At the Bank, at Work, and as You Stop for Gas- More Self Defense Gun Stories

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Here is the news you don’t get from the mainstream media. Again this week, responsible gun owners defend themselves and the people they love. Self-defense instructor Andee Reardon O’Brion joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or did they have good habits? What can we learn from their experience? (19-minute audio)

These victims survived lethal attacks because they had a gun..and a plan.

First story-  Are you armed as you drive to the bank?

It is after work and you have some money to deposit at your bank. You walk up to the ATM when you see someone crossing the parking lot towards you. The stranger is wearing a hoodie. The hoodie is pulled up over his head and his face. The stranger has a gun in his hand. You’re being robbed.

You have your concealed carry permit. You’re armed tonight. Your attacker tells you to give up your money. You say fine, and then reach for your pocket. You shoot your attacker several times as you move away. Your attacker runs and drops his handgun. You pick up the attacker’s gun and then drive to your girlfriend’s house nearby. You call the police. You come back to the ATM and make a statement.

The police find your attacker around the corner and take him to the hospital with serious injuries. Your 19 year old attacker is charged with attempted aggravated robbery.

Second Story-  Are you armed at an open house?

You’re a realtor. It is Sunday morning and you’re getting ready to show this house.

You’re alone when a man walks inside. He’s in his late 20s to early 30s. He asks the right questions about a loan and then asks to see the upstairs. That is where he pulls out a knife and a can of bear spray. He tells you to give him your ring and to get into the closet.

You have your concealed carry permit. You’re armed. You draw your gun and your attacker sprays you with the bear spray. You fire your gun and he runs away. It is hard to do, but you call police. They take you to the hospital to wash you off.

Third story- Are you armed as you stop for gas and coffee?

It is two in the morning. You fill up your car’s gas tank and you’re getting yourself some coffee. There are several other people in the convenience store. There are also two clerks behind the counter. You look up as two men rush in. They shout that no one should move. They have hoodies pulled over their heads and bandanas over their faces. They also have guns in their hands. One man stays at the door. The other man runs behind the counter. The store clerks put their hands up and so do the two customers in front of you.

You have your concealed carry permit. You’re armed. You’re standing at the back of the store and you wait while the robber behind the counter waves his gun around. A moment later, both robbers are watching the till as the robber stuffs money into his pockets. The robber near the door has his gun up. You draw and shoot that robber twice. You get one shot at the robber behind the counter before he falls to the ground. You look back at the first robber and he laying on his back outside the doorway. Other customers grab the robber’s guns. Everyone calls the police.

Police take the wounded robber behind the counter to the hospital. He and his two accomplices have a string of robberies going back months. This was the fifth convenience store they’d robbed today. Your attackers were eighteen and nineteen years old.

Fourth story- Are you armed as you walk down the street?

You’re walking down the street after dark. You notice four men ahead of you, and you slow down. Three of the men notice you. Two of them point guns at you and order you to come closer. These three robbers were attacking a stranger, and now they’ve turned their attention to you.

You have your concealed carry permit. You’re armed. You study your attackers as you walk closer. You both want to slow down and you want to run faster. You draw your firearm and shoot your three attackers. They run away. You call the police.

The police find your attackers in an abandoned house nearby. They also find stolen property and the robbers guns.

What would you do in these situations? Podcast and full discussion at the link.

Slow FactsAbout Rob Morse

Rob writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

Contact Andee Reardon O’Brion at and on her facebook and Instagram pages with the same name.


  1. Why does it matter that you have a magic piece of paper from your masters when it come to protecting your self?

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