Police have no identified and are searching for two suspects in the mass shooting that took place this morning around 1:30 AM in Austin, TX.
In a press conference, Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said that this does appear to be an isolated incident between two parties.
Details are pretty scarce at this point other than the fact that officers and EMS arrived on the scene very quickly and started providing medical care to the wounded.
And that’s something that stood out to me which I’d like to make a point about. Chacon said:
“They were able to immediately begin life-saving measures for many of these patients, including applications of tourniquets; applications of chest seals and other types of first aid equipment.”
So if you are reading this, I assume you most likely have a concealed carry license and carry concealed. But do you carry a tourniquet and other trauma supplies like chest seals, gauze, and a hemostatic agent? If not, you really should be. You’re way more likely to need a trauma kit than your gun.
Personally, 99% of the time, I have a trauma kit, either one me or within reach. On-body could be using an ankle first aid kit or at the least a tourniquet throw in my pocket. As for off-body, EVERY one of my bags has a trauma kit in it, or I’ll transfer one to it if it doesn’t. I have a few bags that I regularly use, depending on what I’m doing. Am I bringing my camera gear? Then I’m using my camera bag. Don’t need all that? Then I’ll use my Vertx Ready Pack 2.0 (Save 20% | Coupon Code: USACARRY). I use those two so often that there’s a trauma kit in each one. When I am in my truck, I’ve got a trauma kit directly above me velcroed to my sunroof.
What is in my trauma kit? Probably the same as most, but here’s what I carry:
But it isn’t enough to just carry a trauma kit. You need to know how to use it. So at the very least, go take a Stop the Bleed class. But I recommend everyone who is carrying a gun go out and get TCCC certified. Learn how to use your equipment.
Stay Armed. Stay Prepared.