He started out with mindset. You hear many trainers discuss this and he covered the aspects of preparing yourself mentally for a time when you might have to defend yourself; I think almost everyone who carries, has already done this. Then as he discussed the law and moral/ethical considerations, I was actually surprised by the number of odd reactions in the room to some of the things he said. The most interesting was when he said simply just because you can legally shoot someone doesn't mean you should. A lot of folks were of the mindset that if someone is in their house they are going to shoot first and ask questions later, which kinda surprised me, although people say a lot of things that they really don't mean.
The speaker brought up some good points based on some of the "if they're in my house" responses.
- If you haven't identified your intruder because you can't see in the dark (have a good flashlight), how do you know who it is and what their intentions truly are. This could be an elderly person with dementia; it could be a neighbor trying to get help or even one of your own family members. In many of those cases you would be within the law to shoot, but could you really live with yourself after?
- Once you shoot, the police are going to go through everything in your house; it's now a crime scene, so you better not have anything that you don't want officer friendly finding.
- You will end up paying for the damage in your house out of your own pocket. Not just holes in the walls, but consider that the person you shot is most likely going to leak all kinds of nasty stuff (Not just blood) into your carpet and even the floor underneath, and you will need to pay a haz-mat service to deal with that.
- You will almost definitely be paying for a lawyer, even if no charges are filed; and of course there is a good chance that you will need to defend yourself in civil court.
I guess the only thing in this list that I hadn't really thought about, is the local PD rummaging through our personal stuff. Not that they would find much, but I'm sure they would give it the o'l college try! It is our home and that thought does give me the creeps.
One of the first things that he mentioned that stood out was that he believes that the training world concentrates too much on the sword, and not enough on the shield; the shield being emergency or tactical medicine. You carry a firearm for protection, but there is a very good chance that you or someone you are protecting could be injured during an incident. Regardless of whether you carry or not his view was that you have a moral obligation to have enough training and forethought to render aid if needed. People that are present and should be able to render basic first aid are often not trained, and are more often than not in shock and can't function; again because they haven't come to terms mentally with the possibility of a nasty injury, due to an accident or gunshot and just aren't prepared.
He pointed out an example that made a lot of sense. We are driving along, all prepared, as a responsible citizen should be, we have our firearm, our light, pocket/rescue knife, fire extinguisher and we are wearing our seat belt, we come upon a car accident; are we really prepared to render help until the ambulance arrives?
I believe the reason he gave the talk was to drum up some business for a three day class he's working on which will be composed of one day each, classroom, medicine and range skills. While he is a trained EMT he was actually looking to get some guys who specialize in tactical medicine to give the medical training.
I'd love to take a trauma medicine class but I've never found one locally. If I can find the time I'll give it a whirl. I will also post a schedule when it becomes available.