“When seconds count, police are minutes away!”
~ National Rifle Association slogan
By Corey Lynn and James White
The deterioration in our sense of personal safety comes from many directions. After a break-in at our neighbor’s home, we start to read the local reports of crimes and arrests. Or we hear reports of or see videos of predatory street crime and violence. Or we go to a protest that turns violent. Or our car is vandalized—lucky that we were not in it. Whatever the threats that have touched you and your family, the growing importance of taking personal responsibility for your safety is why this Solution Series episode is so timely.
Richard Merfert joined the armed services at the age of 17 and has never looked back. With prior experience in Special Operations (1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment), he had multiple combat deployments supporting the Global War on Terror. He is a lead high-threat security operations instructor and a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in advanced carbine marksmanship, combat pistol, hand-to-hand combat and defensive tactics (Special Operations Combatives Program), live fire, close quarters battle/close quarters combat (CQB/CQC), executive protection, tactical medicine, and basic demolition. In the course of his profession—which now involves providing close protection for celebrities, politicians, and high-net-worth individuals—he has traveled the world. When it comes to personal protection and situational awareness, Richard is the man with the bona fides.
We are delighted to welcome Richard to the Solution Series as he presents life-saving information that we can all use and understand, whether on the streets, in our car, or inside our home. This episode is top-notch!
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