By: Ricky Casner
In light of my last two posts, regarding disarming a gunman and the use of man-marking rounds in firearms training, it would be negligence on my part to not discuss what will happen in the aftermath of an actual shooting.
A few years back, while traveling on the freeway, I passed a billboard that looked something like this:
Although one might disagree with the stricter gun laws the billboard creator was advocating5, the message is no less true.
To be most accurate, however, I think the script should be flipped: “Traumatic injuries leave holes.” Traumatic injury can happen at any time to anyone, it does not require a bullet or a gun. Because of this, medical training is far more frequently utilized in life than firearms training4.
Yet, if one is involved in a shooting incident, traumatic injury will likely result. Self-defense situations and shootings in general are messy and chaotic. Those who have participated in force-on-force training can attest to the shock they receive in training when they find that they did not come out unscathed as they had planned. This training has reinforced their desire to also obtain adequate medical training to treat traumatic injuries.
Please enjoy these three videos illustrating these concepts.
- In the first video, Active Self Protection (ASP) illustrates three important skills one needs to attain for adequate self-preservation: disarming, ground fighting, and medical training1.
- The second video illustrates how one’s careless operation of a firearm can affect untold lives. Watch as a female exits the vehicle holding her shoulder following the shooting. The “hero” shooter gave no thought for her well-being but only saw his blind hatred for another person. Also, notice the innocent people in danger as the shooting progresses3.
- In the third video, ASP again illustrates the need for medical training whether or not you carry a firearm2.
I pray that everyone who reads this post will take the entirety of their life-preservation training seriously. This means that they will participate in training that will save lives, not destroy them. In all aspects of life, we need to be a force for good and wise stewards of the lives that have been entrusted to us. Let us mend the “holes” created by those irresponsible few. To save a life, it may be necessary to take another, however, we must remember that every bullet we send down a barrel may have a name and a life attached to it. Therefore, become proficient in the use of your firearm and in your medical skills.
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Also, follow the links in the text to make these important skills a strength to you and those you love.
- Active Self Protection. (2016, August 3). Clerk shoots armed robber with his own gun. Retrieved 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9ukLsYs2zY
- Active Self Protection. (2016, December 17). Mugging turns into shooting. Retrieved 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7OjC9Ix7I4
- BadSeedProduction. (2016, August 22). Shooting at Atlanta gas station. Retrieved 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RH4V-Hkcv8
- Needs, J. (n.d.). Are you ready to carry a defensive firearm? Retrieved January 16, 2017, from Personal Defense Network: https://www.personaldefensenetwork.com/article/ready-carry-defensive-firearm/?utm_content=buffer3c06e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
- Rosenthal, J. (2014, December 28). Bullets leave holes. Retrieved 2017, from The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-rosenthal/gun-violence-deaths_b_6061566.html
About Ricky Casner
In 2008, following a two year ecclesiastical mission, Ricky chose to focus his professional endeavors on firearms and firearms education. In 2010, Ricky graduated from the Colorado School of Trades with an associate degree in Gunsmithing. Since that time, Ricky has practiced as a gunsmith, built machine guns for foreign and domestic militaries, and owned and operated a Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) business in Colorado. Currently, Ricky is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Idaho in Recreation, Tourism, and Sports Management and is the Marketing Director for Forward Movement Training Center in Meridian, Idaho.