The responses from my post, “Part I – CCW on duty… and the conversation we SHOULD be having” prompted me to reflect further on the CCW on duty issue.
First, and most shocking to me, is that people read my blog. Lots of people. According to Google Analytics, that post tripled my previous record for daily visits. This means people outside of my peer group and immediate family visited my blog! Shocking! This also means that readers find guns more interesting than the book reviews I’ve been doing. Not so shocking.
Second, several readers suggested that EMS/Fire responders be issued tasers.
@medic60 via Twitter, “Hey I am ok with Tasers for simple assaults. We have a protocol for removing taser probes. Might as well use it.”
cltmedicman via WordPress, “Screw CCW just give me a taser “
My friends, I have something even better! It is EduMedic’s EMS Taser. Why settle for a regular taser when you can have one specifically for healthcare workers? The prototype is still being reviewed by the FDA, but I’m sure they’ll love it. For now, go ahead and send me $10K and I’ll add your name to the list.
Third, a reader believed that the Use-of-Force Continuum was irrelevant to the conversation.
Robert via WordPress, “We are not law enforcement, user of force continuum doesn’t apply to us.”
I respectfully disagree, Robert. As I said in Part I, This is about the conversation we SHOULD be having, not just the mandates. Consider this…
We are not anesthesiologists, yet we learn airway management from them.
We are not lawyers, but we learn documentation best practices from them.
We are not law enforcement, but we can learn from them.
EMS/Fire responders advocating for CCW on duty will be more successful in engaging their employers on this issue if they started the conversation from this perspective. Also remember that a CCW class won’t address evasion and defense of the most common “empty hand” threats.
Are we, as EMS/Fire responders, required to follow the Use-of-Force Continuum? Nope.
Can we benefit by learning from law enforcement about tactics within the Use-of-Force Continuum? You bet your Beretta, we can.