it comes to gun owners is why I rarely ever leave Texas. There are some Libertard strongholds here like Austin, Dallas and Houston. But for the most part this state is hardcore 2nd Amendment oriented. With the prevalence of home invasions, gang violence,… Read more »

Jon L.

A concealed firearm inside a bank? You would be breaking the law in my state of South Carolina. Being 70-plus and new to full-time concealed carry, I find that most of my errands include the bank, post office, library, or church, all taboo locations. Removing my EDC and stowing it for each stop would seem to increase the chances that someone would see that happen and try to steal the weapon while I was in the “gun-free” zone. The best answer would be to avoid the situation by being aware of one’s surroundings as Alan commented above. “The best gun… Read more »

Brett Parks

Ummmm, Banks are not “off limits” in SC: Law enforcement office or facility. Detention or correctional facility. Courthouse or courtroom. Polling place on election days. Any publicly owned building or property without permission from persons in charge. State Capitol building or grounds. CWP permit holders can leave their firearm locked in a vehicle. Office of or the business meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special purpose district. School or college athletic event not related to firearms. Daycare or preschool facility. Place where federal law prohibits the carrying of firearms. Church or other established… Read more »

Jon L.

All the banks that I have done business with since moving to S.C. have those clearly marked signs saying “No concealable weapon allowed”. I apologize for assuming that every bank would put up such signs. As one can see from your list, there are still numerous places we all may visit daily that could label you and me as “the bad guys” in a confrontation. I bet your list was an eye-opener for some people who have forgotten much of what was taught in their concealed carry class.


Every state’s laws differ to some degree, so it goes without saying there’s no substitute for knowing exactly what your state’s laws allow and don’t allow. In Tennessee, businesses and institutions must post a “no firearms” notice on every entry door that cites the state criminal code section in order to prohibit carry inside. My bank took those off fairly recently. I hadn’t noticed until I walked in and observed a customer at a teller station who was open carrying. After he left, I asked the teller if he was law enforcement, and she said “no, the bank recently changed… Read more »


A lot of luck involved in a couple of these stories.


As opposed to having no chance of luck at all.

Todd Nouse

Let’s see if I can get this right. In the firist 2 stories, the “bad guy” has “the drop” on you, and you (his/her gun out, pointed at you), you have a couple of choices based on distance from the “bad guy/girl” (BG) if you’re inside arm’s reach. You could comply with the demands. The risk being that the BG will shoot you anyway. Or, you could elect to try and knock the BG’s aim off of you, draw and fire. You could try taking the BG’s weapon away, out drawing their shot, or running away after knocking the BG’s… Read more »

Alan B.

Situational awareness People, don’t let your guard down at any time because these thugs are waiting for an opening to “Score” while your mind is on normal Human behavior, they are trolling for a Victim to pay their way or provide transportation. Consider any approach from a stranger, even an apparent emergency situation, to be a set up for TROUBLE!! Don.t follow a stranger’s script. Be SAFE and GOD Bless America!


Thank you for these stories of self-defense. I learn from them every time; not only the story but the responses. Thank all of you out there that contribute to all the articles, especially Wild Bill and many others I do not remember the names of. I continue learning through all of you which makes my understanding of the issues that much better. Awareness is only as good as the action taken as a result of that awareness.


Please check the title of the fourth story ! Are you have a firearm?