April 2, 2009 began as just another ordinary day for Nicole Goeser…but it quickly deteriorated into every woman’s worst nightmare.
Complying with Tennessee’s state law, Nicole had left her legal firearm locked in her car as she and her husband Ben entered Johnny’s Sports Bar in Nashville (a gun-free zone) for Ben’s Karaoke job.
That’s when Hank Wise, a man who had been stalking Nicole, followed the couple into the restaurant and brutally murdered Ben right in front of Nicole’s eyes.
In an exclusive PolitiChicks.tv interview, Nicole explained:
“I did not realize I was being stalked until the night Ben was murdered. That night was the first time I realized that this man was not just a dedicated Karaoke customer and did not just have a simple crush on me.”
Nicole also described when she noticed Hank Wise followed her into the restaurant that fateful night:
“This man had never been to the Karaoke venue we were working on that night, and it was at this point that I determined he could be trouble. I immediately became concerned realizing this man was indeed stalking me. I told my husband I was going to have management remove him. I went to management and told them I was being stalked and needed the man removed.”
The restaurant manager confronted Hank Wise and told him to leave the premises. But instead of leaving, Wise pulled out his 45 Caliber, came up behind Ben, and shot him in the head. When Ben fell to the ground, Wise stood over him and continued to fire five more rounds into him.
Nicole said the moment she realized Wise was reaching into his jacket to pull out a firearm, her first thought was, “‘Oh my God, I don’t have my gun!’ Once he began firing, I felt completely helpless and in disbelief.”
In this emotional video, Nicole also explained what it was like seeing the love of her life completely lifeless on floor:
“I didn’t want to leave him just laying there on the cold restaurant floor” Nicole said. “I just remember sitting there thinking, ‘I’m never going to get to see my husband again.'”
When Nicole was asked if she believed that Ben’s killer also intended to harm her, she said, “Yes. When the police searched his truck that night they found two more guns, ammo, a baseball bat, binoculars, gloves, rope and a knife. That is no medical kit they found. I do believe he would have done something to harm me.”
In our interview, Nicole explained how she and Ben had met a friend’s Karaoke party at their home in June 2007.
She also talked about her experiences with firearms prior to Ben’s murder:
“I grew up around long rifles as my father was a history buff of the French & Indian War. It was not until I was in my mid-twenties that I really learned about guns & shooting for self defense. I was first trained by a United States Marine Sniper friend at the time. I bought my first gun in 2006. I ended up getting my handgun carry permit in 2008 and my husband bought me a .38 revolver.”
Nicole believes the .38 Revolver Ben had bought for her may have indeed saved his very life. Unfortunately, at that time in Tennessee, a strict gun control measure had prevented Nicole from carrying her Revolver with her into the restaurant that dreadful night. Meanwhile, her stalker didn’t care about that law at all.
In fact, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox also argued:
“That ban on self-protection in restaurants created the ideal environment for a stalker to become a murderer. Imagine the agony of having the one person you love more than anyone else on earth die before your eyes, knowing you could have saved them, knowing you had the means to save them right outside in the car, but the law wouldn’t let you. What kind of law is that?”
When asked why she didn’t actually oppose guns after Ben’s murder, Nicole explained:
“An evil man killed my husband. I don’t blame the gun. A gun is just an object that this sicko decided to use. I blame the murderer and those that legislated me out of my right to protect my family where & when I needed to. I know many good people that own guns and they would never harm anyone unless it was in self- defense. This was just one really demented, sick & evil person that did this to us. Guns can save innocent lives and they are used to save lives everyday. Shame on Ben’s murderer for using a gun in this manner. He has a great deal of time to ponder on his twisted actions sitting in prison for the next few decades. I can only hope he learns a few very hard lessons while locked up like the animal he is.”
In fact, since Ben’s death, Nicole has become a strong spokesperson for the Second Amendment. She even successfully fought to change the very law she believes helped her stalker murder her husband.
According to Examiner:
“She told her story to the Tennessee state legislature in May of 2009 when they were debating HB962, the bill which would allow carry in restaurants which sold alcohol. She has also traveled the country, speaking to state rallies and other legislative committee meetings.
Since her husband was murdered, Tennessee legislators have passed HB962, allowing the carry of handguns in restaurants.”
Mark Walters, Host of Armed American Radio and Author of Lessons from Armed America also commended Nicole for her courageous efforts:
“Denied the ability to carry her gun for self-defense by the state when she and her husband needed it most, Nikki successfully in the wake of her husband’s brutal murder. As a result of her heroic efforts, millions of law-abiding Tennessee residents now have the chance to protect themselves and their loved ones in the places that she was so wrongfully denied. Thank God for American Patriots and freedom fighters like Nikki Goeser.”
When asked what has helped her most in her healing process, Nicole said, “My family & friends have helped me the most. It is still a healing process for me to this day. Time helps heal but the pain is always there in some way.”
Nicole also offered advice to any woman who feels threatened by a stalker:
“Buy a gun, get training on justifiable self-defense, get your handgun carry permit. Tell your friends and family about the stalker and make sure you have situational awareness.”
PolitiChicks.tv is certainly grateful for Nicole’s courageous efforts to defend our Second Amendment rights!