Armed at Home, at Work, and as you Drive

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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- Do you have a firearm nearby at night?

It is a few hours before sunrise on a Wednesday morning. You are at home with your boyfriend and small children. You hear someone trying to enter your home. Your doors and windows are locked. You grab your gun and are out of bed when a man breaks one of your back windows and enters the home. You shout that you are armed, and the intruder leaves. You call 911. You are on the phone when the stranger breaks another window and enters your home a second time. This time he is armed. He enters your home and points a gun at your boyfriend’s head. You present your firearm and shoot the intruder. He drops his gun and you stop shooting. The attacker is your ex-boyfriend.

You and your family retreat. Police take your attacker’s gun. Emergency medical personnel declare your attacker dead at the scene. Neither your boyfriend nor your children are injured. You give a brief statement to the police. The sound of your attacker breaking the window and you shouting for him to stay outside was recorded on the 911 tape.

Second Story- Are you armed at work?

People under 21 years of age are not allowed inside, so your job is to check identification at the door of a marijuana dispensary. It is almost 8 at night when you see a stranger grab one of the dispensary employees in the parking lot. The attacker puts the employee in a chokehold and puts a gun to the employee’s head. The two want to enter the shop.

Are you robbing us, you ask?

This is a robbery, he answers.

You wait your turn and then present your firearm. You shoot the attacker. The employee drops down and then runs away. The attacker falls to the floor. You step back and make sure the attacker isn’t a threat. None of the customers or employees are injured. You and the manager call 911.

Police disarm the attacker. EMS declares your attacker dead at the scene. You show the police the parking lot security video from the dispensary and the video from the gun shop next door. You know they have video next door because you also work at the gunshop.

This is the 77th robbery at a marijuana dispensary in western Washington. 9 out of 10 robberies are by armed criminals. Some store clerks have been murdered during the robberies.

You and the other employee take a few days off work.

Rob- Third story- Are you armed as you drive for a ride-sharing company?

You are a female driver for Uber. You pull up to the downtown address to pick up your passengers. It is after midnight and you see a man push a woman to the ground. You hope that isn’t your customers, but they walk up and identify themselves. The man is extremely intoxicated and soon falls asleep as you drive.

You tell the female passenger that you saw what happened and that you are sorry. The man wakes up and slaps the female passenger. You tell him to stop and he hits you. You stop the car and tell him to get out of your car. He complies at first, but then he runs back at you.

You have your Florida concealed weapons license. You’re armed tonight. You shoot your attacker before he reaches you. Now he stops. You back up and call 911.

Police and EMTs arrive. EMS takes your attacker to the hospital with serious gunshot injuries. You tell the police what happened. The attacker is charged with assault and battery.

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

You arrive home after dark. You get out of your car and walk to the side door of your house. The door is locked. You don’t remember locking it, so you walk to the front of the house to go in the front door. That is when you see a man come out of your house and move toward you. He has a knife in his hands and is threatening you

You back away from your attacker, but he can move forward faster than you can back away. You own a gun. You’re carrying concealed tonight. You present your gun and shoot your attacker one time. You back up and your attacker stops chasing you. Now he stops. He falls and you call 911.

Police disarm your attacker and EMS takes him to the hospital. You tell the police what happened. You go inside your home with the police. You notice that some money is missing. The police don’t tell you if the robber had your money on him.

Later, you find out your attacker died in the hospital.

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

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Glypto Dropem

In reference to the four scenarios: Yes to #1 and #4. As a Firefighter/EMT it is impractical and more dangerous for me to carry at work, and I would NEVER work for any drive share company. I don’t want some scumbag willingly in my vehicle, stinking it up or barfing on the upholstery. I have documented my own home defense story from 2012 at: On Sunday March 13, 2022 at 01:13 AM I had my home alarm system go off, prompting me to get up and go on a search and destroy mission in my own house while armed.… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Glypto Dropem

Since this country is now a police state and most states likewise, assume your a$$ is in big trouble if you have to use your firearm and can’t justify your actions. You hear about cops being glad good citizens are armed – don’t believe it. They are very jealous of their ability to pack and the authority to use it. With such a hodgepodge of varying Castle Doctrine laws and the like, I’m sticking with RBWS, best remembered as Rowdy Boys Want Sex – 1.Retreat, 2.Barricade, 3.Warn, 4.Shoot. It can be as little as a step back, tip over a… Read more »


If the bad guy has already entered your home don’t tell him your armed Just shoot him, he will find out soon enough as the last breath of air escapes his lead filled chest.

Pa John

“The police don’t tell you if the robber had your money on him.”

Something about that line from the fourth story above just stands out for some reason. Since no matter what I say next could be twisted in all directions and purposely misunderstood, I should perhaps just leave that line speak for itself. Nah, better yet, here is a National Enquirer explanation: Perhaps Elvis and Bigfoot passed by while out flying around in their UFO, and they picked it up.

Yeah, that’s the ticket. 🙂

  • Firearm nearby at night? Yes!
  • Now retired, but as a cop for 37 years, yes I was armed at work.
  • Armed at home late at night? Yup and daytime as well. I’m armed pretty much 24/7. Crime is a 247 problem and no one is immune.
  • I don’t drive for UBER, but I am armed while driving.
  • Am I paranoid? No, just prepared. Usually with a backup.
  • Armed everywhere I travel, via: LEOSA / HR218.

That UBER driver is now unemployed.


the second one is problematic, if the defender is partaking they are federally prohibited person, the state may take a pass but feds could bind them up good

Deplorable Bill

Moral of the stories: Keep your gear handy and be willing to use it if you have to. Your gear does you no good if it is not in your immediate possession. Your gear does you no good if you are unwilling to use it. GOD gave mankind the right to defend themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors, the innocent guy on the street, your co workers and your property. It is absolutely natural to do so and no righteous person will ever fault you for it. Life is precious, what would your family do without you? What would you… Read more »


The times they are achanglng . While shopping at my local grocery store today , I noticed one woman in the checkout lane open carrying and another 20 something male also shopping while open carrying.
I myself was concealed carrying, so we had a few sheep dogs present.

Deplorable Bill

All good things. We, you, me, each of us is/are our own first responder. I’d rather carry concealed, surprise can be a good thing.

Arm up and carry on

Wild Bill

That is very cool. Where was that?!


The legal system could care no less about “righteous.” Do what you must, but be prepared for consequences.