Should We Help Neighbors and Strangers in Public? Self Defense Gun Stories

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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 David Cole joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or did they have a plan?
(24-minute audio)

First story- Do you have a gun nearby early in the morning?

Anderson, Indiana – It is 1 in the morning when you hear your front door kicked in. A man is yelling that he is the police, that you should come out, and that they are searching for the money. You step out of your bedroom and see an armed man wearing a mask at the bottom of the stairs. He is not wearing a police uniform. You run back to your bedroom and grab your gun. You shoot the intruder when he runs into your bedroom. That is when you run outside and go to your neighbor’s house. You ask your neighbors to let you in and for them to call 911.

You tell the police what happened. They find your armed attacker upstairs in your home. He died at the scene. Your neighbors have surveillance video that shows your attacker drive up and look into your windows before he kicks in your door.

Second Story- Are you armed at home in the middle of the morning?

Waukegan, Illinois – You’re working from home today. You rent a basement apartment in a small house. You hear the female renter upstairs scream, and the sound frightens you. You also hear two men upstairs shouting at your female neighbor to put down the baby and to put her hands up.

You own a gun. You have your Illinois Firearms owner’s ID card. You grab your handgun and move up the stairs. You see two strange men, and one of them has a gun pointed at your neighbor. You shoot the attacker. You duck back downstairs and grab your rifle. You come back upstairs and the second robber shoots at you. You shoot back. Now one robber drags the other robber outside. You and your neighbor stay inside and call the police.

Your neighbor was babysitting an infant. She had the infant in her arms when the robbers claimed to be utility workers and pushed their way inside her home. Neither you, your neighbor, nor the infant is injured. You give a statement to the police when they arrive. The police find your dead attackers on the front lawn. Your attackers have a long record of arrests and convictions. You and your neighbor move to another home because of threats from local gangs. Both of you have your FOID cards, and of course, the robbers didn’t.

Third story- Are you armed as you buy dinner?

Port Arthur, Texas – You’re glad to be standing in line. The local fast-food chicken restaurant now lets customers walk inside and order at the counter so you don’t have to wait and work your way through the slow line at the drive-through window. You’re waiting for your order just before 9 at night. Two young men come inside and push to the front of the line. They are wearing masks. They also have guns in their hands. They threaten the kids behind the counter and they point their guns at the customers too.

You own a gun. You’re armed tonight. You wait until you have a clear shot and then shoot the two attackers. They run from the store. You stay at the scene and shout for everyone to call the police. You holster your gun and give a statement when the police arrive.

Police find your attackers nearby. Both are taken to the local hospital. One of them died and one is expected to recover. You are released and not charged with a crime.

Rob- Fourth story- Do you have a firearm nearby at night?

Guthrie, Oklahoma – People have been burglarizing your house at night for the last week. You stay at home tonight. You’re woken up by a crashing sound after two in the morning. You’re armed. You move into your home and see two intruders, but the way they are talking there might be more of them outside. They move around your home. When they move toward you, you shoot the robber closest to you. Now, the robbers run. You call 911 and stay inside your home.

Agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation take your statement. Emergency medical services declare one robber dead at the scene. Police notice your property that the thieves dropped on your front lawn as they ran. You’re not charged with a crime.

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





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I love happy endings, to bad one of the bad guys in the last story survived


I’ve got a bit of a pet peeve about these home defense articles and how they are titled and sub-titled. It isn’t major but in today’s world perception is truth and it could affect how articles are perceived by unknowing individuals and whether they decide to read them or not. The use of the word “Story”, as in First Story, Second Story, Third Story, etc… denotes that the incident is fiction. We all know that these incidents are far from fiction and they are many times life changing events. I suppose in the journalism world they are referred to as… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Ed

Of course these “Stories” are fiction, as the actual person involved has been replaced by “You”. I hate the way these incidents are presented, and that the adversities that must befall the subject, property confiscation, etc. are ignored.


we should do our best to help and defend, that is not the job of the police their job is to solve crimes scotus said so so we are it
but not if thy have an obummer sticker

Last edited 3 months ago by swmft
WI Patriot

“Should We Help Neighbors and Strangers in Public?”

You damned if you do, and you’re damned if you don’t…
Personally, unless that individual is under direct threat of great bodily injury or death, I’m just a witness…


Or worse, some other well-intentioned intervener mistakes you for a bad guy and puts a bullet in you.


Or worse, an enforcer can’t figure out what’s going on and shoots you:


Not sure getting shot by an enforcer is any worse than being mistakenly shot by a Good Samaritan. Perhaps you meant more likely?
If I recall what I’ve read of fbi statistics, compared to cops private individuals interrupt twice as many public shootings while shooting half as many innocents.


Or some low-IQ enforcer “lights you up” for fun.

Deplorable Bill

Should we help a innocent person on the street or neighbor or friend or loved one under threat of life or limb? I have seen, with my own eyes, two different murders. Both times I was driving and unarmed and not able to stop nor prosecute the killers. I go no place unarmed anymore. There was the time when I and my family and some friends would surely have been dead as victims of a mass killing. I was armed. I was reticent but willing to stop some low life drug dealer from killing any or all of us. I… Read more »

WI Patriot

“I was driving and unarmed and not able to stop nor prosecute the killers”

Not so, you were driving your weapon…remember, ANYTHING can be used as a weapon, not just a gun…


Right tool for the job. Yes a car is an incredibly deadly weapon. It also is a rather limited weapon. Tough to use a car to hold perpetrator until cops show up. If murder occurs before your eyes, it’s done. Killing perpetrator after the fact makes you a vigilante and likely puts you in jail. If you are driving and you want to hit someone off to the side, just how would you address them with your car? What if they are behind a barrier such as parked cars or a low wall? What if they have a gun? Making… Read more »


Depends dramatically on where one is and what hours one is out. Also depends strongly on how observant one is. Personally I witnessed what looked like deadly assault beginning, and like Bill I was unarmed – sped to a phone to call 911. Within 30 seconds cops were on scene. Apparently the armed thugs were more intent on threatening to beat gas station attendant to death than actually doing so. In this case 30 second response time proved sufficient. Point of the story was that my ex-wife who was in the car with me had no clue of any of… Read more »