Self Defense at Home and in Public, by Day and by Night- Self Defense Gun Stories

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Self Defense at Home and in Public, by Day and by Night- Self Defense Gun Stories

U.S.A. -( You probably didn’t see these stories covered by the mainstream news media, but again last week, responsible gun owners defended 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 did they have a plan? (20-minute audio)

First story- Are you armed when you come home from work?

You work the second shift. It is after midnight when you arrive home. You’re walking up to your door when a stranger runs up to you. The stranger is wearing a hooded mask and has a gun in his hands. He orders you inside. You open the door and run inside to grab your gun. The attacker shoots at you. You shoot back. Now, your attacker runs away. You close the door and call 911.

You’re shaking but not hurt. You give a brief statement to the police. You show the police the security video from your front door.

Second Story- Are you armed on the street at night?

It is about 11 at night on a weekday. You’re walking to the local convenience store. You’re almost there when a stranger runs up to you. The stranger lifts his shirt and shows you a gun tucked in his pants. “Hand everything over,” he says.

You don’t have your concealed carry permit, but in Texas you don’t need one. You don’t have a criminal record so you’re legally carrying tonight. You present your firearm from your holster and shoot your attacker one time. Your attacker drops his gun and turns away. You call 911. You give a statement to the police when they arrive. You are not charged.

The attacker is now in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the face and is expected to live.

Third story- Do you have a firearm accessible late at night?

It is Sunday morning. It is a few hours after midnight when you hear glass breaking. You also hear your female roommate scream. She is yelling for someone to stop and go away.You grab your gun and move toward the sounds. You see a man fighting with your female roommate. You shoot him. Now he stops his attack.

You and your roommate retreat and call 911. The attacker is your roommate’s ex-boyfriend who broke in through the window. You holster your gun and give a statement to the police when they arrive.

Your attacker has open warrants for his arrest. The police have been here before when he violated the restraining orders against him.

Fourth story- Are you armed as you go grocery shopping?

You have your groceries. You’re walking to your car. You notice two men breaking into your car. You shout for them to get out. You try to get in your car and drive away. The thief in the passenger seat attacks you. You present your firearm and shoot him. The second robber runs away. You get out of your car and the second robber shoots at you. You shoot back.

You duck down and call 911. You identify yourself to the police. They put patrol units into the area. They find your attacker. Emergency medical services says your first attacker died at the scene. Police arrest his accomplice and charge him with breaking and entering an automobile, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person under 18 years of age, and felony murder.

You are not charged with a crime.

A discussion of each story is at the Self Defense Gun Stories podcast webpage.

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Dangerous Dave

Can there be a worse example of armed self defense than number 4, at the grocery? Would you really get in your car with one of the thieves in the passenger seat, shoot him, then get out of the car to start a gunfight in a grocery store parking lot? Seriously? Not only do those both seem like horrible ideas, but at least in Ohio, it’s illegal to shoot someone in defense of property (vs defense of human life). And the potential for collateral casualties is HUGE in that scenario. That person was a reckless cowboy, and is a perfect… Read more »


In Texas defense of property is legal, however your legal defense in civil suits following a shooting may well cost more than the property you were protecting. Firearm is only a backup if you are unable to avoid situations in the first place. I would be extremely unlikely to shoot in defense of property, but could well confront robbers, offering them opportunity to flee. If actions indicate they are choosing to attack instead of fleeing, situation has changed. Even the most liberal jury, or court, will view defense of your child’s life as justifying pretty much anything – not so… Read more »


Are you armed on the street at night?
Do you have a firearm accessible late at night?
Are you armed as you go grocery shopping?
Trying to choose when to be armed is not very productive.
Are you armed NOW?


Grandpa SXS

Yes,I’m armed now and I’m just lying in bed recuperating from Covid. The worst is over and I can’t wait until I can go shopping for myself again.