This post is well below your usual standards regarding data and analysis. You certainly wouldn’t use statements such as,
The police have psychological screening, but for EMS the only screening seems to be to have failed the police psych exam.
in any other context regarding EMS, but you feel free to use such gratuitous insults regarding EMS providers when it comes to something that you don’t favor.
When did TOTWTYTR become a stranger to sarcasm?
If TOTWTYTR wishes to contradict me, he can provide his own sarcasm.
Another job that EMS often considers as an alternative to EMS is nursing. If I made a comment about intubation not making EMS better than nurses, would that also be offensive?
It certainly undermines your credibility when it comes to your other declarative statements about EMS, providers, physicians, and medical control.
Please explain how sarcasm undermines credibility. After all, TOTWTYTR never uses sarcasm to make a point./
Statistically civilian gun owners are safer at handling their firearms than are police officers. Most police officers are not “gun people” and many that I know view having a firearm as a liability. On the other hand, civilian gun owners spend a lot of time practicing and especially practicing safe handling of their firearms.
People in EMS are not civilians any more than police are civilians.
We are uniformed emergency personnel. The uniform is a bit of a clue.
Why do we think we won’t be donating our weapons to the people we want to protect ourselves from?
There is no data to support the long spoken lie that civilians will always have guns taken away from them by criminals. Another myth you are perpetuating with this post.
I did not mistakenly call EMS civilians, TOTWTYTR did.
I did not state that this would always, or even frequently, happen.
The fear of being shot/stabbed appears to be due to a lack of understanding.
Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
Where are the shot/stabbed LODDs (Line Of Duty Deaths)?
This is just another example of the thinking that comes up with –
If it saves just one life . . . .
We ignore unintended consequences in our focus on potential murders.
I do not know of any evidence that EMS is any more likely to use a weapon on an attacker than have their own weapons used on them.
Please provide some of the facts you claim contradict the question I asked.
Of course, TOTWTYTR‘s partner will be able to conceal a firearm and still have ready access to it in a confined environment.
Of course, TOTWTYTR‘s partner will be able to shoot only the bad people and would never fire a round through a wall, or a door, or a window.
All of the sharpshooters in EMS are above average shots.
If nothing else, we always choose the best places to draw our weapons.
I guess facts are only important when it’s something you believe in. Noted for future reference.
Show me some research on EMS being shot at.
I made a sarcastic comment and I asked a question. I did not present them as facts.
In TOTWTYTR‘s eyes, that reflects on the research I cite and the commentary I provide on that research?
Please provide some evidence of EMS (not tactical EMS) preventing murders by carrying weapons.
Please provide some evidence of EMS firing shots safely when attacked by people presenting a genuine threat. Tactical EMS does not count, because I have not suggested that they not carry weapons.
Complaining that I do not provide citations for sarcasm is just plain silly. However, I did not notice TOTWTYTR providing any facts.
Go listen to the discussion on the EMS Office Hours podcast – Arming EMS – Defensive or Simply Offensive.