Aug 21

Should firearms instructors make CPR training part of their curriculum?


Though gun owners are perceived as being single-issue voters, there is a great deal gun owners have in common with mainstream America; shared values perhaps more than any other demographic. With this in mind, should handgun safety instructors offer a Citizen CPR Course as part of their program for a better voter turnout in the mid-term?

My vote is yes. The messaging which is in part what Americans are waiting to hear from someone on 2016 issues can be organized from the liberty community. When 10 million adults decide to become 10 million gun owners, it’s time to develop a path to reaching the balance of the electorate. This is done best by exhibiting not things about guns, but exactly what the two blocs already have in common and the two reinforcing each other for a larger voting bloc.

The national conversation on guns so far has been useless as each side has found no way to bridge the gulf and move the other side one inch. That should not be the purpose of the conversation;  the solution is not in guns at all, but personal independence. This means forgetting about educating the left and concentrating on the remainder of the electorate who are presently worried about their own concerns.  They see no connection of gun control to the very worries which torment them. In 1979, the master feature of training millions of laymen in CPR was a greater personal independence in order to make a difference in an emergency; how physicians and attorneys were persuaded to bless this new movement is useful today in regaining independence and it is the substance of The CPR Corollary.


You might say that we have already had this conversation on guns when we moved to train millions in Citizen CPR in 1979. In being a part of that movement, I know that the objections to training laymen then are identical to objections today to guns on campus, concealed carry and registration of handguns. The point of the Corollary is to show how and where our responses to those questions in 1979 are to be our responses we give the same questions in 2015 and 2016.

Why should handgun safety instructors make CPR part of their course? Why this topic? What does this have to do with gun rights? Re-frame the question: ask what do guns have to do with personal independence and you might find a lot more Americans are all on the same page; the subject is not guns, but independence. A diminishing personal independence is now a mainstream issue more than ever before, and getting it back is a mainstream concern in 2016.

The purpose of making a CPR course part of a firearms course is an outreach to non-gun owners with an added value announcement. The purpose of the outreach is to stop trying to battle anti-gun people and to reach the balance of the electorate who have their own problems: it creates the contact point chance to show them how solving our problem solves their problems.

The first order of business is to show that gun ownership and CPR training are entirely consistent in the mind of the gun owner; the public should know this and recognize themselves in decency and caring. The shared values of saving a life in the absence of first responders, doing the right thing technically and morally with knowledge, the willingness to get involved with all appropriate authority, and the fact that there is no one else all add up to a person welcomed in any community. It enhances independence.

The CPR Corollary is not about the armed citizen saving lives (not entirely), but how the national conversation on guns has already been conducted in the national conversation on training millions of laymen in Project Citizen CPR in 1979. The interrogatories were the same as today about guns on campus, for instance. And the answers of today (2015) must be the same as they were in 1979.

Voter turnout is always a problem, and 2016 it is vital. Motivating gun owners and non-gun owners to come together has been like herding cats! A path and benefits must be shown. A connectivity between everyone of such shared values is the only bond that can motivate turnout of both for the very same shared issues. A life-saving course added to handgun courses can showcase what has actually been gun owner life-saving attitudes all along. Many gun owners view their CPR training as part of their societal obligations as much as gun ownership.

A rangemaster or instructor could easily make mention in all media opportunities of their CPR training to go with any firearm course announcements they make. There are CPR Instructors in every city who would love to be a part of your organization for an extremely reasonable fee. I know many rangemasters are already pretty booked and handgun courses locked in, and I know that Prepper training includes CPR and First-aid, but there are benefits to be enjoyed upon announcing the half-day CPR training module for all new handgun safety students though your entire curriculum has always been strictly firearms-oriented. The new curriculum is now a little more shared values oriented.

Meanwhile, graduates would be a new quality of good will ambassador. Follow-up press releases can make mention of newly certified graduates without releasing names and faces. You can think of your own ideas. It should become a fixture in the sidebar of every second amendment newsletter and web page list of courses, etc, etc. You can imagine a media presence, an exhibit booth at non-firearms events, and more interviews.

Make mention of the fact that your CPR course is not the short-form, hands-only course, but the full course as taught Healthcare Providers. Every good CPR instructor is able to offer it. It’s the way I taught it, it’s the way it ought to be: thorough.

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