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My next guest is a power equipment shop owner he was robbed fifteen times over three month period.
He reported the incidents of the police even installed surveillance cameras but -- -- continue to break into his property during the night.
They stole thousands of dollars of supplies.
After finally just haven't -- -- -- -- in his lot overnight with -- handgun.
Joining me now with the outcome Darren Fowler Darren thanks for joining us.
You know I'd be pretty frustrated -- -- -- ripped off fifteen times in a three month period.
Was it frustration our anger that led you to say I'm camping out of the got.
He -- a little bit of both.
You can imagine there's lot of sleepless nights.
To the point of actually catching this guy.
Only been hit in the yard out the very far -- so it was just parts units when we had noticed earlier that day in the day.
-- actually started cutting into the fence that would actually be customer units left -- actually start writing checks to cover those costs.
Where the police helpful.
-- -- you know -- you column every time you get a a break in during the night so what did they tell you hey look he just just too bad we just can't help.
-- you know that the the original response that I got from from the police department wasn't very favorable.
That then and talking to woman in recurrence is.
You know that the budgets they just they have half the men they had two years ago obviously they can't -- a guy -- my parking -- all night long.
They got bigger fish to fry than somebody trying to steal some -- -- So you decided to get a gun and just wait for the guys to come back it was pretty evident ever gonna come back as often as they had come so we have a little nervous about.
And confronting some.
Burglars with your -- Well yeah a little bit you know -- -- -- this thing can go south pretty quick bit.
You know I've had a gun on my side for the better part of fifteen years I'm a I'm a concealed carry holder.
My wife is my father lawyers you know my father's a retired police officer I mean it's.
You know been around -- my whole life so.
And not only that but this guy took his time cutting through the fence he actually started cutting through about ten feet from where we were -- My my -- was wow so what I I had a good amount of time to actually kind of think about it and and and know where I want this to go what I had to do make you get there.
Darren tell me what you said on this guy cuts the year -- did you stand up and say you know.
Stop or I'll shoot -- -- I'm just curious what do you say to a guided to just caught breaking into your place and you've got the gun.
Well you know that was my biggest asset I think even over the gun.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- be brought you know actually kind of covered the noises that I made.
I actually came up behind him Canada in a pretty a firm voice I said freeze get on the ground and I I think honestly think he he -- the cops happen.
You know when he turned around -- was the guy was stealing from a probably made it a lot worse -- that.
I mean his hands were up and he was already -- -- the ground on his knees.
You know before even faced me.
And he would stay at that point he did know whether you were a copper the owner.
But obviously he complied know what if you hadn't -- had a gun if you just had a baseball bat or maybe you could have read tunes and select quotations from -- -- spoke on.
How we should change behavior do you think the outcome would have been the same -- You know the outcome would have been completely different if I would have if I -- stepped up with a baseball bat.
You know this guy had a record he was out -- on Bailey.
He actually just got out -- bail he was in jail for battery.
This guy would have thought he was tough if I had a baseball bat and I would have had heard him or I -- got hurt I mean it they would not I didn't even remotely been the same outcome.
The gun kept everybody calm.
Nobody got hurt.
I mean it was used for what it was supposed to be used for.
Any break in since that time.
No -- I think I should I -- the problem.
He -- you know it it's it's funny I I've been getting lots of anti gun stuff coming at me on on different threads and you know you look at stuff online and lots lots -- liberal people out there just.
Just let me have it you know and it's funny we're not an easy target anymore and we can actually go home and sleep now not have to worry about it.
Darren I'm glad it turned out well for you -- I think you know you give us a great reminder that a lot of police forces across the country.
Are seeing their budgets slashed they can't get to -- And the old saying as.
Seconds count of the police are just minutes away and it's why a lot of people like Darren are doing what he's doing.
And that's protecting his own property.
I'm not being some kind of wild west renegade vigil Monty but doing what every American has a constitutional right to -- to protect himself and his property.
-- I'm glad it worked out well.
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