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The single most important step toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it. There’s no better place to accomplish that crucial goal than at the NRA Carry Guard Expo. Among the more than 120 free seminars and ticketed workshops taking place September 14-16 in Richmond, Va., one presentation in particular is designed to teach the tips and techniques you need to be alerted to dangerous situations and to avoid becoming a victim.

The NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® (RTBAV) program covers everything from mental preparedness, self-defense training and criminal psychology to cyber, travel and vehicle security and more. Attend one of the four-hour intensive Refuse To Be A Victim Basic workshops presented by program Executive Counselor Ed O’Carroll, and you’ll leave the Expo with the knowledge and tools you need to create and implement your personal safety strategy.

Learn more about Ed O’Carroll below, and make plans to join him on Friday or Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., for the Refuse To Be A Victim Basic workshop. Tickets are $25 each—click here to purchase yours today!


Q&A With Ed O’Carroll

Tell us a little bit about your background. Where did your interest and expertise start and how did you get to where you are in your field today?

I have been serving in law enforcement/public safety for nearly 30 years, and I have loved every minute of it. Especially while serving as a police officer I have had many opportunities to participate in very rewarding missions, including leading a crime prevention team.

Describe your experience in the role of teacher, trainer, mentor, or instructor. What have you learned about the community and lifestyle associated with personal protection?

I have met thousands of attendees while teaching the Refuse To Be A Victim program. Each class is amazing. Our community wants to be educated and learn all about safety and awareness, and the Refuse To Be A Victim course offers that and more.

When and how did you first become familiar and involved with NRA Carry Guard? How does it fit into your overall support of the NRA and the Second Amendment?

I was able to attend and speak at the NRA Carry Guard Expo last year and met so many terrific people. The Refuse To Be A Victim program fits in perfectly with the NRA Carry Guard training theme, and our classes are filling up.

What was your favorite part of being at the inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo last year in Milwaukee?

My favorite part was meeting the amazing attendees, who are so interested in learning and being part of the community!

What do you find is one of today’s biggest threats to personal safety or individual freedoms?

Fears shared by many attendees have included personal attack, residential burglary or a crime against a child. These are all scary situations—but ones that are largely preventable.

Can you share a story of how your training has directly impacted your life or the life of someone you’ve taught?

I’ve had several students reconnect to say thanks for sharing the Refuse To Be A Victim program and express that it worked for them. It’s really inspiring to hear those testimonials.

What is a simple, but perhaps overlooked, aspect of personal protection that you recommend everyone consider?

Awareness and avoidance.

Tell us the top three reasons to attend your workshop at NRA Carry Guard Expo this year in Richmond, VA.

Reason 1: It could save your life.

Reason 2: It could save the life of a friend or family member.

Reason 3: It’s time well spent sharpening your awareness and understanding of proven risk reduction strategies.

More about Ed O’Carroll:

Ed O’Carroll began his career with the Fairfax County (Virginia) Police Department on September 11, 1989. Prior to his law enforcement career, Ed was served as an Emergency Medical Technician and Assistant Chief of an Ambulance Squad in Hauppauge, New York. During his 28 years with the Fairfax County Police Department, Ed has served in numerous assignments, most recently as the internal affairs division commander and Director/Major of the Public Affairs Bureau.

Ed currently serves as Executive Counselor for Refuse To Be A Victim and has lectured all across the United States, teaching thousands of people all aspects of personal safety. Ed also served as the President of the Virginia Crime Prevention Association, which networks law enforcement and citizens in the prevention of crime.

He has conducted numerous training classes for law enforcement officers and citizens at a number of national crime prevention conferences and for numerous community organizations. His efforts to educate, share and inform the community on safety issues have been featured in Teen People Magazine and he has appeared on Lifetime Channel, USA Today on-line, ABC News PrimeTime and even has been quoted in The Oprah Magazine.