Book Review: Thank God I Had A Gun

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    Book Review: Thank God I Had A Gun

    Thank God I Had A Gun. True Accounts of Self Defense. By Chris Bird. Privateer Publications. 2006. 307 pages. Softcover. $19.95. Sold by Borders & Amazon, or from the publisher at 1-888-700-4333.

    Chris Bird is the author of the classic book The Concealed Handgun Manual, arguably the best book in print on the subject. In this book he has collected 14 true-life accounts of ordinary citizens who used firearms in defense of themselves or others.

    Not all of the stories tell of an actual shooting. In chapters 1, 2, 3, 10 and 11, just the presence of a firearm saved the day. Chapter 1 recounts the rather remarkable conversion of an anti-gun person into a staunch NRA card carrying pro-gun advocate during and after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Chapters 3, 8, 10, 12 and 14 are accounts of women protecting themselves or their families with a gun.

    One account, sadly, is not a success story for the good guys. Mark Wilson confronted a shooter armed with a semi-auto AK clone and wearing body armor in Tyler, Texas. Although Mark's actions were tactically sound, he was still shot to death. Read this tragic story in chapter 7.

    Be prepared for a surprise ending to chapter 13. This is the story of an Indianapolis pizza delivery guy who fired 16 rounds at an armed robber, hitting him at least 10 times, who then left the scene of the shooting with the robber's gun and drove back to his Pizza Hut before calling police.

    Robert Lawrence, of Tempe, Arizona, believed his life was in danger when he displayed, but did not fire, his pistol. His subsequent treatment by the justice system for exercising his rights was disgraceful. Robert's story is in chapter 11.

    Arlington, Texas, resident Susan Buxton, in chapter 14, shot and wounded a burglar in her home. Her gun was seized by police and she was forced to hire an attorney to get it back, in a classic case of bureaucratic "pass the buck".

    Other chapters detail incidents of grocery store hold-ups, a hotel room invasion, and an armed citizen who shot and captured a drug dealer, after the dealer shot & killed a Phoenix police officer.

    This book is a must read, and well deserves a place on your book shelf. If you have a friend or relative who doesn't believe in owning a gun, ask them to read this book. If it doesn't change their mind, nothing will. Highly recommended.

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    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry

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    Did you buy that in our area CC? It looks good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnoisaw View Post
    Did you buy that in our area CC? It looks good.
    Yes, I bought it at Borders Books.


    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry

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    Yep, I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and it was a good read. The best story, I thought, was the New Orleans/Katrina opening chapter story.

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    so now chris has the number 1 & 2 must read book !

    this one read a whole lot easier ,not so much a 'how to book' , yet it's a 'how to book' in disguise .

    like i said a must read !

    elance

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    Just Bought It...

    along with a dozen others...now I'll have to move it closer to the top of the pile...

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    I'm reading that book now..I had to skim over the original post so that I wouldn't ruin the book..

    So far, very good book, and great stories.

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    I will be picking this one up very soon. I'm looking forward to reading it.
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    Got it! It's excellent!!

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    A note about the pizza delivery guy: You would probably be surprised just how often delivery drivers simply go back to the store after being robbed, even if it's 10-15 minutes away. I've only once had a delivery driver pull a gun, and he was smart enough to stay put, but most of them aren't delivering pizzas to pay for the Mensa membership.
    I'll take a .45 and a large side of JHPs, please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    Yes, I bought it at Borders Books.
    I don't have a Borders Books around here, but I'm going to go into the big two-story Barnes & Noble nearby and ask at the information counter, "Can you please show me to where you have books on gun ownership and personal defense?"

    I'll stick with them until they either show me what I want to see (if the store even stocks it!) or order it for me.

    Yes, part of me wants to put 'em on the spot and have to deal with a customer who's asking about those dreaded guns!

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    I read it a few months ago and it was a great read =)

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    I got it for my wife (though I read it first), and it is a good book. Hopefully it will convince her to carry more often.

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    If you don't regularly see the effects of a shooting as a result of your job, get this book. You'll notice some patterns and learn a lot. It taught me to ALWAYS carry a spare mag or autoloader (or two).

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    Think, I well have to buy that book.

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