Chicago is putting bleeding control kits around the city to combat the rise in gun violence.
The city is installing 426 kits in 269 buildings, including City Hall and the Chicago Public Library.
Chicago has so far reported 2,688 shootings in 2021, an 11 percent increase from the previous year, as well as 602 murders, an increase of four percent.
Each $500 kit comes with a tourniquet, gauze, scissors, gloves, and an instruction manual on how to best use it in cases of “life-threatening bleeding emergencies.”
It can be used to treat true victims who have been injured by falls, stabbings, gunshot wounds and more.
The program is initiated by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“We’re living in different times,” OEMC executive director Rich Guidis told NBC Chicago.
“And we’re doing our best to adapt to the environment we’re living in.”
And he added: “It’s another layer of protection and protection. There are also eight tourniquets and gauze in the box, so it’s basically there to stop the bleeding.”
Some social media users had ridiculed the introduction of the kit.
“Painful health care for dummies. Treating gunshot wounds is a DIY practice in Chicago,” wrote one Twitter user.
“I wonder how many victims are bleeding? Is it useful? Are we on our own?” Tweeted another.
Former President Barack Obama earlier this week called for gun reform after a surge in violence in the city where his presidential library is being built.
“Chicago Can’t Solve the Gun Problem Alone,” Obama Said good Morning America As he urged Congress to pass “common sense gun safety measures.”
Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown announced in July a new strategy to tackle gun violence, including an effort to prevent illegal guns from entering the city.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Chicago