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‘Carrying a Gun Saved My Life’: Meet Ryan Moore

On December 11, 2010, in Conyers, GA, 22-year-old Ryan Moore was at a friend’s house for an evening of leisure. He borrowed a friend’s car to drive to the nearby grocery store, where his handgun saved his life. I interviewed Ryan Moore over e-mail about that evening.

What happened that night at the Ingles (grocery store) parking lot?

I had parked near the front of the store. A man approached as I was about to get out, asking if I had some spare money he could use for gas. After replying I didn’t have any cash, he proceeded to walk away. As I was watching him leave, I then stepped out of the vehicle and was grabbed from behind by a man who put a knife to my neck. The first man then came back and demanded my keys and wallet.

How much time did you have to react?

It took a few seconds for me to realize what was happening. Once it dawned on me, I made the decision to fight back.

I grabbed the knife and pulled it away from my neck. After a brief struggle, I managed to push him away allowing me to create a few feet of distance, where I was able to draw my revolver from concealment and to fire in defense as he came back towards me with the knife.

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  • Toyrunner

    God bless the 2nd Amendment and concealed carry.

    • 7papa7

      A big Amen to that. I am a strong advocate of the second amendment as well as the rest of the Constitution. I also have a CCH license. If obama had his way this man would have been dead and obama would be to blame if Mr. Moore followed obama’s unconstitutional laws. We are to follow the laws of the land but ONLY those laws that are NOT in direct conflict with the Constitution. The Constitution has preeminence over any other law that any government or little dictator may try and impose on the people. I will NOT now or ever turn in my guns just because the government wants them, besides they are well enough armed they don’t need mine to send to Mexican drug cartels.

    • ginger

      We should not have to even have a concealed carry…the second Amendment guarantees our rights period…but we have given our power to corrupt government officials and legislators so they can take our country from us.

  • Terry Lee

    Once again proving what happens when you bring a knife to a gun fight. Lord help us when the good law-abiding citizen in the USA will no longer be allowed to bring a gun to the gunfight.

    • OldDocBen

      Well, Terry, don’t allow that to happen. If they come for your guns stand up and defy them. Never give in and never give up.

  • Arley

    The best defense, is always, a better offense. When you draw a gun, against most any other weapon, they, holding the ‘any other weapon,’ are at a great disadvantage, with no place to hide.

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  • SuperDuty Ford

    Hopefully he double tapped the thugs and ended the problem permanately.

  • DrBobNM

    “…and to fire in defense as he came back towards me with the knife…” bad move from the knife wielder, lol. He should have ran like hell.

    • foxxybey

      Not everyone is a coward like yourself DrBobNM, I say good for him and tough luck bringing a knife to a gun fight.

      • DrBobNM

        so a knife at 5 feet is equivalent to a 0.357? Cowardice? I call it retreating to fight another day. May be foxxy (not) but you sure are stupid.

        • foxxybey

          So the man is suppose to let the guy go and find a knife to make it fair? You really are dumb, the crook shouldn’t have tried to rob him period, he made a choice and it cost him, your such a coward and idiot you deserve to get robbed and you are the stupid one. Are you a Dr. of Nonsense? You sure don’t make sense at all. By the way, who is to say the guy would have just let him run away? Cowards cause more deaths then anyone I know. Have you ever been in combat? I’m sure you haven’t, no place to run to and this Marine would have shot you for running and shot this crook more then once. Grow up coward Dr.

          • DrBobNM

            no Marine is as stupid as you. liar

        • foxxybey

          I read your rewrite but, this one doesn’t say what you said idiot, how many drinks you had tonight Dr.? When it comes to stupid you can take a bow.

        • OldDocBen

          Perhaps some of you should look up the Tooele concept. Paraphrasing it means a man with a knife who is 21 feet or less from you can get to you and kill you with his knife before most armed citizens can draw their gun. A valid reason to practice with your carry weapon.

          • DrBobNM

            Ben..thanks. I think the story mentioned that the guy had already drawn his firearm and yet the perp decided to continue in the forward trajectory nevertheless. Very good advice tho’ in general.

      • parlayer

        Good for him about the crook?? Right between the eyes, is all he understands, “A fearless dead man” the world is full of them.

        • foxxybey

          Parlayer, DrBobNM has gotten more people killed then those brave enough to protect themselves. In combat he would be off and running and as I told him, I would shoot him for the better of everyone. Spent 12 years in the Marine Corps and I don’t run from anyone. Last time someone pulled a knife on me, I told them I’d take it away and stick it up their butt, the person didn’t want to try that. LOL. God Bless parlayer:

          • parlayer

            Thanks, foxxbey.

      • DrBobNM

        English your 2nd language? I was saying the guy with the knife should have run. DUH????

        • foxxybey

          Thats not what you wrote idiot, and you mess with this Marine and I’ll put you in the hospital for a long time Dr. Is english your second language? I re read your comment and you need to learn how to express your self stupid.

          • DrBobNM

            expressed myself very clearly. No real marine would threaten someone like you are. You are a coward hiding behind a screen. Ans no, I will not meet you somewhere to settle it. That would be as stupid as the guy with a knife coming to a gunfight, as I originally stated.

          • foxxybey

            Really I travel quite a bit, so would be glad to visit you sometime little coward hiding behind a screen. You wouldn’t face me because your a lying coward, who probaby wears a dress when not on the net. I would use my bare hands and wipe you in less then a minute and then laugh all the way back home. read your first statement idiot, and you’ll see what you said before it was pointed out and you went back and re-wrote it. Wow you really are dumb.

          • DrBobNM

            nice response, gramps (70 yo is not exactly someone who would make me shake in my boots, LOL). I didn’t rewrite anything, I just paraphrased what I had originally written. Thank you for your service, but now that I have a little clearer picture on you, I see that senility has set in, and so really nothing you say has any impact in the debate. Good luck to you, and God Bless.

            “…who probaby wears a dress when not on the net…”
            how do you know that I’m not wearing a dress when I’m ON the net? Who would know, really :-). Give it a rest pops, if that doesn’t show that you are a little slow in things that involve grey matter, I don;t know what does.

          • Sweetie, “bad move from the knife wielder, lol. He (the knife wielder) should have run like hell. The way he said it was fine. -> daughter of a WWII marine and former Navy.

          • sandman

            suck it up Marine, when you are wrong you are wrong! I also read his post, and I could tell what he was saying every time, and you jumped into him for no reason, it takes a big man to admit he is wrong, are you that man? Semper Fi !!!

          • foxxybey

            You need to learn to read also sandman. I don’t jump on anyone with out reason, his first statement was unclear until he rewrote it differently to cover what he first said. Thanks for the Semper Fi.

          • sandman

            I can read just fine, typing? that is another story, but come on man! as a test I had my 8yr old read this post, and he got it right away, but oh well it is not the end of the world, Semper Fi!!

          • foxxybey

            Maybe he took the first post off and you read his second post which made sense, I know I can read but, typing? Just like yourself, sometimes hands are faster then my thoughts. Semper Fi Friend:

    • parlayer

      ??? I don’t get it either!

  • @ SuperDuty Ford. Did you read the whole article? “I had a five shot Taurus 651 snub-nosed .357 magnum loaded with magnum defensive ammunition. After drawing, I fired three shots in about two seconds before the attacker with the knife turned and collapsed after taking a few steps. I then turned around expecting the second attacker to be there, only to see him fleeing the scene.”

  • Jed54

    Ryan Moore………. “Congrats” my friend….

    • DenverKitty

      How do I learn “presence of mind” regarding a sneak attack? I know I have to be aware of my surroundings, but what else can I practice or ingrain in my thought processes?

  • parlayer

    “Judged by 12 or carried by 6” Bravo, a lesson for all scum who think they know everything. Name the Parking lot after Ryan Moore!!

  • OldDocBen

    What?! He took the law into his own hands? Why not call 911? Oh, yeah; because if you call 911 and wait two hours the police will send someone to find out who killed you. I carry three guns and four knives. What am I afraid of? Nothing except the government coming to help me.

  • mkrockriver

    This is what should happen to someone who tries to Rob you ,the second amenment rite should kick in an allow us to protect ourseleves by using a Gun to protect oursleves and family …stand up and dont let them take this away

  • caskinner

    This would have a different ending if Ryan had not been able to defend himself. Thank God Ryan had a revolver.

  • cool breeze

    if we allow our constitution to become a historical artifact we are done as a people. i swore an oath to my god to protect and defend that document. even if our politicians wont. i will die for something . i wont live to beg for nothing

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