There are several things that have always been required of a responsible individual. You’re the person that acquires food and shelter, provides security from outside threats, and safety – for example being prepared for a traumatic medical emergency. As a group, the Wire’s reader focus heavy on firearms use for defense – and other “fun” applications. Just as important, or possibly more so, is the ability to deal with medical emergencies.
As humans became more civilized, living in larger groups for obvious advantages, individuals began to shift their responsibilities to “specialists” – if make money to buy food, you don’t have to gather or hunt. Armed professionals provide security, both domestically and internationally. Safety – when you need emergency medical assistance, you call and help will arrive. Only now, as things become more “civilized” – an increase in violence and the latest “protests” - we’re discovering assistance may take a while. During a medical emergency – if you don’t do something right now someone dies - time is a precious commodity.
The riots have completely blocked the streets. The system is overwhelmed with calls; emergency personnel may arrive in a timely fashion. Heavy gunfire is preventing any response. In other words, “It’s up to you.” The knowledge, skills and gear necessary to deal with a trauma emergency are not that complicated. The fundamentals are (1) stop the bleeding, (2) keep them breathing and (3) prevent them from going into shock.