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  1. I did take a look at the injury photos, and I was rather shaken. I've seen just about every injury that a human being can suffer at one point or another. I've even had bilateral above the knee amputation victims, but this was something else. But the worst of it, by far, was the reports of the children's injuries, in addition to the death. Pediatrics and traumatic amputations are two terms that should never go together. I'm speculating, but with what's come out about the crudeness of the devices, flash powder, pressure cookers, and timers, anyone could have built this, and I mean anyone. In th
  2. Seeing the pictures made me really cringe. I wish I could have been there to help. From an EMS response standpoint, here are my thoughts: - The prevalence of lower limb injuries is interesting. This could just be by placement, but it may have been by design as well. - I'd really like to see the PTT/INR stats on some of the victims. Bad guys have been known to pack the shrapnel with warfarin containing pesticide to increase mortality rates. - Hats off to Boston EMS. Wow. Great job. The response will become required MCI reading in the future. - This is the MCI eventuality that a lot of
  3. I never buy the "its the hidden agenda" line. This "hidden agenda" nonsense is something that right-wing pundits made up so people will vote for them and buy the products their sponsors are selling. I've never seen paranoia like this creep into mainstream political ideology, but its scary. Really scary. That guy in Alabama was a prime example of it. Years ago, a heavily armed guy who built a bunker in his backyard and patrolled his land at night would have been a red flag. But that way of thinking has become so mainstream that it didn't even register. We need to end this crap before more peopl
  4. Explain to me this one. The DEA clamps down on certain chemicals and lab equipment that can be used to manufacture illicit drugs. Its not that its impossible to acquire it, its just that it takes a lot of paperwork and accountability to do so. These chemicals and pieces of equipment have a myriad of uses, far more uses than high capacity semi automatic rifles do. Why is it such a big deal to apply the same rules to certain firearms than we do to certain pieces of glassware?
  5. I'm sorry, but I came to the consensus that the only time its acceptable for a man to wear a pink shirt is on the French Riviera. I'll do my part by dangling a bully over the side of a highway overpass like I do every year.
  6. Maybe those brave men who go play paintball on the weekends could tolerate living in caves for a little while, chbare. But as soon as the power gets shut off and they lose wi-fi, they'll find their popular support among their constiuents dropping rather quickly. I'm still waiting to hear how these scenarios would play out. The last time there was a show down with the feds was probably Little Rock, Arkansas. The National Guard was federalized and that was the end of the story. I assure you the civil rights movement was far more divisive then the current debate on firearms, and all that came o
  7. But Dwayne, even the really dubious argument that "I need this much firepower to prevent government tyranny" is ineffectual. You would need a lot more than a Bushmaster to have any chance against a modern government. Things like Javelin missile launchers and anti-satellite missiles would need to be legalized. I've tried to picture in my mind what this doomsday scenario would look like, and really, it had better be over something than whether you can 5 or 10 rounds in your ammo magazine at any given time. What would be the breaking point? Suspension of habeas corpus? Already happened during the
  8. The point I'm trying to make is that in a lot of cases the thing that defends people from corrupt governments is the federal government. The federal government ended slavery. They put Al Capone in jail when Chicago and Illinois couldn't, or rather wouldn't. Its not the federal government scooping up American citizens and throwing them in jail because they look brown, that's Joe Arpaio. The federal government tries to stop things like that. Read up on the New Orleans Police Department. Would you want them being in charge without the DOJ stepping in? What about the financial sector? What happene
  9. Dwayne, I understand your opinion, and Waco was a clusterfuck, but then again, you did have a cult leader inside keeping people prisoner and marrying underage girls. Its not like Janet Reno drove a tank through a church pot-luck. This is the way I look at it. The federal government has had very little to do with my life. Pretty much the only thing they've asked of me is to register for selective service when I turned 18, pay my taxes, and use proper postage. The Federal Government has never cut me off in traffic. The Federal Government has never kept me up at night with their loud parties. I
  10. Let me get this straight about volunteer billing. You provide a service... the organization gets paid for the service... and the people doing the service don't get paid. Heck, the people in China assembling the iPhones at least get a couple of cents an hour.
  11. Here, use your imagination about what this does to an arm, leg, head, lung, hollow, or solid organ: I know any gun shot wound on a child is catastrophic. But again, if 18 of those children weren't transported, it means the wounds were beyond catastrophic.
  12. Here I'll clarify on the .223 round. Relatively speaking, the round itself is not particularly large, but the powder charge is designed to propel it at supersonic speeds. You see, right around the Vietnam war, they realized that a bunch of small bullets flying at high speed presents the best chance of scoring a lethal or neurogenicaly incapacitating wound. In other words, this gun was designed to shoot at something that is shooting back at you. That is there purpose. That is why they were built. That's why they are so deadly. Of those 20 children killed, 18 were pronounced on scene. What type
  13. Chbare, I'm talking about you in particular. I don't know you very well. You're probably a level headed individual who can be trusted with a gun of any sort. I have no doubt about that. But the problem is that a lot of people who have access to firearms aren just like the people I described. Gun owners can't put their blinders on and say those people don't exist, and in significant numbers. They do. Trust me, they do.
  14. Chbare, I've heard all of them for just about every piece of equipment that you could possible strap on to a firearm of any sort. Except for folding stocks, that is. I have yet to hear a practical use for folding stocks except for concealing a large capacity, high power weapon, and the only reason you need to that is if you plan on ambushing someone, which is only appropriate in a combat situation. There is no situation in the civilian realm that a normal, level headed person would need something like that. You know what also cuts down on the noise made by firearms? Earplugs. They're cheaper
  15. Here's my take on this. I grew up on a farm in the country, around various forms of firearms. Part of my medical training is the effects of various firearms and the injuries they cause. Part of my operational training deals with the aftermath of sudden catastrophic events. I have personally dealt with more gunshot wounds than I can remember. So any argument that I'm some sort of limp wristed gun grabbing liberal do-gooder is pretty well null and void. I am not against private firearm ownership. I am against the private ownership of military type firearms, namely, semi-automatic large capacity
  16. The UN is in the United States. New York, to be exact.
  17. If the IAFF continues to insist to put together five paramedics on an engine all who have intubated once in the past 3 years, intubation success rates will continue to suffer. That's about all I can say on the matter.
  18. My $0.02... If the paramedic doesn't want to do 12 leads on people who are less than 3 minutes away from a hospital, well, that's on him. Maybe he has a reason for it. Maybe that center is a PCI center. I don't know your system and I don't know him. But that's his decision. There is no excuse for belittling others in front of family members. You should address that directly with him. Many times people don't even realize they are being belittling and will apologize and change their ways. I get the sense though, that you, much like other people who are a lower level provider assigned to wo
  19. I'm not sure what this all about. My guess is your AG has been smoking out with that federal judge who said that Obama is going to use UN troops to invade and steal your barbecues.
  20. It's entirely possible to do. First of all, not all paramedics do 24 hour shifts. I myself do 12 hour shifts. 24 hour shifts means you'll be away from your family for two to three days. Compare that with the five days a week people are usually away and you see its not that bad. My wife doesn't have a problem with it, then again, my wife has a super-human ability to put up with the amount of shit that I inadvertently track into her life. So long as you don't become an asshole and believe its okay to bang person X because of the "stresses" of your job, you can make a family life work just fine
  21. You know twist, I had this entire response ready to go, ready to explain the difference between hypoxemia in COPD and high flow oxygen in the presence of tissue schema, but I'm giving myself a break, so let me just say, you're really, really wrong. You're so wrong I'm not even going to bother going into detail telling you how wrong you are.
  22. Actually, Richard, Black Talon and "Cop Killer" bullets are at opposite ends of the ballistics spectrum. Black Talons are designed to transfer maximum energy to the target, they do this by mushrooming in a way that creates six or so small, razor sharp points to cut into flesh and bone. The more mushrooming capacity a bullet has, the less likely it is to penetrate body armour. It transmits the bulk of the energy to the first thing it hits. Teflon coated bullets, on the other hand, like military-grade jacketed ammunition is designed to pierce armour. It is designed to keep its ballistic energy
  23. I nearly had my arm broken by a guy on PCP. I didn't file charges, because he was on PCP. This reminds me of a patient I had way back in the dark days when I first started working, doing an inter facility transport for a 16 year old with seizures. They called 911, the police responded first. When they arrived, he was post-ictal and kicked one of them. You could say the officers used more force than necessary in restraining him. You could also say they beat the living shit of him. If you can't manage an AMS patient, find another job.
  24. Hi novice, as an American who moved to Vancouver, I think I can tell you a bit about it. First of all its tough to get permanent resident status in Canada. You can either get it through a family or a skilled worker application. I'm married to a Canadian citizen and it took me about two and a half years from the date of my marriage to get my status in Canada. Unfortunately, the news recently said that Canada was so backed up with skilled worker visas that they basically returned everyone's application and have to start over. If you can get a student visa to study at JIBC, that's really awesome,
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