Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Level Playing Field in Manchester, New Hampshire Edition

Michael Bontaites (Courtesy MPD)

Gun rights advocates often use the quote “God made man, Samuel Colt made them equal.” According to the company’s website, the actual advertising tag line was “Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal.” Either way, it seems particularly appropriate for this case out of New Hampshire where . . .

a diminutive woman who is old enough to qualify for Social Insecurity used her handgun to protect herself. Situational awareness and the willingness to act spelled bad news for the attacker, who was less than half her age and nearly twice her size. From . . .

The woman, who is described as 4-foot-11 inches tall and 105 pounds, was in fear for her safety, police said, so she drew her concealed handgun and shot Bontaites in the upper chest.

The woman, who has a valid concealed carry gun permit, fired one round to stop the attack before seeking a safe zone inside of the building. Bontaites, who is 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, fell to the ground as she ran into the secured building and contacted the Manchester Police Department through the emergency 911 phone line.

Michael Bontaites is in the hospital after being shot in the chest. He’s alleged to have followed the woman from a gas station, then hurriedly approached her before she could enter her apartment. He was attempting to grab her when she shot him. The police have charged him with robbery.

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  1. avatar Hannibal says:

    If this took place in Manchester, England, there would have been a much different result.

    1. avatar JonoPorter says:

      Yeah they would have arrested the woman and put her in jail for the rest of her life. Somehow that is morally Superior.

  2. avatar TXGal says:

    Disparity of size and strength wins the day with a gun.

  3. avatar Jedi Wombat says:

    God bless her, and here’s hoping the thug gets some MRSA and sepsis in the hospital. Chalk one up for the good guys (or little old ladies) with a gun!

    1. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

      A real juicy staph infection is a real possibility.

  4. avatar Another Robert says:

    The way it’s s’pozed to work…

  5. avatar JasonPrime says:

    Now, that’s how you cut the recidivism rate.

  6. avatar jwm says:

    shannon watts would have preferred the 4 foot 11 woman had been unarmed to face her attacker, And no doubt his shooting will be added to the lists of gun violence stats to wave at demanding mommies.

    1. avatar Paul53 says:

      Shannon Watts has armed guards.

      1. avatar Robb says:

        Your point?

        Her guards don’t count because they are trained professionals.

        1. avatar Wade says:

          Don’t forget that Watts lives in a gated community where the only crime is in the banking industry and escort services.

        2. avatar Kevin says:

          Define trained, and define professional.

  7. avatar Harry_the_Horrible says:

    Have no fear of any man
    No matter what his size.
    When danger threatens call on me
    And I will EQUALIZE.

    Colt Firearms advertisement

  8. avatar Ralph says:

    It’s good that the mugger will have some time to consider his life choices and turn things around. I’m thinking 3-5 years.

    1. avatar Special K says:

      I am sure that he was a good kid, a little down on his luck, who had just begun to turn his life around.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        And he helps his landlady take out her garbage.

        1. avatar Timmy! says:

          Yep, every time HE leaves the building.

    2. avatar Brentondadams says:

      You only get 3-5 for attacking an old lady? They should give him 30-50. Plenty of time to think over where exactly he got the idea he could assault the elderly.

  9. avatar rob g says:

    Yeah, he was just trying to ask her for directions to Dartmouth, so he go and check on the status of his application.

  10. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Good for her-bad for him. As it should be…

  11. avatar Joseph Quixote says:

    It would be fitting if she was carrying an old Colt. Good job to her and thank God she was armed.

  12. avatar skiff says:

    Nightmare on Elm Street! (Elm Street, Manchester NH)

  13. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    I’m sure it was all the training that she had which facilitated her defending herself properly with the gun. She’s really a police officer or military I’m sure.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      At 4’11”, I’m guessing that she was a Gurkha.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Nah. If she was a Gurkha that fool would be a head shorter.

  14. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    Clearly, she was carrying a gun because she is a paranoid, racist bigot who is obviously over-compensating for her tiny penis…

    She should have called the police and advocated against violence whilst the two waited for their arrival.

    1. avatar Calvin says:

      No doubt! If she were a real man she would have been able to run and hide and not be such a bully.

  15. avatar Dean Carpenter says:

    We found somebody who can fill that symbolic empty seat for people killed by killers at BHO’s State of the Union speech.

    1. avatar JoeVK says:

      He should just get it over with an call it “state of my ego” address.

  16. avatar Wrightl3 says:

    Happy ending for everyone.

  17. avatar Jacob says:

    Excellent, we don’t know from this report if he was armed but If you go grabbing at old ladies you probably should get shot.

  18. avatar James69 says:

    Prob a damm .22. Wish she had a .44. Scumbag.

    1. avatar FreakinPeanuts says:

      I was wondering how far this discussion would get before someone disparaged a round size. I wish she would have a 20mm!

  19. avatar Bohucka says:

    Score another one for the righteous people of the gun. I would have loved to see the look on his face when he realized he was facing consequences, possibly for the first time ever in his life.

  20. avatar Nedd Ludd says:

    Nice shooting.
    We’re not the ‘Live Free or Die’* state for nothin’.

    Here’s the rest of the nasty looking gang…
    1 arrested, 2 more wanted in connection with Jan. 4 self-defense shooting

    * Origins:
    A toast written by General John Stark, New Hampshire’s most famous soldier of the American Revolutionary War, on July 31, 1809. Poor health forced Stark to decline an invitation to an anniversary reunion of the Battle of Bennington.
    Instead, he sent his toast by letter:
    “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.”

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