After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed and 546 were injured, national debates were sparked off, mostly regarding gun control. The same thing happened after subsequent shootings, like the ones in Sutherland Springs or Rancho Tehama Reserve. There always seems to be a knee-jerk reaction, but nothing much really happens in the long run.

The same could be said in regards to preparing for such incidents to happen. Programs like Stop the Bleed have popped up nation-wide in an effort to train civilians in the basics of bleeding control, and just after a shooting, the program’s popularity would increase drastically. Politics aside, everyone can agree that these skills are absolutely necessary, and yet as time goes on and people begin to feel safe again, their desire to go out-of-the-way to attend one of these free classes begins to wane.

In the military, training doesn’t start after a deployment. It doesn’t start during a deployment either, that wouldn’t make sense. It quite obviously happens before a deployment — before anyone goes to war, it follows that they ought to endow them with the tools to be successful. In the same spirit, if the average person wants to prepare themselves for the next tragic event, they need to go to one of the Stop the Bleed programs before tragedy strikes again.

That means now, when all is relatively quiet.