“One of the things I hear is that people with concealed-carry permits commit more crimes. That’s not true. The true statistic is, just 0.02 percent of concealed-carry people commit violent crimes. The figure among law enforcement officers is 5 percent!”
That is the assessment of Tim Holman, BA, EMT-P, CFO, chief of German Township Fire and EMS in Clark County, OH, who spoke to a large and receptive audience at EMS World Expo on the question: “Is it time to arm our EMTs?”
“My goal was to stimulate discussion and get people to look at both sides of it,” Holman said. “I’m not 100% convinced it’s something we should do. But I think [dangers] are going to get worse out there, and one of the biggest problems we have is denial that there’s a problem. Some people still seem to think we’re not going to have any more attacks, and I’m a firm believer we will. So ultimately my challenge to the class was to keep the discussion going, and let’s figure out what we can do about this.”
EMS World conducted a follow-up chat to further explore the arguments for arming EMS providers.