Deconstructing the Aurora Shooting

Bryan over at the IT’S Tactical blog has a terrific post deconstructing some of the myths, media hype, and reality behind what’s come out so far about the Aurora shooting. This part struck a chord with me:

Something important to ask is whether carrying effective medical equipment to treat gunshot wounds would have saved lives. That’s the first thing that crossed my mind, what if many people in the audience had a pack of Combat Gauze in their back pocket, would they have been able to treat people quickly at the scene until EMS arrived?

As mentioned earlier, the first dispatch was at 12:39 a.m. and shortly thereafter in the audio recordings, you hear an officer ask for permission to take some of the victims by vehicle to the emergency room, as there are no ambulances on scene yet. I’m willing to bet that they didn’t have proper medical equipment in their squad cars to treat people either, but I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

This is what I’ve been preaching for years; when you need it, help isn’t coming. You can just look at typical EMS response times vs. the time it takes for someone to lose enough blood to be beyond saving. Not to mention in a situation Law Enforcement might find themselves in where it’s still to dangerous for EMS to even enter the scene.

At the very least you should get trained in basic First Aid, understanding direct pressure, how to pack a wound and place a tourniquet. Then carry what you need to do so.

Personal protection is about so much more than simply carrying a weapon. If you’re not prepared to deal with the aftermath of a criminal encounter, having a gun doesn’t make you less vulnerable.

You might have a Glock in your pocket, a CCW permit in your wallet, and good-quality ammo in your mags. You might (I hope) have the training under your belt to use those tools effectively. But does your CCW permit share wallet space with a current CPR and first aid certification? Do you have even basic first aid supplies somewhere you could get to them quickly? Don’t ignore this part of your preparation, or you may find yourself winning the battle and losing the war.

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