Is This a Front Sight Student?

March 30th, 2009  

I received numerous e-mails from people across the country this week asking if one of our students was involved in a shooting at a Burger King in Miami.

As soon as they described how the even unfolded, I knew the answer…

Here is the news story:

South Florida Hearald

Robber fatally shot in Miami Burger King holdup

A robbery at a Burger King in Miami’s Upper East Side neighborhood left one person dead and another seriously injured.


An afternoon shootout at a busy Burger King restaurant in Miami left a potential robber dead and the customer who shot him seriously wounded.

The bloody event unfolded about 4 p.m. Tuesday at the restaurant at Northeast 54th Street and Biscayne Boulevard. It was a time, employees said, when it is usually crowded with schoolchildren and people getting out of work early.

The robber entered wearing a ski mask. He approached a clerk, showed his gun and demanded money, said Miami police spokesman Jeff Giordano.

A customer eyed him and the two started arguing. The customer had a concealed-weapons permit and his gun — and the two exchanged gunfire.

The robber crumpled to the floor and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The customer, with several gunshot wounds, was in serious but stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

Officers divided witnesses into several groups outside the restaurant to gather information about the incident. Employees waiting to start their shift called friends and family members on their cellphones to pass the time because they were not allowed through the police tape.

“I just hope all my people are OK inside,” said Cynthia Thomas, who has worked at the Burger King for five years. “It is scary.”

Around them, drivers on busy Biscayne Boulevard gawked at the scene.

The area is a prime destination for residents in the Upper East Side neighborhood — featuring Soyka’s restaurant, Sushi Siam and Andiamo Pizza.

I knew this was not a Front Sight student because a Front Sight student would know better than to make such glaring mistakes.

In a robbery, you maintain a low profile by keeping your mouth shut, your eyes open, and position yourself for a quick clean shot. If it appears that nobody is going to get hurt, you let the robber take the money and exit the building. You then keep your distance while keeping your eyes on him so you can be a good witness for the authorities who are on their way.

If at any time you reasonably believe that you or those around you are in IMMEDIATE danger of serious bodily injury or death, you present your concealed weapon and deliver fight stopping hits.

Routinely, Front Sight graduates can deliver two center of mass hits from a concealed holster at conversational distances in less than 2 seconds, which is well under the reaction time of someone intent on robbing a clerk.

Had a Front Sight student been in that Burger King, he would not have brought unnecessary attention to himself by confronting the robber or arguing about anything. He would have kept his mouth shut, slowly maneuvered into a position of safety or advantage and set a mental trigger as to what movement or action by the robber would result delivering two, sighted shots to the robber’s thoracic cavity in about 1.5 seconds!

If the robber did not display the intent to injure anyone, then there would have been no gunfight. Burger King’s insurance would have replaced the few hundred dollars that was stolen and the police would have apprehended the robber after running his license plate and description.

If the robber had shown intent to injure, then the result would have been an incapacitated robber with two or more holes in his chest– who didn’t even see them coming.

Unfortunately, the CCW holder in this case was not Front Sight trained. Although heroic in his attempts, getting shot for hamburger money is not a good exchange in anyone’s mind. He simply has never received the level of training we provide.

I wish the CCW holder had attended a course with us because the outcome would have been much different.

There is a reason why we provide a Four Day Defensive Handgun Course followed by a 30 State CCW course. It is because we want you trained to levels that exceed law enforcement and military standards so that when you have no choice but to use your weapon, the results are as they should be… you standing tall and unscathed and the bad guy piled up in a heap of his own body fluids.

So if you do not have a 30 State Concealed Weapons Permit, the world class training Front Sight provides, or a Springfield Armory XD Pistol, then take advantage of Front Sight’s Greatest Course, Gun and CCW Permit Offer Ever. (Also known as the Millionaire Patriot Offer.)

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Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Founder and Director
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute

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