The Best Defense by Robert A. Waters

Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2000

This book recounting true stories of intended victims who defended themselves with firearms is a must read for the millions of Americans who own firearms for self-protection.

In addition to the fascinating human interest stories contained in this book, heroic tales of individual citizens defending themselves with firearms (as well as interesting stories of shop owners, bankers, etc. defending themselves in the workplace), it also has cliffhanging stories of citizens defending themselves and their families against serial killers and sundry vicious predators, stalkers, etc.

While these easy to read chapters make gripping stories, they also provide didactic lessons in citizen self-protection, factual information on why law-abiding citizens must be capable of protecting themselves and their families from vicious predators and criminals, because, as these stories clearly demonstrate, the police simply cannot be there to protect every citizen every time a crime occurs.

Some of the other valuable lessons we learn:

o Why a father (and sometimes a mother) must be able to defend the home and family.

o Why a private citizen may need heavy fire power with high capacity magazines and even the semiautomatic, so-called assault weapons to protect not only himself but help the police in times of crisis.

o Why a woman defending herself against a robber in her own home may need a high caliber gun to protect herself from a large, determined assailant.

o Why a couple doing business in a thriving community and tourist city like Orlando, Florida may be unexpectedly attacked by thugs and have to defend themselves to protect their lives and property.

o Why concealed carry laws are needed in states that don't have them.

o Why proper gun training and safety may be lifesaving.

The dramatic denouement chapter, "The Last Ride of the Dixie Mafia" keeps you at the edge of your seat.

The book should be read not only by all citizens who own firearms for self- and family protection, but also by those who don't - particularly, gun-banning politicians who believe the Second Amendment is outdated and intended only for duck hunters.

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D. is Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), and author of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995) and Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997), and

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