Knock, Knock.. Who's There?.. Home Invasion

Hearing a story of violence or an innocent person being victimized seems to be commonplace these days, but rarely do these stories occur so close to home.

Recently I had a student who wanted to get her FL Concealed Weapons Permit, I asked her why she wanted to carry concealed. The story that followed left everyone in the room with an eerie feeling. Here is the story  

A few years ago I was in my home excited for a relaxing evening at home when I hear a knock on the door. I opened the door to find a young well-dressed man, who was looking for someone. I recognized the name as a friend of my mothers. I informed the man that I hadn't seen her today and I closed the door. To my surprise, I heard another knock a few minutes later so I approached the door and asked: "Who is it". It was the same man asking if my mother's friend was back yet. I opened the door to tell this man that no she is not here and leave me alone. When I opened the door six men forced their way into my home. I've never been so scared in my life. One of the men was pointing a gun at me and telling me to get on the floor. I ran to a dresser drawer and grabbed my boyfriend's, who is a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy, firearm. When I pulled the pistol from the drawer the six men were running out of my home as fast as they entered. I was very scared but happy that I had a firearm to protect me. 

Stories of home invasions are far too common in Tampa Bay. I'm very happy that this woman is ok and that she had a firearm easily accessible during this incident. But I think the situation could have been avoided altogether. Part of the home invasion strategy is to trick the homeowner into opening the front door and they've come up with some pretty creating stories to get you to do this. Some of the most creative are "Have you seen my dog?" "I have a UPS delivery" and of course "Have you seen this person?". I ask my wife to never open the door unless we know the person on the other side. Keep the door shut and talk thru the window. I believe this does two things to the mind of a potential bad guy. First, it tells them your home. The last thing I want is for some scum bag to think my home is empty and attempt a burglary while my wife and kids are inside. Second, I believe that by not opening the door you present yourself as a hardened target. Hopefully, the bad guy will see you as more work and risk than its worth and move on. 

Having a firearm for home defense is important for the safety and protection of your home, but a firm believer that most dangerous situations can be avoided if we are aware of our surroundings and vigilant. You need to know that bad people exist, they are around us every day looking for easy victims. Make yourself look like a difficult target. Keep your head on a swivel and remember peoples intentions are not always what they seem.  

If you have a similar story, please share it with me in the comments below. I would love to write an article about your story of survival. 

Ryan Thomas

Tampa Carry | Concealed Carry Permit 

Range Story: Trisha couldn't stop shaking.. But did Amazing.

Trisha attended our Concealed Carry permit course in July and I can't tell you how nervous she was. Trisha wanted a carry permit due to threats she has been receiving from an ex-boyfriend. "I've never handled a gun before and really didn't want to come, but my friend is forcing me," she said to me before the class started. By the end of the class, I could tell her anxiety was gone. Trisha left us a great review on Google

"Let me start off by saying I am petrified to even hold a gun. Recently I had a crazy ex which made me scared to death. My friend gave me moral support to go to this class. I never in a million years thought I would do something like this. Ryan was the instructor who made me feel comfortable. He was funny and made the class enjoyable very informative. Ryan made it interesting by sharing his personal experiences and his "what if" situations. The videos Ryan shared helped put some of the info into perspective. At the end of the class, he took the time and give me personal attention on how to hold a gun. I can't wait to attend a private lesson with him I highly recommend this class." Trisha

On Monday Trisha and I met at a local gun range for a little private instruction. As you can imagine she was nervous. When I asked her to pick up the gun she started shaking a little. I was very surprised at what came next. Trisha was extremely accurate in her shooting. It blew my mind, and even though she didn't stop shaking. She was consistently shooting 2" groups at 10 yards with a Walther P22. I think Trisha may have been lying to me about her previous experience shooting. She claims that she has never shot a gun before. I think she is an undercover CIA agent pretending to be a new be. I guess I will never know. 

Here is a video of Trisha loading, shooting and clearing a Walther P22 like a pro.