At Work, in Public, and at Home- More Self Defense Gun Stories

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At Work, in Public, and at Home- More Self Defense Gun Stories

U.S.A.– ( You didn’t see it covered by the mainstream media, but again this week, responsible gun owners defended themselves and the people they love. Self-defense instructor Tiffany Johnson joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they well trained? (26-minute audio)

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

First story-  Are you armed at work?

You’re working in your cell phone store. It is about 7 at night. Customers come in and want help with their phones or to add money to their accounts. Some pay by credit card and some pay with cash. Two men walk in and before you know it, one of them is pointing a gun at you. Your attacker is wearing a hoodie and a mask. He demands the money from the till.

You’re armed. You draw your firearm and the two criminals run from the store. Neither you, nor any other customers or employees are hurt. You call the police and show them the security videos.

Are you armed when you go out with your family in public?

Your daughter found a used cell phone she wants to buy. She sets up the exchange, but you decide to go with her. It is dark when you get to the address. You ring the bell but none answers. Two men walk up as you go back to your car. One of them has a gun in his hands and your other attacker has a knife. They demand your money and your cell phone.

You have your Utah concealed firearms permit. You’re armed tonight. You hand over your wallet and your phone. Then you draw your firearm and shoot [at] your attackers. Your attackers run away. You drive to safety and call the police.

The police take your description and find your attackers. Their gun was a BB gun. They are charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and intentionally giving false information to a police officer. They have previous convictions for shoplifting and failure to appear in court. There were open warrants for their arrest.

Third story- Are you armed at home?

It is about two in the morning when you hear someone kick his way through the back door of your home. You grab your rifle and confront the intruder. The intruder runs away and you call the police. The intruder returns a few minutes later. You hold the intruder until the police arrive. The intruder is charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass and second-degree criminal mischief.

Police say the intruder lives nearby and had tried to break into another home nearby when he left yours.
(Tag- no shots fired)

Fourth story- Are you armed at work?

It is after midnight as you’re working at a small market. A man walks in and pulls a gun from his pocket. The robber points the gun at you and demands the money from the cash register.

You have your license to carry a gun in your store. You’re carrying your firearm concealed. You step away from the cash register and draw your gun. You shoot your attacker several times. Your attacker runs from the store. You call the police and give a report when they arrive a few minutes later.

Your attacker was found lying on the sidewalk a block away. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Links and text of the discussion at the podcast webpage.

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.

Tiffany Johnson is a lawyer, firearms instructor, and NRA training counselor. Contact Tiffany at and


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At the risk of repeating myself: better to have a gun and not need it, than to need it and not have it. It’s mid 1983. I had just moved into a house in the Los Angeles suburbs. While sitting on my sofa watching TV after a hard day’s work, my front door bursts open just as easily as if I had never locked it. In rushes three men, when one of them says, “There he is!” At that, they rush me with enough force that they flipped the sofa over with me still in it. My mind instantly told… Read more »


Evidently, no gun was needed, and fists were plenty for you. Nice when that can suffice.


Bill —

I was much younger then, and had military training in the art of hand-to-hand combat under my belt. These days, I prefer to carry. You just never know what the bad guy is bringing to the party. I feel I was more lucky, than good.

Wild Bill

So the three men burst into the house, and then they identify you? Why were they after you?


They didn’t identify me, other than to say “There he is!”, I think to queue his crew into where the threat to them was located. It was a home invasion gone wrong for them simple as that. I could no more tell you who they were, than if they had left their calling cards behind. My roommate, on the other hand…