Thank God I Had a Gun

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One of the best-kept secrets in America is how often and how effectively ordinary citizens defend themselves with firearms against criminal attack or criminal threat. Criminology professor Gary Kleck of Florida State University estimates that each year about 2.5 million ordinary people in the United States use firearms in confrontations with criminals. In the most cases, a shot is not fired and the incident is not reported to police. Along with the bias of the mainstream media against portraying guns in a positive light, this results in these incidents occurring below the public's radar. The second edition of this comprehensive look at self-defense with firearms lifts the veil by recounting some of these incidents, from warding off a burglar in the home to coming to the aid of a police officer in jeopardy. Each incident is put into context with other self-defense actions and features descriptions of ordinary citizens to determine why they did what they did. The stories are rounded out by suggestions, often from the participants themselves, about what they might have done differently. The book has been updated with several newer and more timely stories.


Chris Bird is a certified concealed handgun instructor, a former president of the Texas Concealed Handgun Association, and the author of The Concealed Handgun Manual, now in its sixth edition and sold by the NRA. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.


“Chris Bird has written the book the left-wing media does not want you to read. These stories illustrate that nothing is more effective at stopping dangerous people than well-trained individuals with the firepower to fight back. This is must reading for anyone who believes in the power and importance of the Second Amendment.”  —Rick Perry, governor of Texas

“Chris Bird has related real-life accounts of the life-saving results of gun ownership. This second edition has new chapters which, as before, are based on the digging that Chris does to get it right.”  —Larry Pratt, executive director, Gun Owners of America

“There is much to be learned from Chris's painstaking, detailed research. I recommend this book highly.”  —Massad Ayoob, author, The Ayoob Files