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 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 as you arrive home?
You have a restraining order out against your ex-boyfriend after he shot at you. Now, he says he wants to get his things from your place. You said you’ll put them on the porch. You’re worried that your ex will be there when you arrive home, and he is. You shout for him to stay away from you. “Don’t come any closer.” Your ex grabs you. You present your firearm and shoot him. Now he lets go and moves away. You call 911 and ask for help.
The news article doesn’t say how far your ex ran. You holster your firearm and give a statement to the police. Your ex is arrested for three counts of felony bail jumping, with additional assessments as a domestic abuse repeater and habitual criminality repeater.
Because of his two convictions for domestic abuse and your restraining order, your ex was not supposed to be within 500 feet of you.
You are not charged with a crime.
Second Story- Are you armed as you drive?
It is 10:30 on a weeknight when you drive up to the address. You grab the pizza and carry it to the door. That is your job. You are a pizza delivery driver. Two young men run up to you. They are wearing masks. One of them has a gun pointed at you. He tells you to give him everything.
You have your Texas license to carry in your wallet. Your personal firearm is on your hip. The news article doesn’t say what you did with the pizza, but you present your firearm and shoot both of your attackers. Your armed attacker drops his gun so you stop shooting him. The other attacker runs away. You back away and call 911 for help.
You stay at the scene and holster your firearm. You call your store manager and tell her what happened. You give a brief statement to the police. They find the second robber nearby. Emergency medical services transport your robbers to the hospital. One robber was treated and released. He is arrested on charges of aggravated robbery. He faces charges of felony murder after his accomplice died in the hospital. The robbers are 15 and 17 years old.
Last week, another delivery driver in town was shot five times. You are not charged with a crime.
Third story- Are you armed at home?
You and your wife are home with your kids. It is after 8 on a weekday night when someone starts banging on your door. You don’t know who it is and you don’t open the door. You tell the stranger to go away. He keeps trying to get in so you call the police. You grab your gun. You back into your bedroom with your wife and children. Your attacker breaks down your front door and then comes toward you. You shoot your attacker until he stops advancing. Now you stop shooting. Your attacker runs outside.
Police detain your attacker outside and EMS takes him to the hospital. The 911 operator says that the police are outside your home and it is safe for you to come out. You put away your gun and all of you come out. You talk to the officers. So does your wife. Detectives arrive and ask you to give a statement at the police department.
Police charge your attacker with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, and criminal damage to property. The police take your firearm as evidence.
You’re not charged.
Fourth story- Are you armed at work?
You are selling jewelry at a small booth in the mall. It is the Friday afternoon after Thanksgiving and there are lots of people around. Two men walk up to your display. One grabs your gold chains and the other points a gun at you. You’re being robbed.
You’re armed. You present your gun and shoot your armed attacker. He shoots back. You shoot until he drops his gun. Now you stop shooting. The unarmed robber runs away.
News reports don’t say how far your armed attacker ran. You shout for help, and two off-duty police officers who work as mall security arrive in a minute. Two people in the crowd were struck by bullet fragments that ricocheted. Emergency medical services transported them, and your attacker to the hospital. You are not injured, but your ears are ringing.
You give a statement to the police. The two bystanders are treated and released from the hospital. Your attacker is expected to survive. Police published the security video from the mall and are looking for his accomplice.
A discussion of each story is at the Self Defense Gun Stories podcast webpage.