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

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Armed as you Drive, Armed at Home, and Armed at Work, iStock-595328708

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 Heather Reeves 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 work as you drive?

You drive a taxi. It is about 6:30 in the evening when you drive up to your next address. Three young men walk up to your car. Two of them get in the back, and one of them gets into the front seat next to you. The passenger in the front seat pulls a gun from his pants and tells you to get out and leave the keys.

You own a gun too. You have your Illinois concealed carry permit. You’re carrying tonight. You present your gun and shoot your attacker until he drops his gun. The two other robbers open the doors and run away. You try to drive away, but you hit two cars up the block and stop. You call 911 and ask for help.

Police arrest your attacker and one of the other robbers. Your armed attacker is taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds to his arm and hip. You give a statement to the police. You are not charged with a crime.

An hour later, a taxi driver was killed in a carjacking. Another taxi driver had to wait over an hour for the police to arrive after his car was carjacked. There are about two armed carjackings each day in Chicago.

Second Story- Are you armed at home?

You’re letting a female friend stay with you as she flees from domestic abuse. Someone knocks on your door and your friend opens it thinking it is her daughter. Her husband runs inside and threatens everyone. You run to the back bedroom and grab your gun. You turn as the husband rushes to grab you. You shoot him. He stops. You run from the house and call 911 from a neighbor’s home.

Police arrest your attacker. You give a brief statement to the police. EMS takes your attacker to the hospital for treatment of a non-lethal graze wound to his head. Your attacker is charged with felony breaking and entering, issuing threats, and misdemeanor communicating threats. He is held on outstanding warrants.

Third story- Are you armed at work in the evening?

You’re at work. You manage a Dollar General store. One of your clerks waves you over with a problem. You move behind the register and turn toward the customer.

How can I help you, you ask.
Open the register, he says.

The customer taps his waist, and you see a gun shoved in his pants. You are being robbed at gunpoint.

You own a gun too. You have your Pennsylvania license to carry. You’re armed tonight. The news article doesn’t say when and how, but you present your firearm and shoot your attacker twice. At least one shot hits the attacker in the head. You and the clerk step back and call 911.

None of the employees or customers are injured. You give a brief statement to the police. EMS declares your attacker dead at the scene. Your employees tell the police what they saw. You also hand over the store security video to the police. You are not charged with a crime.

Later, the police tell you that the robber had a fake gun in his pants.

Fourth story- Are you armed at home?

It is about 7:30 in the morning when you hear glass breaking in your home. You grab your gun and investigate. A strange young man moves toward you. You shout, and then you present your firearm and shoot him until he stops. He runs downstairs into your basement. Now you call the police.

Police arrest your intruder. EMS takes him to the hospital for treatment. Your attacker was 16 years old and you are 74 years old. 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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Pa John

Unless and until the average American VOTER starts to recognize the simple fact that new laws are NOT solutions and start demanding something else, all the various problems will continue to get worse. Enforcing existing law costs money that various local / city / state governments simply do not have, so instead of trying to implement proven known solutions they do not have the money to pay for, they simply make a big show of coming out with endless new laws instead. Fakery. A never ending “dog & pony show” to entertain and fool the ignorant masses, keep up the… Read more »


wagging the dog

Xaun Loc

Of course, now the 16 year old burglar will be counted as one more “innocent child victim of gun violence”


Not sure about number 2. Bad guy rushes in, you shoot him (graze wound), then run out to neighbor’s house to call 911, leaving potential victim alone with suspect. Why not send female you let stay with you call police?


“There are about two armed carjackings each day in Chicago.” How is this possible? I thought Chicago had strict ‘gun control’ laws??? Simply impossible.


If they had more laws against carjacking it would stop. It just takes more laws that criminals are afraid of going to jail for so they follow them and higher fines that they will not be able to pay. That always scares them.

More laws and more money is always the answer. It’s worked out so well for gun control.

Wild Bill

Most humorous!


how about after two times cut off their right foot


I have a better job breaking big rocks into little rocks for making concrete and gravel for roads.


typical mind set of Demo-Rats in their cities more laws against legal gun ownership, but they believe in catch and release for criminals!!!!!!!!!!

Deplorable Bill

Yup, your gear can’t help you if it is not present and you are not willing to use it. I hope the day never comes (again) when I am forced to deal with a threat to myself, my family, friends, neighbors, co workers or the innocent guy on the street. They say that lightening never strikes twice so my odds of another attack should be nill but I, for one, can prove that theory incorrect several times over. Life is precious, even mine, so it’s worth defending no matter what biden and his ilk says. Darkman is correct, your firearm… Read more »


Good response. Most the time it takes the time for the cops to arrive is about the same amount of time it takes for a body to cool. Let’s not forget that they are not going to rush right in either. Sometimes while assessing the situation things happen and especially while waiting an extended time for backup. Word of advice to all. Back to the wall facing the door. Then you can see what is coming at you and it will be to the side or the front of you. Anywhere and time I eat out or sit some place… Read more »


never sit in a straight line to door either, where you have clear view of door ,or where you are invisible to it


Add to that, when attending church services, I always sit in the last pew closest to the entrance at the far end closest to the wall. I will see the bad guy before he can swing the weapon 90 degrees to where I’m sitting.
Damn shame to have to take these precautions in Gods house, but Satan never sleeps.


I like the out door early morning service ,miss the sunrise service at the garden of the gods


In the concealed carry classes I and the wife have taken, it is called situational awareness. We are always scanning our surroundings for anything that appears to be strange or out of place. Even practice it at home and on our property. the only time I don’t is when I sleep.


ex dea it is called paranoia, and it keeps you alive


Oldman,that’s wonderful that you and your wife continually practice that training. All training and firearm proficiency are perishable skills. Situational awareness is what we learned also. Know your surroundings and if your gut in the pit of your stomach says something’s wrong it usually is.

Deplorable Bill

Tactics and situational awareness MATTER

Arm up and carry on


My firearm is just like the American Express card. I never leave home without it. Hell I’m sitting at the computer desk in PJ’s with an AR standing next to it. Just like the fire extinguishers we keep in every bedroom. They aren’t there because of fire, but in case of fire. Just like your personal protection firearm.
Arm Up Carry On and Keep Your Powder Dry.


12 gauge with a tight choke and both buck and bird no slugs in the house


The Mr.s prefers her Remington 870 pump 20 ga. With a tactical stock and extended tube loaded with buckshot.


I’ve really always preferred 20ga.over 12ga.myself. No slugs just 00buck if for home defense.