I report on self-defense. There are thousands of stories to cover every day, but few of them reach the local news. Almost none of these stories receive national attention. These particular examples are notable because the armed defender was not threatened, but instead acted to help another person who was in serious trouble. Read these examples. Put yourself in the place of the victims and the defenders.
First story- Are you armed when you’re walking on the street?You’re a woman in your thirties. It is mid-morning and you’re walking down the street. You hear a woman scream. You see a man attacking the woman who delivers your mail. The attacker has the mail carrier down on the ground and he is pulling at her clothes. You yell for him to stop. He ignores you. You step near the attacker, draw your gun, and shoot into the ground. Now the man stops attacking the woman. He stands up and runs at you. You shoot into the ground in front of him. This time he stops and runs away. You turn back to the victim of the sexual assault and ask her if she is ok. She is shaken.
The police arrive in minutes and tell you to put the gun down. You follow their instructions. The police find the attacker in a nearby alley.
Second Story- Are you armed when you are out to eat?It is very early Saturday morning. You’re having breakfast at a restaurant. You look up as two men enter in a hurry. They are wearing hoodies…and have guns drawn. They demand the money from the cash register. They are pointing their guns at the clerk behind the counter.
You’re armed. You draw your firearm and shoot at the robbers. They run. You check on the clerk and call police.
Third story- Are you armed when you’re driving your car?You’re driving on Main Street just after noon. This has to be the safest place in the world and the safest time of day. You look over and see a police car with its light flashing. The officer is on the ground. A man is on top of the officer hitting him. You stop your car and get out. You have your concealed carry permit. You’re armed. You shout for the attacker to stop. He doesn’t. You walk closer and draw your gun. Now the attacker stops and runs away. Police arrive and you put your gun away.
The injured police officer was taken to the hospital with broken bones in his face. The attacker was arrested and has a lengthy police record.
These were ordinary citizens going about their day. They responded to an unusual even in an extraordinary way. I thank them.
If you carry a firearm for personal protection, then I thank you too.
What would you do in these situations? I’m sure you’d protect your family and friends. Would you protect innocent strangers? Now is the time to think about it and decide. I discuss each event with a firearms instructor. Here are the notes and podcast.