At Home and at Work, by Day and by Night- More Self Defense Gun Stories

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U.S.A.– ( You didn’t see this news covered by the mainstream media, but again this week, responsible gun owners defended themselves and the people they love. Self-defense instructor Elizabeth Hautman joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they well trained? (24-minute audio)

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

First story-  Are you armed at home in the middle of the day?

You’re a woman home alone on a Thursday morning. You live in an ordinary suburban neighborhood. It is about 10 am when a stranger knocks on your door. He asks if you have jumper cables he can borrow. You don’t have any. A few minutes later, the stranger opens your door, grabs you by the throat, and throws you to the ground. You’re armed. You draw your handgun and your attacker runs. You close and lock the door. Then you call the police.

Tag- No shots fired.

Second Story-  Are you armed in your car as you drive home late at night?

You’re getting out of your car at 2:30 on a weekday morning. A car drives by and stops. The passenger points a gun out the window and tells you to hand it over. You have your concealed carry permit. You’re armed. You hand over your wallet and your phone. You step to the side, draw your firearm, and shoot at your attackers. They drive away. You have to shout for help since you lost your phone.

Third story- Are you armed at work?

You run a small grocery/convenience store. It is about 9 at night when you hear shouting from the front of the store. You check the video monitors and you see two robbers pointing guns at your employees. You’re armed. You step into the store, draw your firearm, and shoot your attackers. Both attackers shoot their guns as they run from the store.

You check on your employees and your customers. They are uninjured, then you call the police. Security video shows the men outside and inside the store. There is no evidence that your shots hit the attackers.

Fourth story- Are you armed at home late at night?

You’re in your room. It is about 9 at night when you hear shouts and voices from the front of the house. That doesn’t sound right, so you look down the hall. You see two masked men who have guns pointed at your housemates. They tell your friends to get down on the floor. You have a rifle in your room. You get your gun and shoot your attackers. They run. Your roommates are shaken and bruised, but not seriously injured.

You call the police.

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.

Elizabeth instructs in Colorado Springs at her private range in Black Forest. Contact her at Colorado Boots Firearms Instruction.



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1 year ago

Good article, but I have a point of contention with each of the scenarios. Scenario #1 – Why would you not have your doors locked to your home when you’re inside? Especially alone? Scenario #2 – Always check your surroundings before getting out of your vehicle. Especially at 0230! Park under a light &, if you see something that seems not right, don’t get out! Drive off. Make a loop of the parking lot/garage before finding a different spot to park. Call someone inside & notify them of what’s going on. Scenario #3 – Just because you own a firearm… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 year ago

If one IS armed and does not do anything to stop an attack, to protect the innocent, to preserve the lives of your spouse, children, friends, neighbors, co workers, the innocent guy on the street or yourself, you are no better than those deputy guards at that school in Florida. Could you live with that? You should know the police are under no obligation to defend anyone against lethal threat. So the questions become; If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

Arm up, carry on.

1 year ago

@DB – May I suggest a minor edit? If one is adequately trained and armed… As an extreme example, someone outside with a single shot loaded with snakeshot who does no other shooting, is in a different position than a typical (legal) concealed carrier. Otherwise I fully agree. “Why did you run toward the shooting?” – “Because children were in danger and I’m an adult – no choice – it’s what you do!” Easy to say, not so easy to do. Thankfully have never been in a position to discover what I would actually do. From more pedestrian emergencies, have… Read more »