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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Double Tap Edition

“This is like my house, I open up here 6:30 in the morning until 9 o’clock seven days a week for 40 years, this is my house, this is my business.” That’s seventy-year-old Edilberto Fontanez, owner of Eddie’s market in New Haven. He’d already faced down a couple of previous robbery attempts, so when Brandon Mills tried to knock the store over, Fontanez used a little ballistic persuasion to discourage him . . .


Fontanez, behind the counter, grabbed his own gun and fired off two shots. The bullets went through a can in the store and layers of women’s stockings, but did not hit the gunman.

Mills, who is suspected in several robberies in the same Hill neighborhood, was caught moments later by police for which Fontanez is grateful.

So it looks like it’s back to three hots and a cot for Brandon who, at 24, was already a convicted felon.

“These people got the right to carry a gun, they’ve got the right to rob people, they’ve got the right to kill people,” Fontanez said. “What about us? What we got? We’ve gotta have some rights too.”

And you do, Mr. Fontantez. Fortunately. In addition to making a living selling coffee, candy and Klondike Bars, you also have your Second Amendment right to protect yourself and your business using deadly force — despite the best efforts of the civilian disarmament lobby. We know you’ll keep that in mind when casting your vote it a few weeks, right Eddie?


  1. avatar GS650G says:

    Too bad Brandon gets to suck off the taxpayer teat in jail once more.

  2. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    can someome spring for a little trigger time at the range for the owner??

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      I second that, in fact, if there is a public range near him, I’d chip in towards a gift certificate to get him some practice time.

    2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Static practice at ranges is always a good thing. Now we need ranges that can accommodate dynamic practice — a nice skill to have if you are moving during a real defensive event.

    3. avatar Philthegardner says:

      He’s worked 14 and a half hours a day, every day for 40 years. It would be safe to conclude that that is the primary reason for his lack of accuracy.

  3. avatar Michael B. says:

    That criminal is 24? FFS, he looks like he’s in his late 30s. And it’s a shame the owner missed him.

  4. avatar jwm says:

    The owner did just fine. As I was told by my first pistol trainer many,many years ago.

    “What is the object of a gunfight? To survive. Whether the other man lives or dies is unimportant.”

    1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

      Agreed. Rule 3 of a gunfight:

      The fight is over when your adversary is unable or unwilling to continue the attack. How you bring this situation about is up to you, subject to the provisions of Rules 1 and 2.

  5. avatar JoshinGA says:

    So a convicted felon somehow managed to get a gun? You mean to tell me that laws dont stop criminals from getting guns! Preposterous!

    On another note, good for the shop owner. As others have said, shame he missed. We could always do with one less thug in this world.

  6. avatar Adam W says:



  7. avatar Utah_Rob says:

    “The bullets went through a can in the store and layers of women’s stockings, but did not hit the gunman.” Assuming that the stockings were not being worn, Mr. Fontanez did fine.

  8. avatar IdahoPete says:

    You go, Mr. Fontanez! On the other hand, if “the bullets went through a can in the store and layers of women’s stockings, but did not hit the gunman.”, I would recommend that you focus on the front sight and put the front sight in the center of mass of the target. Next time.

    Still, I have to agree – ending the fight is what you are trying to do, and he did end it.

  9. avatar Mark N. says:

    This incident and others that have recently been in the news suggest that most wannabe armed robbers will cut and run if fired upon.

  10. avatar DerryM says:

    Good for you, Mr. Fontanez!

  11. avatar mikeb302000 says:

    “We know you’ll keep that in mind when casting your vote it a few weeks, right Eddie?”

    What a laugh. You guys are sucking so badly you have to put your hopes in Romney. You gun rights fanatics, like the conservatives and Republicans, are stuck with a piss-poor standard bearer. You deserve it.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Who’s the Prime Minister in Italy right now? How’s that working out for you? If not well, just wait a few minutes . . .

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