In the “New Normal” Society, We All Could Be First Responders

by Jane M. Orient, M.D.

Medical personnel have to have training in CPR, and many other citizens are signing up for classes. This is excellent and may help you save a life if somebody has a heart attack near you. It is, however, useless in situations like Manchester, or the Boston Marathon, or Orlando, or the Brussels Airport, or the one that might be on the news tonight.

Doctors need to check their backpacks. Do you have a proper tourniquet? (Belts don’t work.) Dressing materials to pack a bleeding wound, or seal a sucking chest wound? Do you know how to improvise? These days civilians can get battlefield-type injuries, and bleed to death in minutes from a severed limb. Compact “Blow-Out” kits are available. Civilian training guidelines can be found at

We are very fortunate to live in a society with 9-1-1 responders, but they may not be able to get to victims in a crowded arena, or the police may have to block their entry because of ongoing mayhem. Somebody’s life may depend on you.

Every time there is an incident, we have public mourning, flowers, candles, and exhortations to “come together” and pray for victims and their families. If the perpetrator turns out to be Muslim, as is almost invariable with suicide bombers, we are warned not to succumb to “Islamophobia.” But if he was a white, non-hyphenated American, like the deranged individual who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and a number of others in Tucson, we are warned about “right-wing extremists” allegedly incited by conservative talk-show hosts.

Instead of displays of emotion and virtue signalling, we need seriousness. That includes buying life-saving medical gear and learning to use it. It includes self-defense training, starting with situational awareness. Do you see an unattended bag? A person dressed in inappropriately bulky clothing? And it means demanding accountability from government.

Why is nothing done about known jihadists? There may be 23,000 jihadists in Britain. The one who ran over pedestrian near Westminster Palace and stabbed a police constable to death had been reported as suspicious but was not under active surveillance. Two Muslim suspects were arrested in Minnesota with an arsenal in their car, including bomb-making devices; one has already been released. We know that some Islamic nations fund terrorists, but Western taxpayers might also be contributing. The Manchester bomber may have been using his student loans to fund his terror plot, including trips to Libya to study bomb-making.

With their vast surveillance powers to track every phone conversation and every financial transaction, Western governments have the power to defeat an Islamist invasion whose foot soldiers kill children at concerts. Is it fear of Islamophobia that stops them? A deep respect for religious faith, even if it calls for murdering nonbelievers? (This respect does not carry over to Christian believers who just want to preach and live by the Bible.) Genuine humanitarian concern for refugees fleeing warfare (Muslims but not Christians, and predominantly men of military age)? Or is it something else?

The U.S. court system is a barrier to certain types of law enforcement. Judges are barring President Trump’s attempts to prevent entry of potential terrorists. The Fourth Circuit Court is even creating a right for Muslims not to feel stigmatized—a right that overrides national security considerations.

While jihadists may have faith so strong that it causes them to embrace death, the vast majority of judges and government officials who are enabling and even inviting Islamist terror, and their media allies, do not believe in Allah—or God. They just share a common enemy with the jihadists: Western civilization and American sovereignty. The enemies of America throughout the establishment share a common goal: overturning the American system and seizing the reins of power. They also fund and instigate student riots in protest of free speech, assassinations of police officers, and other types of civil disorder.

American values need CPR. And as American liberty and resources are increasingly bled away by Progressive government policy, more Americans will literally hemorrhage to death in the civil unrest. We need tourniquets both literal and figurative.

Dr. Jane M. Orient, M.D., has appeared on major television and radio networks in the U.S. speaking about issues related to Healthcare Reform.

Dr. Jane Orient is the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a voice for patients’ and physicians’ independence since 1943.

She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness and has been the chairman of the Public Health Committee of the Pima County (Arizona) Medical Society since 1988.

Dr. Jane Orient has been in solo practice of general internal medicine in Tucson since 1981 and is a clinical lecturer in medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Her op-eds have been published in hundreds of local and national newspapers, magazines, internet, followed on major blogs and covered in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Dr. Jane Orient authored YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Health Care, published by Crown; the second through fourth editions of Sapira’s Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; and Sutton’s Law, a novel about where the money is in medicine today.

She is the editor of AAPS News, the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, and Civil Defense Perspectives, and is the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Orient’s position on healthcare reform:

“The Healthcare plan will increase individual health insurance costs, and if the federal government puts price controls on the premiums, the companies will simply have to go out of business. Promises are made, but the Plan will deliver higher costs, more hassles, fewer choices, less innovation, and less patient care.”

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