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 Ben Branam 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 home?
It is a few hours after midnight when you wake up. You hear sounds of someone breaking into the trailer home where you live. You get out of bed and grab your firearm. A stranger is in your house. Rather than run away when he sees you, you have to fight the stranger to get him to leave. You shoot the robber twice and he stops fighting with you. You stop shooting. You back away and call the police.
You give a statement to the police when they arrive. Emergency medical services take your attacker to the local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to his leg and abdomen. The attacker is facing charges of home invasion/robbery when he gets out of the hospital.
You are not charged with a crime.
Second Story- Are you armed at home in the afternoon?
You are at home at about 5pm. You hear someone break into your home. You shoot at the intruder. He runs away. You holster your gun and go about your business.
The intruder was a career criminal and was being chased by 20 police officers after he broke into a number of homes that afternoon. The police hear the shots you fired. They catch the criminal when he runs from the police at the front of your neighbor’s home and jumps into the arms of the police who are waiting at the back of your neighbor’s home.
You saw the Sheriff speak on the evening news.
‘If someone’s breaking into your house, you’re more than welcome to shoot them in Santa Rosa County. We prefer that you do, actually. So, whoever that was, you’re not in trouble. Come see us. We have a gun-safety class we put on every other Saturday. If you take that class then you’ll shoot a lot better, and hopefully, you’ll save the taxpayers some money.’
You check your calendar to see if you’re busy on Saturday.
Your intruder has been arrested 17 times. He was sent to prison for six and a half years. He has open charges for aggravated assault, battery and violation of probation. He is also a registered high-risk sex offender. He is jailed on a 157 thousand dollars bond.
Third story- Are you prepared to defend your sister at home?
It is 7:30 in the morning. You are a 14 year old girl who is home on spring break. Your mom already left for work this morning. You are awake and your younger sister is still asleep.
You hear a strange sound. You step into the hallway outside your bedroom and hear someone in the garage. You run to the kitchen and grab two steak knives. Then you open the garage door and shout,
“Get out of here. Get out of my home. You don’t belong here.”
The intruder drops the property in his hands and runs to his truck. You pull your phone from your pocket and take a video of the intruder. You also take video of his license plate as he backs down your driveway. You’re frightened, but you manage to call 911.
Your intruder is arrested as he crosses over a local bridge. He is charged with aggravated breaking and entering, trespassing, attempted larceny, and disorderly conduct. He has a criminal history that goes back four decades. The intruder has been arraigned 130 times before for burglary and robbery. He is held pending a 200 thousand dollar cash bail.
Your mom says you are amazing.
Fourth story- Are you armed as you fill your car with gas?
You pull into the gas station at 10 in the morning. You’re pumping gas into your car when a stranger jumps out of a truck and jumps into your car, a Honda Accord. You run to the passenger seat and jump in. You fight with the carjacker to make him get out. He puts the car in reverse and heads into traffic. You draw your firearm and shoot your kidnapper several times. Now he takes his foot off the gas and you turn off the car. You get out and run. You call 911 for help. You put your gun away.
You give the police a brief statement when they arrive. You show the police your identification. EMTs take your kidnapper to the hospital with severe and life threatening injuries. News photographs show four separate bullet holes in the driver’s side window.
You are not charged with a crime.
A discussion of each story is at the Self Defense Gun Stories podcast webpage.