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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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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.
While "The Best Defense" make no political points in favor of gun ownership, these living, breathing individuals stand as constant refutations to the tyrannical voices of gun control. This is Robert A. Waters' first book, and he has written a very hard act to follow.
Imagine that you are a man who has to keep moving his family to keep them safe because a man who is fixated on your wife is stalking them. One day you look out your window and come face to face with your worst nightmare - this stalker and his gun. Doug Stanton lived this.
These are only two of the fourteen stories that Robert Waters so grippingly tells in his book "The Best Defense." All of the stories are of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances who had guns and had to come to grips, in a matter of seconds, with the question "Could I really shoot someone?" Each of the stories is told in such a way that I could actually picture them in my mind. I consider myself somewhat of an expert on True Crime books and that whole genre and mind imagery in such a book is one of my top priorities. The fear and horror of each situation actually jumps out at you from the page. You absolutely CANNOT put this book down until you reach the end of each chapter - you come to care about these people and want them to come out of each situation with their lives.
This book was written in such a way that it totally changed my view on owning guns. I have always been a gun-control advocate - however, had these people not had guns, this book could not have been written - they would have been dead. Mr. Waters does not preach, he just tells the stories - but if you are not moved by this book, nothing could move you. It changed me in such a way that I am looking into getting a gun for my own protection. This book is THAT POWERFUL. I look forward with great anticipation to his next book . It can't come soon enough.