STOP THE BLEEDING – THE OTHER SIDE OF COUNTER TERRORISM
The Orlando Jihad Murders are proving to be another pivotal event for the American people. We see the legislature blaming aspirin for headaches, we see Obama telling everyone that the killers don’t really want to kill anyone and that it was the gun’s fault, and the usual crocodile tears while searching for a band aid by the Eloi of America.
I find it ridiculous, but I don’t laugh about it anymore than we laugh at the same joke told for the tenth time. After the comic element wears off it is simply tiring, predictable, and annoying. An Islamic Terrorist, inspired by a Terror organization motivated around religious goals and facilitated by Obama’s policies, murdered 50 unarmed people. Anymore elaboration on this is simply irrelevant.
I believe completely that today every man and woman is a potential counter terrorist. And since do not know who the terrorist is, or when they might strike, prudence demands that we take a war footing in America. Nobody will come to help us in time so we must accept that we are our only real source of safety. And that safety comes from the ever-present ability to personally kill the terrorist when he reveals himself.
I will restate this – when the event kicks off, an armed man or woman’s focus must be to kill the terrorist. Only by doing that will they insure the safety of the rest of the occupants of the target location. That means that they may have to step over the dead and dying, bypass the wounded, in order to carry out that mission. The mission to be clear is to shoot the terrorist in the face and once he is down, to prevent the triggering of any explosive device, to put three to five additional rounds into his head.
But once the terrorist has been killed, the focus turns to preserving the lives of the injured. From today’s news.
DENVER — America’s doctors are recommending cops, firefighters and the general public be trained to use a highly effective and simple technique to stop bleeding caused by bullet wounds and other injuries — a method widely credited with saving lives on both battlefields and city streets.
The decision by the American Medical Association comes days after a gunman opened fire in an Orlando nightclub in a shooting that killed 49 people. Among the survivors was a bartender whose bleeding was largely stanched by a nursing student using an old method that’s gained new attention: a tourniquet.
I agree with them, but while it may be a simple matter to add a single tourniquet to your everyday carry…maybe an additional two in the personal vehicle, it is unlikely that you will have a dozen with you.
So picture yourself at a location like Orlando.
You see the terrorist walk in with a rifle, and as you set down your Heineken he fires. Like a responsible adult, you ignored the sign that said “No Guns” and carried anyway, even though it was technically against the rules. You did not go there to get plastered incoherent…merely to have a beer with your steak. Knowing what to do you draw your pistol and the red dot settles on the Jihadist’s ear canal. Without a word you press the trigger and the red mist on the other side of his face tells you of your success. Knowing what you know about these events and the prevalence of explosive vests, you approach and fire three more completely justified rounds into the face of the apparent dead terrorist.
Everyone is safe from the terrorist now, but around you are the screams of the wounded. You are surrounded by the dead, the dying, and the wounded.
That brings us to the second mission of the counter terrorist, and that is the preservation of life.
We saw in many of these events, that there are inevitable delays with the police and EMS response. We can debate the reasons for this over and over and not arrive at a cause. Suffice to say that the best laid plans often go wrong. We saw that at the Planned Parenthood Active Shooter in Colorado, and now in Orlando. And the EMS people will not be making any attempts to get in there until the police have secured the place.
In my early SWAT training there was a concept called the Golden Hour. The idea was that if a gunshot victim could be taken to a trauma center within the hour, they would probably survive the injury. The longer we go to the end of that hour and beyond, the less likely that is. So we are killing the terrorist to do two things practically. One is reduce the number of casualties the hospitals and EMS will be saddled with, and two to help insure the Golden Hour for all the victims.
The purpose designed tourniquet is great, but you should also know how to devise a field expedient tourniquet. Tourniquets are made up of two basic parts…the cuff and the windlass. It works by fully encircling an appendage and then closing tightly around it, either by the twisting of the windlass (a stick or something similar that tightens the unit) or by some other mechanical means.
As the tourniquet tightens, it presses the blood vessels (arteries and veins) against the bone causing them to become occluded, thereby stopping the flow of blood to the areas below where the tourniquet is applied. In a “tactical” situation if you have significant bleeding coming from an extremity wound, immediately apply a tourniquet and stop the bleeding soonest!
Apply the tourniquet as high up on the injured extremity as possible to ensure that you occlude all of the bleeding. This practice provides the fastest and easiest extremity hemorrhage control. Any wide and long strip of strong cloth, such as a bandana or torn table cloth can be used as the basis of a tourniquet. And for a windlass things like screwdrivers, flashlights, snap-links, even table forks can be used successfully. At a minimum the material should be twistable and at least 1 inch wide. The material must be long enough to tie around the affected extremity, with some way to secure the windlass.
So for example, in the Orlando Jihad Murder Event, a successful counter terrorist that has now transitioned roles to care for the wounded would have a vast supply of table cloths, table implements, and such material to apply tourniquets to the wounded while the EMS people got into action.
If you think we are being excessive about this, we cannot inquire of the dead, but please go ask the survivors of San Bernadino and Orlando and see what they think.
We live in a time of war.
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