"Make sure police know the real victim during critical incidents."
I look back to the time when I first decided to carry for self-defense I realize it is a lifestyle. Like a Smartphone, your everyday carry (EDC) makes certain demands on you to where you adjust your life to accommodate it.
What I mean by that is, when smartphones became an attachment to your arm, I'm sure you began carrying spare charging cables and adapters, which you didn't before. Likewise for me, when I flew for business travel--which seemed almost daily--I saw people in the airports no longer vied for the closest seat to the gate but rather the closest seat to an electrical socket. Our priorities and focus changed, and what we carried with us to support our smartphone we accepted as part of the lifestyle. By the way, I quickly learned that if I brought a small travel power strip, I could always get a power socket by sharing a single socket, and I quickly became everyone's friend, but I digress.
So is the case when you have your EDC; you have to begin planning what things you need as part of that lifestyle. Where do you stage your gun when you sleep, and when do you put it on? Do you carry extra magazines or a small medical kit? You start looking at ingress and egress routes in restaurants before you sit down. As much as I can, I choose not to patronize businesses that hate Americans like me and my right to carry.
But after a critical incident, have you considered how you will be able to conspicuously identify yourself to the police when they arrive, so you don't get shot?
If you don't think that is a possible scenario, then I want to introduce you to Michael Lessman (Mike). I met him and Sandy at the ConcelaedCarry.com Second Annual Guardian Conference. Mike is a retired Police Officer/SWAT and fellow US Marine (read his story here).
Mike developed the ACCIID (Armed Citizen Critical Incident Identification) System. He made the "civilian" version of the DSM Safety Banner for LEOs. Here is what I learned from Mike.
My Walther added for scale.
As a law-abiding citizen who carries a concealed weapon, the last thing you want is to be mistakenly identified as the perpetrator in a critical incident. That's where ACCIID comes in. The ACCIID System is a new, innovative way to identify armed citizens/CCW permit holders involved in a critical incident where they may have had to deploy deadly force.
Like a flare gun, the ACCIID system allows you to don a brightly colored identifier to give police, at a glance, who the actual victim is. This simple and inexpensive solution could help avoid friendly fire tragedies.
During the critical incident, the bright orange chest and back indicators will immediately identify you and your location to police arriving on the scene.
How It Works
The ACCIID system consists of two parts - an identification tag worn on the chest and another on the back. The tags are made of high-visibility orange fabric and are held in place with Velcro closures. As a result, they can be easily donned and do not require any special training to use.
In a critical incident, put on the tags and wait for the police to arrive. The bright orange color will immediately identify you as an armed citizen/CCW permit holder involved in a critical incident.
Benefits of Using ACCIID
The benefits of using ACCIID are twofold - first and foremost, it provides law enforcement with an easy way to identify armed citizens/CCW permit holders involved in critical incidents. This can help avoid friendly fire tragedies. Secondly, it gives peace of mind to armed citizens/CCW permit holders by providing them with a way to quickly and easily identify themselves as such to law enforcement.
We recommend adding the ACCIID system to your self-defense arsenal if you're a licensed gun owner. It's an inexpensive solution that could one day save your life or the life of a loved one.
Again for your consideration, check out the ACCIID system. It's a new, innovative way to identify armed citizens/CCW permit holders involved in critical incidents where they may have had to deploy deadly force. Like a flare gun, the ACCIID system allows you to don a brightly colored identifier to give police, at a glance, who the actual victim is. This simple and inexpensive solution could help avoid friendly fire tragedies. We recommend adding the ACCIID system to your self-defense arsenal if you're a licensed gun owner. It's an inexpensive solution that could one day save your life or the life of a loved one.
*I did get a complimentary ACCIID system which I will be using. I was not asked for a review or to write a post. LASR does not receive any compensation if you make a purchase. I believe as part of the 2A Community, we are to share all good news and products that grow our community and make it healthier, and saves lives.