U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- 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 Tony Simon joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or did they have a plan?
First story- Are you armed at home during the day?
It is 11 in the morning on a weekday. You hear a crashing sound and the house seems to shake. Then you hear someone walking through the house and heading up the stairs. You’re a gun owner. You grab your gun and walk to the top of the stairs. You shout for the intruder to stop, but he keeps coming. You shoot until he stops, and then you stop shooting. You and your girlfriend call 911 and ask for help. Police are already on the way because your neighbors called to report the sound of gunfire.
Police identify your intruder as your girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. She has a restraining order against him. He broke into your house a week ago and stabbed you. This time, neither you nor your girlfriend is injured. You’re not charged with a crime.
Second Story- Are you armed at home at night?
It is 10 at night when you hear the sound of breaking glass. You see your ex-boyfriend walk into your apartment through a shattered sliding glass door. He chases you. You present your firearm and shoot him three times. Now he turns and runs back outside. You stop shooting. You stay inside and call 911.
Your neighbors report a stranger lying in their yard. Police arrest your ex-boyfriend and Emergency Medical Services take him to the hospital. Officers say he will be arrested and taken to jail when he’s released from the hospital. You are not charged.
Third story- Are you armed at work?
You’re working behind the counter at a smoke shop at 8 in the evening. Three young men come into the store, but one of them has a gun in his hands and he points his gun at you. You step into the back room. You keep your gun back there. The robbers have cleaned out the cash register, and the robber points his gun at you as you look through the doorway. You shoot your armed attacker. Now your robbers run away. You call 911.
Police find one of your robbers outside. It isn’t clear from the news accounts if the robber died at the scene, or later at a hospital. The other two robbers face charges of aggravated robbery and felony murder. The dead robber was 17 years old.
You recognize the three robbers since they were in your store an hour earlier.
Fourth story- Are you armed in public?
You work in a pawn shop. You step out of the shop to run an errand at four in the afternoon. That is when three people approach you. They are armed. They tell you to give them everything you have. You are carrying a concealed firearm. You present your gun and shoot your attackers. They shoot back as they run away. The news report doesn’t mention if you stayed in the parking lot or if you went back inside the building to call 911.
Your robbers crashed their car a short distance away. They left their wounded accomplice in the car. EMS takes your wounded attacker to the hospital. He is 14 years old. Police are looking for his two accomplices.
A discussion of each story is at the Self Defense Gun Stories podcast webpage.