Armed Defense as you Drive, at Home, and at Work

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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?

First story- Are you armed as you drive during the day?

It is 10 in the morning and you’re driving down a frontage road next to the highway. You’re watching as a car crashes at the intersection right in front of you. Police cars are right behind the crashed car. Some of the police get out of their cars and run toward you. That and the flashing lights stop traffic. A stranger is running away from the police and he has a gun in his hand. You put your hand on your concealed firearm. The stranger runs up to your car, points his gun at you, and shouts for you to get out of your car. You raise your firearm and shoot your attacker several times. He steps back from your car. Police are there in seconds. You drop your gun and put up your hands.

Police roll your attacker over and handcuff him. They call EMS. A few minutes later they ask you to step out of your car and show your identification. You give a brief statement to the police.

Later, you found out that your attacker was a known criminal running from the police. He had outstanding warrants for burglary and armed robbery. Your attacker remains in critical condition.

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

It is a little before noon on Saturday. You are standing in your kitchen when you hear a thud from the back door. You look and see a man standing on your back porch. He shouts at you and you shout that this is your home and for him to go away, He slams into the door again and breaks some of the glass. You run to your bedroom and grab your handgun gun. The stranger slams into your back door again. You shoot him. Now he steps away from the door. You call 911.

Police are already on the way because your neighbors reported a prowler in the area. You put your gun away and wait for the police. They find your intruder in your backyard. Emergency Medical Services take him to the hospital. You give a statement to the police. Your intruder died in the hospital.

Third story- Do you have a gun nearby at night?

You hear someone scratching at your window screen. You’re in bed and it is 4 in the morning. Someone tries to open your window, but your window is locked. You roll out of bed and grab your handgun. The intruder has a gun in his hand and you shoot him. You grab your phone and retreat from your room. You call 911 and ask for the police. You stay inside your home until the police arrive. You put your gun away. The police find your intruder’s firearm. Emergency Medical Services take your intruder to the hospital. You give a brief statement to the police.

Fourth story- Are you armed at work?

You’re working behind the counter at a smoke shop and corner store. It is early in the evening when three men run inside. They are wearing hoodies, but everyone wears hoodies. They are wearing masks, but lots of your customers wear masks. They point a gun at you, and that gets your attention. You’re armed. You are carrying concealed. The armed robber asks if you have kids and want to go home to see them. You open the cash register and hand him the evening’s receipts. The three robbers are leaving when you see them point their gun at a customer who is entering the store. You present your firearm and shoot the armed robber. All three robbers run out the door and drive away.

Your two co-workers are shaken, but not injured. You call 911. You give a statement to the police. You show the officers security video of the robbery. They find your injured robbers nearby. Two of them are taken to the hospital. The injured robbers had a history of armed robbery. One was out on parole. One died in the hospital. Police are looking for the third robber.

You called your boss and quit your job.

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

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Glypto Dropem

Here’s another place I carry religiously that you might think is silly. The range while at a firearms outing. I carry one loaded full power handgun with extra ammo on me the entire time that I do not shoot on that day to protect the firearms I have in the rack, cased, or on the back bench. This is not as necessary at the club I currently belong to as it was at my former club, but old habits die hard. My current sportsman’s club range is located far to the rear of the property and you have to drive… Read more »


I understand the old habits die hard comment. I wonder where I shoot how long it will be until someone has their guns taken from them when they go down range because they tend to all go. I have even observed police that were practicing with their long rifles all go down range at the same time leaving their equipment all by itself. When I go, both my wife and I are concealed and one of us always stays behind just for that reason. Prior kommiefornia thinking and experience. That’s the one thing I miss about having a range master.… Read more »

Deplorable Bill

In today’s world being unarmed is foolhardy and asking for trouble. In the last 40 years I have been forced to defend myself several times. I had to defend my family members several times. Between several armed assaults and attempted kidnappings I would have lost family members and I, myself, would have surely also died several times had I not been armed, ready and willing to use it. If you carry and I highly recommend that you do, be practiced and then willing to use it. Maybe take a ccw class. Try going to a competition like ipsc or idpa… Read more »


I don’t know where you live, but I would have moved decades ago!


even happens in good neighborhoods now gang bangers dont steal cars in their own hood they go to pinecrest or coral gables and take a a Maserati or land rover to do their drive bys they have even taken police cars

Glypto Dropem

It no longer really matters where you live. Here in Kommiecticut, the quiet and peaceful suburbs are totally under siege. Stolen cars, strong arm robberies, armed home invasions, kidnapping, rape, murder… you name it. A woman in the wealthy Hartford suburb of Simsbury heard a noise outside. She opened her front door and saw thieves attempting to steal her car. She yelled at them to stop, and they opened fire at her. Luckily she wasn’t hit but they got close. Getting gas at the local station means closing up and locking your car even while you are standing right next… Read more »

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Wild Bill

That is impressive. I never had a family member worth kidnapping!


sometimes perceived value, fo jewelry a nice car can make you a target. learned that in Columbia, kept me alive through americas


ah you dont keep your gun in a safe and the ammo in another, so unsafe . if it is not on me it is less than two feet away. hammer back ready to fire In more than than 50 years never shot anyone who did not deserve it

Glypto Dropem

In almost 40 years of carrying a firearm the one and only time I drew and displayed the fact I was armed was at my own front door at 01:00 on Christmas morning 2012. I called 911 and the state police were unavailable. Luckily the dude (who claimed his car broke down in front of my driveway) left when he saw me. The state police never came out, even the next morning. The whole story is documented on my blog here.