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- Do you have a firearm nearby when you’re asleep in bed?
It is a few hours before dawn. You hear your female roommate yell, so you get out of bed to see what is going on. She is physically injured and emotionally upset. While she is explaining what happened a stranger breaks through your back door. You fight with him and try to push him outside. When that doesn’t work, you grab your gun and shoot your attacker. Now he turns and runs back outside. You stay inside and call 911 for help.
Police find your attacker outside. You put your gun away and give them a statement. Emergency medical services declare your attacker dead at the scene. Your roommate also gives a statement to the police.
Your roommate is in the hospital for several days due to the injuries she received from your attacker. Your attacker had served several years in prison for trying to have another woman murdered.
You are not charged with a crime. And more here.
Second Story- Do you have a firearm nearby when you’re asleep?
You are at home asleep in your bed. It is a few hours before sunrise when you hear someone trying to open your doors and windows. Fortunately, they are locked. You get your gun and walk into the center of your home to listen. You hear glass breaking in a child’s room at the back of your house. You see an intruder enter through the window and you shoot him one time. He leaves your home. You call 911 and wait for the police.
You put your gun away and talk to the police. They search the outside of your home and find your intruder near your back steps. EMS takes your intruder to the hospital with a life-threatening head wound. You give a brief statement to the police.
You are not charged with a crime. And here.
Third story- Do you have a firearm nearby at night?
You are asleep in your bed. It is a little before 5 AM when your house shakes. You sit up and hear someone in your house. You grab your gun and look down the hallway. Several men are entering your home. You shoot at them. They shoot back and you duck into your bedroom. They shout that they are the police. You say don’t shoot and you put your gun down. Your kids are in the bedroom next to you.
Police arrest you, though you are not named on the warrant they used to enter your house. Police take your children. Your 1-year-old falls out of the police car, and your child’s mother takes the child to the hospital for treatment.
You show the police your carry permit, so they know you have a clean criminal record.
You are charged and then the charges are dismissed by the state’s attorney.. two months later.
Fourth story- Are you armed at work?
You work in a small used car dealership. A customer walks up to you in the lot and asks if he can see a car. You say to come inside to get the keys and a copy of his identification. As you sit down, you see the customer flash a gun that is tucked into his sweatpants, not into a holster.
You’re armed too. You put your hand on your firearm and present it to the low ready. The robber says, nope, and runs outside where his getaway driver is waiting.
You stay inside and call the police. You show them the many security video shots of the robber.
You are not charged with a crime.
Tag- No shots fired
A discussion of each story is at the Self Defense Gun Stories podcast webpage.
About Rob Morse
Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, Clash Daily, Second Call Defense, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob was an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.