As more and more information is distributed about the Parkland shooting, it becomes evident that those blaming the NRA, were incompetent in their response to mitigate the situation. By blaming the NRA it takes the heat off those who were inept.
Today the Firehouse Magazine reported that “Paramedics asked six times and were denied permission to enter the Parkland High School where students lay wounded and dying on February 14.”
Every time Michael McNally, deputy chief for Coral Springs Fire Rescue asked to deploy the two Rescue Task Force teams, the Broward Sheriff’s Office captain in charge of the scene, Jan Jordan, said no. Even after the shooter had been arrested, the rescue team was denied entry.
(And it is not acceptable to say the scene was not safe. For fire and Ems there is no such thing as a safe scene. Any scene can go bad. We train for bad situations. If you are not willing to be aggressive in the care of the patient then stay in the station. Our world has changed and we need to change with it.)
How many students could have been saved? Statistics indicate that over 50% of the victims of an active shooter die due to blood loss. Two rescue team are ready to enter the scene to do their best to save lives and the inept incident commander refuses to allow them to do that which they are trained.
So now we know the resource officer and the incident commander failed to act. It will never be known if the paramedics would have changed the outcome. But they were never given the opportunity to try.
The accusations against Dana Loesch and the NRA are clearly used to take the heat off the incompetent way this scene was managed. It’s easy to blame the gun, the NRA and the government. The credibility of the accusers is certainly suspect given the negligence shown in their handling of this crisis.
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invite ruin.