Unfortunately, the recent shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas and Las Vegas are a continuation of a pattern in the United States. There has been a sharp increase in mass shootings since the early 2000’s. According to a report released by the FBI, 486 people were killed in mass shootings between 2000-2013 and over 75% of those deaths were from the latter half of the study (2007-2013). More specifically, from 2000-2006 there was an average of 6.4 mass shootings annually, but from 2007-2013 that number rose to an average of 16.4. The results of the FBI study indicate that the mass shooting rates are rising every year. In the year 2016 alone, there were 20 mass shootings. Many of these were in open spaces, but others were in schools, residences, entertainment venues, and government institutions. In the Las Vegas shooting, 58 people were killed and 489 were injured.
It is not just mass shootings we need to be aware of, gun violence overall has had a steady increase within recent years. In 2016 there were over 58,000 incidents of gun violence and over 15,000 deaths because of gun violence. As of October 30th, 2017, there have been over 51,000 incidents of gun violence this year.
This data is not meant to keep you from ever wanting to go outside again. You are probably already reminded of gun violence every time you turn on the news. The purpose of these statistics is to show that gun violence is not that uncommon in America and to feel more secure, you should prepare yourself for an incident just in case. Learn what to do for if you are ever involved in a shooting and be prepared with the supplies that are needed. Whether you are preparing a school, a government building, an office, a store, a home, or any other place a shooting could occur (anywhere), you could end up saving lives by thinking in advance and preparing yourself for the worst.
With more and more incidents of mass shootings every year, it is imperative that people (not just trained professionals, but regular members of the community) are ready to respond to these incidents. Unlike hurricanes and tornadoes, we do not get warnings for shootings. Being prepared with a gunshot trauma kit could be the difference between life and death for yourself and other people.
The purpose of preparedness kits for shootings are to stabilize injured and shot casualties until trained emergency personnel can arrive on the scene. The kits should have all the supplies needed to stop an injured person from bleeding to death before they can get the medical attention they need. Whether it is for cleaning and bandaging an open wound, stopping extreme bleeding, or keeping bodies warm, having a gunshot preparedness kit can keep injured people alive. The kits address the critical window of time that can save lives during an active shooting, terrorist attack, or other emergency. Active shooter incidents are typically unpredictable and unravel quickly. In these situations, anyone can play an integral role in minimizing the impact of the incident. Whether or not you are a trained responder, it is important for the whole community to be able to respond to shootings.
What supplies could save someone’s life after a shooting, but before EMS arrive? After getting feedback from customers and the general public, LifeSecure developed a checklist for what should go in Gunshot Trauma Kit.
- Gloves to wear gloves when treating a wound
- EMT Scissors for cutting clothing and bandages
For Stopping Bleeding:
- Blood-clotting gauze
- Bandages of all different sizes
- Large trauma pads
- Self-adherent wrap
- Tourniquets- devices used to help stop the blood flow through a vein or artery, especially for bleeding limbs
- A permanent marker for writing the time and date of the tourniquet application on the casualty.
For Chest Wounds:
- Petroleum Gauze
- Emergency Thermal Blankets
- Moist towelettes
- Biohazard bags
The chances of being involved in a gunshot incident may be low, but it is happening every day. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and others for an incident by getting a gunshot preparedness kit. Do not live your life being afraid of what could happen to you and your family, live every day feeling secure and prepared for anything to happen.