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The way Jonathan sees it, “if you carry the power to take a life (M&P) you better carry the power to save a life (med kit).” Fair enough. Check out his Everyday Carry essentials below . . .

  1. olight sr10
  2. relic wallet
  3. smith & wesson m&p 9mm
  4. WH TACTICAL EDC Pocket Trauma Kit
  5. readyman wilderness survival card

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  1. Always good to see someone carrying medical kit around. You’re a lot more likely to need it than you are to need a firearm, and I’ve always been somewhat stymied that someone would carry one and not the other.

      • If you were on the side of the road, post car accident, watching your child bleed out, would you sit there pondering your lack of EMT status and the possible legal ramifications?

        • Keeping a first aid kit in a car for yourself and family, good idea. Trying to administer first aid to a stranger without credentials, bad idea. Unless, of course, you wish to be sued by a family member of the victim because they died while in your care, and you have no way to prove you didn’t cause it.

        • My first aid is for me and mine and my guns are for me and mine.

          Y’all motherf*ckers are on your own.

        • 1) that’s state by state
          2) it gets asserted in court, and if you go to court you’ve already probably lost plenty (much like self-defense can end up going to court even if you’re found not guilty)

      • Take a red cross first aid and cpr course. The skills you will learn are priceless. The good Samaritan law covers all people rendering aid at their level of training, so if you get certified and only render aid to that level of certification you WILL be fine legally.

      • I’m a paramedic, and as a trained/certified emergency medical services provider I’m actually at significantly more legal risk should I choose to render aid off-duty than an untrained civilian would be. Good Samaritan laws, while they vary from state to state (much like CCW and use-of-force laws) generally say that a bystander who provides reasonable aid to their level of (non)training is immune from repercussions, both criminal and civil.

        There’s also a nonzero chance if you get into a violent encounter with somebody that you’ll need to render self-aid. Not to mention the possibility for needing it if you work with power tools, drive a vehicle, or like to go hiking.

        A tourniquet, Israeli or Olaes bandage, and some z-fold or combat gauze fit into about the same space as a large wallet, weigh less than a sidearm, and can save your or someone else’s life in an emergency, violent or not. They’re very simple to train on and people can be taught to use them effectively in under an hour. Again, it’s nonsensical to me how many of us spend a great deal of time, money, and effort preparing for a gunfight, but very little preparing to survive or help out in the aftermath.

  2. I carry a first aid kit in my truck and in my computer bag when I fly..

    The big reason it’s not on my person is size. Too big to be convenient.

    Not an excuse – just my reason.

  3. Well you most likely would need it for yourself or family member , just going by who,one is around the most. As far as others you’re protected by the Good Samaritan laws should you decide to help another. Plus direct pressure with a clotting agent is not an advanced skill.

  4. Has anyone here ever field-tested that survival card? I’d like to know if those arrowheads and fish hooks are actually serviceable.

  5. “if you carry the power to take a life (M&P) you better carry the power to save a life (med kit).”

    Nah. While I do carry some medical supplies in my car (where I don’t actually have to ‘carry’ them) I’m not going to stuff my pockets with stuff unless I’m in the wilderness or somewhere else I won’t be able to get EMS.

    If I shoot somebody I’m doing so to distract them long enough that I can GTFO. I’m not playing doctor when for all I know the bad guy’s buddy might come around the corner next.

  6. When you are as broke as Obama has made many of us, you don’t have to worry about being sued for trying to help someone. Also you don’t have to spend piles of money on special first aid items. Just catch your wife/daughter not looking and grab some tampons or napkins. That is why the material was originally designed, blood control in combat.

    • Glad to see the old wives’ tales going strong here. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Tourniquets, compression bandages, gauze and occlusive dressings are proper tools that can save a life. If you’ve spent $600+ on a carry setup and it doesn’t include some of these items for home/vehicle/work, you’re wrong.

      Get proper basic trauma training. Get the right tools. If nothing else, you can save yourself.

      Check out “TCCC” on your favorite search engine for more.

  7. Carrying a trauma kit is a great idea. However, I won’t be wasting mine on the guy who tried to kill me and failed.


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