The George Soroses and Chicago mayors of the world – the people who don’t want ordinary people to even own defensive firearms – have phalanxes of bodyguards. Us po’ folks are on our own. We have to be our own bodyguards, for ourselves and our loved ones.
It follows that we could benefit from knowing what bodyguards know. The leading private sector bodyguard school has long been ESI, Executive Security International, founded and still led by Bob Duggan.
ESI is hosting a seminar on the weekend of August 6 and 7, 2011 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Attendees will hear from Elijah Shaw, who provides protective services to a constellation of stars and celebrities. What he knows would be invaluable to any stalking or harassment victim, or anyone protecting such a potential victim.
Security in the wake of natural disasters is a concern much on point today, and Chris Parkerson specializes in that. He’ll be lecturing at the event also, as part of a roundtable that will include Craig Gundry of Critical Intervention Services, and David Dick, who Duggan points out “was a First Responder at 9/11, Japan’s Tsunami and the Joplin, MO tornado.”
Daniel Johnson specializes in preventing and dealing with extortion, kidnapping, and even piracy. He and his team have had a part in resolving more than a hundred such events around the world. He’ll be teaching, along with security expert Pete Dordal. I’ll be lecturing on things to watch out for in the legal aftermath of using force to protect others.
It's going to be another great conference! The Association Board of Directors has worked hard to put together the presentations and workshops that have been the hallmark of our conferences. In 2008, the Keynote Speakers included renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Park Dietz, graduate forensic consultant, David Nichter, and Jesse Silva, Director of Surveillance at Paris and Bally's casinos. In 2009, the Annual Executive Protection Conference, the Keynote speakers were John Wiseman, author of the Rogue Warriors series, Tom Taylor, Special Projects Advisor for Gavin de Becker & Associates and former Missouri Governor's Director of Security. In 2010, Mr. Tony Scotti along with other professionals from the security industry including, Dan Johnson, Pete Dordal and Chuck Mauldin sat on a panel to discuss the security issue that Mexico is facing due to the drug cartels and the impact that it is having on the US. It was a fantastic discussion and left everyone wanting more. As you can see the conference just keeps getting better and better. We look forward to 2011 continuing this tradition.Info is available at http://www.esi-lifeforce.com/alumni-association/alumni-association/alumni-association.html . Ironically, due to Caesar’s Palace policy, only the hotel’s security will be allowed to possess firearms there. Helping to offset that is an extremely cost-effective tuition for the two-day seminar, only $300, and a $50 discount for those attending for the first time.
Massad F. Ayoob is an internationally known firearms and self-defense instructor.
Massad Ayoob has authored several books and more than 1,000 articles on firearms, combat techniques, self-defense, and legal issues, and has served in an editorial capacity for Guns Magazine, American Handgunner, Gun Week, and Combat Handguns.
Massad Ayoob was former Vice Chairman of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and is believed to be the only non-attorney ever to hold this position.
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