- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing; First Edition edition (October 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888952970
- ISBN-13: 978-1888952971
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Best Defense: True Stories of Intended Victims Who Defended Themselves with a Firearm Paperback – October 1, 1998
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Robert A. Waters is known in the true crime field for his tightly-focused writing and alternative viewpoint. In the 1990s, as the media howled for more gun control, Waters' first book, THE BEST DEFENSE, documented a dozen cases of armed self-defense. These dramatic and poignant stories, written in a compelling true crime format, focused on would-be victims who lived because they had a gun. THE BEST DEFENSE quickly became a best-seller, and helped to shape American views on the gun issue.
OUTGUNNED!, co-written with his brother John T. Waters, described true stories of infamous wild west outlaws and Prohibition-era gangsters whose violent crimes were stopped by armed citizens. Once again, this book popularized a little-known subject.
Robert's book, SUN STRUCK, also co-written with his brother, John, described fifteen breathtaking cases from the cradle of crime, Florida.
Top Customer Reviews
There are also examples of armed citizens coming to aid of stricken law enforcement officers, who probably owe their lives to the second ammendment rights exercised by the citizens. The stories of survival in the face of certain death at the hands of a violent criminal are gripping.
The book is a fast and easy read. Although not a great literary work, Robert A. Walters succeeds in telling the stories of victims turned defenders completely and understandably. No matter which side of the "gun control" debate you are on, this book will give you a good source of insight into the reasoning behind the pro-second ammendment advocates.
You will probably not sleep well at night after reading this book - unless you have an appropriate, loaded weapon nearby.
1. A robber will not hurt you if you do exactly what he tells you to do.
2. Using guns as a self-defense weapon is a deployment of more than necessary force to stop a violent encounter. Martial arts and self-defense sprays should suffice in any violent confrontation
3. Silent alarms should be able to get law enforcement agents onto the scene of a crime in progress before anybody gets physically wounded. In other words, carrying a gun in a place of business is equivalent to trying to take the law into your own hands
4. Law enforcement agents are always here to protect you
Buy this book and read for yourself about the burgular who breaks into the house of a sleeping woman and, without saying a word to her, pulls out a knife and begins to slash her face. The woman did not even have a chance to comprehend what is going on before there are two deep lacerations in her face. The attacker was so strong that after the woman shot him four times, he still continues to beat her and cut her for about another hour. Ask yourself if the martial arts or pepper sprays would have been able to stop him if four .22 caliber bullets barely could. When did the police arrive? One hour after the struggle began.
Read about the jewerly store owner who quickly activates a silent alarm after seeing three men enter his store with shotguns. The first thing the robbers did was fire a shotgun shell into a nearby glass window.Read more ›
How will you respond in a situation of criminal attack? Are you prepared to prevent, deter a crime or to defend yourself, if need be? Reading these true life events of people who used firearms for protection caused me to Be Aware & work on being better prepared for how I will respond in a given situation.
When it comes to self-defense, what you don't know can hurt you. Similar events can happen to anyone. Thanks to this book, it's become my decision to Never be a Victim and learn how to deal with certain people, learn precautions to take, and train to protect myself, my family, friends, and even strangers, if need be.
This is a book EVERY family should have, read, and remember.
Often it was with extreme reluctance that they used their weapons. In one very moving case a woman who sustained a severe beating before fatally wounding her assailant speaks of being haunted by the fact that she had to kill someone's son just before Mother's Day. Another story profiles gentleman car-jacked and forced into his trunk, where he kept two guns. When confronting his kidnapper, he fired three warning shots in the unsuccessful hope of not having to take the teenager's life.
Perhaps the book's most unsettling fact is the evildoers knowledge that they should stringently avoid Mom and Pop shops where the owners untethered by politically correct corporate policies are likely to be armed and readily able to defend themselves. Too many chain stores will willingly sacrifice a few replaceable employees in order to gain some valuable public relations.
Certainly this book has its sad elements; it's not pleasant to read about the lives snuffed out-even though it was the direct result of their inhuman actions. Still, overall it is a truly inspiring read. It made me think of some celebrated victims-like Nicole Brown, Ron Goldman, and Juanita Broderick--whose tragic fate may very well have been altered by the presence of a firearm.Read more ›
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Excellent book describing cases of civilians using firearms to protect themselves and their loved ones.. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Detective
This will make your blood run cold when you read how prevalent crime is. Then you will take heart from those wise enough to arm themselves and how they saved themselves.Published 18 months ago by Boomer49
Guns save way more lives than they take. True stories that prove their worth. Should erase any doubt about the need to carry.Published on December 2, 2012 by Michael C Klein
I read these stories as trashy entertainment, rather than hard facts upon which to base what could be a life-or-death decision. Read morePublished on August 4, 2011 by John Tchoe
This is a great book. There are lots of good reviews and descriptions here ... but I just wanted to add my positive review. The reality is frightening ... Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by E. Renaud
This book will "Set the record straight" when it come to "who is responsible" for yours and your families' protection! Read morePublished on December 14, 2010 by Gary Nycum
With 25 reviews prior to this one, this book doesn't need more promotion, but I can't resist giving it another 5-star vote. Read morePublished on August 15, 2007 by Loren
I finished reading this book very quickly. Every story was intense and captivating. The book was enjoyable for entertainment value alone, but it also contains critical... Read morePublished on April 9, 2002 by JHC