Defenseless Victim Zones

I ran across a statistical analysis done of gun free zones efficiency.  Concealed carry advocates no longer need to rely on hyperbole or semi-rational arguments without data to back up their summarizing statements.  This is a great read by Michael Menkus.

The simple fact of the matter is that police, fire, paramedics are SECOND responders, not first responders.  You are the first responder (or the first victim).  You are the one on scene when the shooting starts, the fire ignites, or the 70 year old man in front of you collapses to his knees clutching his chest and sweating buckets.

It’s not that police, firefighters, and paramedics aren’t sacrificial men and women doing a terribly difficult job day in and out, but the simple fact of the matter is that they are your backup, not your first line of defense or aide.

While you wait for them to arrive to help, whether they are one minute or twenty minutes away, you have to stay alive while you wait or keep someone else alive if you can.

stuff happens

Are you prepared to put down an active shooter at your work?  your school? your church?

Are you prepared to charge into a raging inferno with a fire extinguisher in order to hold back the flames and give others time to flee a burning building?

Are you prepared to clamp down on an arterial bleed with nothing but your hand?  Are you prepared to use your belt as a tourniquet to a coworker that just lost his hand in a high speed lathe?  Are you prepared to dive into a swimming pool and pull out your neighbor’s kid after they cracked their head on the diving board an fell in unconscious?

Do you think I’m being extreme?

What did Christ Himself say was the second-most important command of God?

To love your neighbor as yourself.

How can you say you love your neighbor if you won’t run to their aide in their moment of greatest need?

YOU are the first responder.  The lives of your family, your friends, your coworkers, even strangers walking down the street depend on you being ready and able to come to their aide immediately and not by calling 911, but by rolling up your sleeves and diving into the fray.

If you wait for the backup to arrive, people WILL die.

This former Boy Scout still believes and lives the Scout motto “Be Prepared.”  Do you?

plan B

 

 

 

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