NRA…”Shooter Self Care”

Part of the NRAAM that I’d been most looking forward to was Kelly Grayson’s “Shooter Self Care” class. He’d put a post up on his blog, A Day In the Life of An Ambulance Driver, one morning, saying that he’d be willing to teach a 4-hour class on shooter self-care and first aid. He wanted to limit it to 25 or so. Within 24 hours, he had an overflowing class at 32.

Kelly is a fantastic teacher, and I was delighted to finally be able to attend one of his classes. Although I may be an ER physician, when I’m dealing with gunshot wounds and other emergencies, I do it with the backing of a full trauma center surrounding me. It’s not often that I get a chance for an update on the newest theories and practices of how to handle pre-hospital emergencies.


Medicine is an art as much as anything, so the practice changes over time.
— Tourniquets used to be last-ditch and a “never!” sort of implement; now they’re just about first-line, especially given the advances in vascular surgery and limb repair.
— Basic CPR has changed. There used to be all sorts of ratios between breaths and compressions for 1 and 2 rescuers. Now it’s all compressions, all the time. 100 beats per minute. Hard, fast, and deep. (And if you can’t figure out what 100 beats per minute is, sing “Staying Alive” in your head. Or “Another One Bites the Dust”. They both fit the rhythm.)
— Electricity is key. AEDs are cheap and plentiful and found in many (?most) public places now. And they’re easy to work. I’ve had to use one on a plane before, and THEY WORK.


I think everyone (save one) really enjoyed the class and got a lot out of it. Kelly doesn’t drone on and on as so many lecturers can (and so often do). His slides are well-organized and neat. His pictures were well-chosen and very representative of the injuries that he needed for us to see in order to be able to recognize what may be there out in the real world, should someone be injured by a gunshot at a range. As someone who sees the gunshot wounds that come to the ER, his pictures were hardly over the top in terms of blood and guts, nor were they examples of the worst that can happen out there. He would have done us all a great disservice had he not had the pictures in his lecture, especially when he was trying to demonstrate the differences between “looks ugly but won’t kill you NOW” and “will kill you RIGHT NOW” injuries.

And to the person in the front row who kept interrupting the class by squealing every time a new picture came up on the screen… Erin, put on your big girl panties. You carry a Glock. You run a prepping blog. You own a rifle and write about knives. What good do you think squealing and hiding your face is going to do when that Glock goes off and someone gets hit? What did you think you were going to see in a class titled “Shooter Self Care and First Aid”? Flowers and ponies? Get real. Life is, and it’s not going to stop for you and your precious sensibilities.

P.S. A huge thank you to Larry Weeks and Brownell’s for the snacks and goodies that kept us going during class!

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10 thoughts on “NRA…”Shooter Self Care”

  1. oldnfo

    Yep definite kudos to AD, TOTW and Brownells!!! 🙂

  2. dixie

    Well, we all know that as much as Erin professes to be afraid of attention, he loves and craves it and will do everything he can to get it.

  3. Apparently, rather than post a comment here, Erin chose to post on FB, implying that what I said was akin to making fun of a fat person for exercising.

    Far from it. All that I was suggesting was that the squealing and dramatics that you insisted on going through every time a picture was on the screen was counter-productive to the learning environment, both for you and for every single other person in that class. Each of whom had paid just as much to be there as you had, and who had just as much interest in learning the material as you did.

    I was suggesting that you learn to deal with the reality of such information in a way that wasn’t disruptive to everyone else’s learning.

    If you choose to take that recommendation as my making fun of you, then that’s on you.

    • Murphy's Law

      It was a good class with good people. As for the “little drama”…it was deliberate and meant to be “hey, everyone, look at me” just like the continued over-dramatization self-victimization on FB is. Just consider the source and remember that if and when the real bad times come. Some people get picked last for team sports or shoved over to the other side for a reason.

  4. Larry and Brownell’s are dedicated supporters of not just the firearms community but what I’d describe as the “community of common sense.”

    I am not entirely objective, of course, as they sponsor – year after year – a cause near and dear to my heart, the Second Amendment Foundation (

  5. tamslick

    Brownells as a company is an all-’round class act. I’ve got “Thank You” letters from Frank and Pete hanging on the ‘fridge from a couple of blog posts I mentioned the company in. Both are personal and obviously reactions to what I wrote, not form glurge. That’s like something out of a “Pepperidge Farm Remembers!” commercial; you just don’t get that kind of personal reaction from corporate America anymore.

    I’m not just a customer; I’m an unabashed fan.

  6. You’re right that the class was excellent and informative.

    It was also great meeting you at the convention.

  7. It was a good class indeed, taught by a good guy with good people in attendance…but for one little issue, of course. 😉

  8. THe histrionics were, IMO, just a call for attention. While the pictures were not pretty, they were representative (and I have seen worse at accident scenes, so they weren’t that gross). After the first time, it became somewhat irritating and were obviously a call for attention.

    Really, it was childish. And stupid. And shows why people tend to shy away from associating with folks of his persuasion….. I actually like the guy, but having this behavior in class was disruptive, childish, and irritating.

    You want attention? Wear a tutu in public or something. Want to cry “look at me!”? Do it somewhere where serious people aren’t trying to learn. Squealing like a 13 year old girl time after time is irritating. If you can’t handle it, leave the class.

    Grow up.

    Except for that, the class was terrific.

  9. tooldtowork

    Thank you for the kind comments. I think that the class went very well and I certainly enjoyed assisting with teaching it. Hopefully we can do it again next year and maybe even find other venues where it would be useful.

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