Warning: Videos contain profanity.
James Yeager, the CEO of Tactical Response, supposedly a police training instructor, is in some pretty hot water after posting an incendiary video on youTube a few days ago about gun violence. He declared that if the gun debate goes one more inch, he’s “going to start killing people.” First, the video:
Yeager later took the video down, but it had already been captured by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Since he posted the video, Yeager hasn’t gotten in pretty hot water. First, his claim to his State of Tennessee certification appears to be false, and then he had his handgun license yanked by the Tennessee Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security. Here is the full text of the agency’s statement:
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced today the suspension of James Yeager’s handgun carry permit after he was featured in a threatening YouTube video post that went viral earlier this week.
The decision to suspend Yeager’s handgun carry permit was based on a “material likelihood of risk of harm to the public” (TCA 39-17-1352).
Yeager, 42, of Camden, Tenn., allegedly claimed he would “start killing people” if the Obama administration took executive action to pass gun control measures.
“The number one priority for our department is to ensure the public’s safety. Mr. Yeager’s comments were irresponsible, dangerous, and deserved our immediate attention. Due to our concern, as well as that of law enforcement, his handgun permit was suspended immediately. We have notified Mr. Yeager about the suspension today via e-mail, and he will receive an official notification of his suspension through the mail,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.
Mr. Yeager is also the CEO of Tactical Response, a firearms and tactical training school in Camden. He is not a Department of Safety and Homeland Security certified instructor, nor is his school department certified.
Mr. Yeager has the right to seek review of the department’s decision in the general sessions court of his county of residence or through the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
Yeager later posted a video to clarify his position in the first video, but didn’t really help himself. Have a look:
Gun advocates need to understand that these kinds of threats and inflammatory statements are not adding to the debate, and are certainly damaging to themselves. Obviously, Yeager hasn’t learned that lesson.
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