Powerful and Moving Book Puts Persuasive Faces on Defensive Gun Uses

Elitist antis ridicule “yeehaws” who think they could defend themselves or their loved ones against this. Meet some people who could and did. (Real Crime Press, Inc.)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post wrote that the Second Amendment is the ‘refuge of bumpkins and yeehaws who like to think they are protecting their homes against imagined swarthy marauders desperate to steal their flea-bitten sofas from rotting front door porches,’” the preface to Robert A. Waters’ and Sim Waters’ “Guns and Self-Defense” recounts. “Well, not quite.”

Guns and Self-Defense: 23 Inspirational True Crime Stories of Survival with Firearms

Buy Now Gun Deals“Not quite,” indeed. As the subtitle indicates, the “1st in a series” book by the father/son authors features “23 Inspirational True Crime Stories of Survival with Firearms.” And “inspirational” by no means covers the gamut of emotions I felt when going through gripping tales of real people defending themselves and others, compiled from news accounts, police reports, 9-1-1 calls, court transcripts and interviews with the people involved.

We are plunged right into the account of an armed neighbor who stopped a “sadistic rampage” by a “heavy-set attacker” holding a 12-inch knife to his former fiancé’s throat while trying to drown their one-year-old twins. Then there’s the terrifying blow-by-blow of an octogenarian couple brutally attacked by an armed home invader who two days earlier had gone on “a random killing spree.”

The reader will meet convenience store clerks fired for defending themselves from armed robbers because corporate policy deems their lives cheaper than perceived risk liabilities. They’ll meet a “nurse who singlehandedly stopped a vicious car-jacking ring in Milwaukee.”

Without going through a synopsis of all the stories, Robert Waters has summarized the details on one, “The Demise of the Cutthroat Committee,” offering the opinion:

“The violence inflicted on this law-abiding family will amaze and anger you, but their courage will inspire you.

“Oh yeah, one other little detail. Had the family not had guns in the house, they, and probably their grandson, would be dead. And yet, this is not the whole story. In this and other cases in our book, the dramatic “story behind the story” is often as exciting as the climax.”

I concur, but that doesn’t surprise me. I’ve been a “fan” of his writing for many years, having given an enthusiastic review to “The Best Defense: True Stories of Intended Victims Who Defended Themselves with a Firearm.”  And yes, I grok that you can get armed self-defense stories from a lot of places, NRA’s “Armed Citizen” being notable, but Robert and Sims Waters go the extra miles to flesh out the humanity of fellow citizens faced with terrifying decisions that we pray are never forced on us. In a way, we are put inside their skins, meaning once started, the book is hard to put down.

My longstanding policy is I only give good reviews. If I like something, I’ll happily endorse it; if I don’t care for it, I’ll say nothing because it’s not fair to impose my subjective preferences on someone else’s labor of love.

That’s ultimately what “Guns and Self-Defense” is all about, good people prevailing over bad and through their preparedness, will, and courage, being able to go on with their lives, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. What’s not to love?

Unless you’re a monopoly of violence cultist snarking for The Washington Post. In that case, you obviously presume yourself smarter and more sophisticated than gun hicks living in ramshackle hovels with shabby furniture who must be racists, otherwise the word “swarthy” would have been nothing but a gratuitous, contempt-motivated swipe. Still, it’s not unfair (but it might be fun) to wonder what ol’ Gene would be able to do and how he would prove his superiority in any of the scenarios fleshed out in this book.

You can order a (digital or paperback) copy of “Guns and Self-Defense: 23 Inspirational True Crime Stories of Survival with Firearms,” and of previous books at the links on this page or at RobertWaters.net.

About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Foster Coker

My wife and I are Chapter 14. Thanks for reviewing this powerful and hard-hitting book!


Thanks for the tip on a good read, David! Written while sitting on my shabby couch, in my ramshackle house, with rotting porch support posts, with my faithful Lab laying next to me. She doesn’t have fleas! But how did you know?


Hey! My story is chapter 4! It reveals the importance of self preservation and self defense. You rarely hear about these stories in the news as it doesn’t fit the agenda of disarmament. I implore everyone to check it out, and gift it anti-2a friends and family. Without my firearm I wouldn’t be leaving this comment or breathing.


I agree. Guns save lives,but why is it always a ‘white’ guy who is portrayed as the perp? (as in your photo)
On the boob tube,magazines,wherever. Even ‘gun’ commercials and adds.
If one hasn’t taken notice perhaps they should.

Big Jim

Absolutley Ron! remember the photo during the LA riots the photo of the Koreans on the roof defending their store with semi auto firearms, now imagine if they were white dudes

Dixieland Man

Big Jim you’re right. What if they were White Men defending themselves and property during the LA riots. It’d been a damn smear campaign all over the news as portrayed as hate mongers just protecting what’s theirs. Any hoot, good comment Big Jim.W.

Charles Moore

Oh, . . . . . When you said “white guy . . . (as in your photo),” I thought you were talking about David — almost need shades!

Richard L

Store clerks fired for defending themselves from armed robbers because corporate policy deems their lives cheaper than perceived risk liabilities
Yup, my son-in-law was one of these.