Lawrence Wilson is a very complex man with a very simple name. He has a background that would blow away any average Joe who dreams of becoming a spy or mercenary, and spends much of his time training people who protect others for a living. He also talks about things that a lot of people just don’t want to hear.
To say that Wilson is a weapons expert is a severe understatement. He has been associated with the French Foreign Legion, a Rhodesian company similar to Blackwater, United Nations Police and has a Masters in Nuclear Safeguards… and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
To say that Wilson has “seen some things” is one way of putting it, but he’s now found himself in the small town of Englewood after a fishing trip in Rhode Island turns into a conversation about the great places to invest and live in Southwest Florida. He has since gone from being the head of security at the only active United Nations nuclear research facility in the world to being the head of his own nuclear family.
Now, Wilson offers his services and expertise to individuals and, in some cases, organizations (he currently works on contract for sheriff’s offices, police departments, etc.). People who want to learn more about the daily use and carrying of weapons, self-defense, maintaining awareness and other related topics come to him for advice. Even though the world we live in is becoming more and more dangerous, many people still do not recognize that services like those offered by Wilson are useful and necessary.
“People don’t want to talk about these things; it’s horrifying to most people,” he said. “It’s a sensitive subject. Whether you think it can happen here or not, Boca Grande isn’t the only place you’ll travel. It’s not about if it will happen, it’s about when.
Wilson said a study of statistics indicates that being exposed to a situation that requires difficult and quick answers to questions is becoming more prevalent…no matter who you are or where you live.
Many people who own guns and carry them regularly still don’t know what situations are optimal for fight or flight. Even basic protection in a shooter situation – like where to take cover and how to protect themselves in general – requires prior training to familiarize people with checking their surroundings wherever they go, staying alert and reacting. appropriately. There are other things you can do, Wilson said, just to keep your property safer and less intruder-friendly.
“You can’t bury your head; it could very well happen,” Wilson said. “What we try to do is not to scare people, but rather to prepare them. Right here in Boca Grande, I’d rather this island be a hard target than an easy target. Preparation is so much better than cure later. It’s better to be prepared, learn a skill and not need it, then be in a situation and need the skill and not have it. We don’t have to run like the sky is falling on us, but we live in a very beautiful area, and no matter what you say, wealth attracts crime. So we have to be prepared – it reduces the risk and increases the change in survivability.
Wilson is available for speaking engagements (he recently spoke at the Rotary Club of Englewood), as well as group presentations. His main jobs right now are for people who hire him to provide one-on-one training in all types of situations, as well as firearms awareness and use.
The Boca Beacon is currently looking to organize a presentation for the island on these topics, with the first part being a talk by Wilson and the second a question and answer session. If you have any thoughts on this, please email email@example.com. If you would like to speak with Wilson more about private training or group presentations, you can reach him at (201) 995-3318, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his website, americanequalizer.com.