The pro-gun crowd received a nasty black eye last week when one of its more, um, zealous members posted a video on YouTube promising to kill people if sensible gun safety legislation is enacted.
Like a lot of these cardboard cowboys, James Yeager wears prison-style tats on his arm, badass chin spinach, and a bald dome. Yeager looks oh so threatening and lethal, not unlike a con on death row. But, as we'll learn, he's really just a big pussy cat.
Yeager bills himself as the CEO of something called Tactical Response in Tennessee, where he apparently teaches people how to play with their guns and sells them gear designed to make them look like soldiers. Yeager says he's a former Big Sandy, Tenn. (pop. 556) cop and claims he spent a couple of years in Baghdad as a hired security gun. Whatever.
In his YouTube video, Yeager goes on a spit-flying rant using some language his mother would probably disapprove of:
"F*** that! I’m telling you that if that (sensible gun safety measures) happens, it’s going to spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot," he barks into the camera. "Load your damn mags!" and "get ready to fight!" Then he adds this: "I’m not f***ing putting up with this. I’m not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I’m not letting anybody take my guns! If it goes one inch further, I’m going to start killing people!"
It's all a lot of hot air, of course, but it earned Yeager some notoriety he didn't want. The state of Tennessee suspended his weapons permit and he appeared in a second video this week, chastened, sitting next to his lawyer and sounding less like a raging prison inmate and more like a regretful drunk driver.
"I said some pretty volatile stuff which I apologize for. I do not in any way advocate the overthrowing of the United States government, nor do I condone any violent actions towards any elected officials. It's not time to shoot anybody. What it is time to do is to organize politically, contact our elected officials and help steer the ship the direction that we want it to go.The way to do that right now is via letters, via emails, some phone calls to your elected officials."
Yeager may not have the courage of his convictions, but there are a lot of his types out there ready to pull the trigger, perhaps on a classroom full of little kids, or in a theater full of patrons, or a college campus, or a church, or a shopping mall. They're mad as hell and they're not gonna take it anymore!
Which is why we need sensible gun safety laws right away.