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Tennessee Weapons Instructor Eases Up, Sort Of

By Mark Potok on January 10, 2013 - 5:16 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

James Yeager, the furious tactical weapons trainer who yesterday threatened to “start killing people” if gun control advances, today put up a second video in which he said he had “probably allowed my mouth to overrun my logic” — but then immediately added that he did not retract any of his statements.

Yeager, who is CEO of Tactical Response and Tactical Response Gear Inc., said in his second video that he had been “overwhelmed” with sympathetic responses from alumni of his training programs and others. But he wasn’t too nice to them, either.

“People are saying stuff like, ‘Well, it needed to be said but you shouldn’t have said it.’ Well, look around. Who else is going to say it? Who else is going to say it?” Yeager demanded in another enraged rant. “And all you fucking fair-weather Second Amendment people that are telling me I’m doing a fucking disservice by saying that I’m not going to stand for the tyranny, fuck you. Our country wasn’t founded by a bunch of fair-weather pussies. Either you’re in or you’re out, and if you’re out, don’t call yourself a fucking Second Amendment advocate.”

He then softened up, ever so slightly. “Now, uh, I don’t condone anybody committing any kind of felonies, up to and including aggravated assaults and murders. Unless it’s necessary. Right now, it’s not necessary.”

Then he boasted again about the response he’d gotten. “You have no idea how quickly I accidentally assembled an army. I assure you, quite a formidable army.”

Yeager is a former police chief of Big Sandy, Tenn., and also was a deputy sheriff in the Benton County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Office. He says he has provided training and weapons to law enforcement and the military for years, since leaving police work and going into the private sector with his Camden, Tenn.-based businesses in 2002.

Yeager ended his latest rant by essentially repeating what he’d first said yesterday, although without the line about killing people. “I don’t really know what to say to do next,” he said. “I have a wait-and-see attitude about the whole thing. But I stand  fast with my message. I have drawn my line in the sand. Not one more inch.”

  • virgen de guadalupe

    bitter, angry, bald head man.

  • K

    If 13-year-old boys are expelled from school and arrested, charged with “making terroristic threats’ because they talked tough online but hadn’t actually attempted to hurt anyone, then why is this adult man allowed to publicly threaten to start shooting people without facing arrest? We just pick on children, is that?

  • EightBits

    This puppy is not well!

  • C

    Back in the day when I was a gun collector, I recall so well how people like Yeager (including himself, in fact) would ridicule me for expressing my opinions. I sure didn’t say anything near as inflammatory as he has, I never threatened to kill anyone, but people *like him* sure didn’t like my (and other’s) statements and actions. Now the role is reversed and somehow HE is “god-like”? Somehow he is better than the rest of the world? Perhaps a few of us should be as forward with him as he has been with us, and see where that gets him?
    I am sure Yeager can stomach killing a man trying to rape his wife, but can he stomach killing an unarmed man in retreat from a crime scene? If so then he clearly is not the patriot that he alleges that he is, instead he is a terrorist, no different than the murderous thugs from FBI & DHS.
    And Yeager is more than welcome to express his dislike for my opinion anytime he wants. Unlike him, when I express my opinion in public, it’s because I do care what people say or think. If I didn’t I wouldn’t make any of it public because, quite frankly, it’s none of their business.

  • Roger B.

    Sounds like my dead brother in law – an ex cop that basically owned an arsenal and was obsessed with guns. Abused his kids and was basically a crooked cop. I wasn’t sorry to see him move on. When I think of these nut cases, Paranoid – Schizophrenic comes to mind. They live self fulfilling prophecies.

  • What?

    Can the court order a psych eval on this guy… I think that is really the next thing to do here…

  • kevin

    As a lifelong liberal and a lifelong gun owner I am always embarassed with folks like this guy. People like him (and the NRA) are not the voice of those of us that are responsible gun owners.

  • Leslie

    What he doesn’t realize is that making public death threats isn’t going to help 2nd Amendment advocates or make the calls for stricter gun control laws go away. He is the poster child for gun control. Sometimes I think guns cause mental illness.

  • Kiwiwriter

    As usual, when confronted with the enormity of his acts, an extremist starts tap-dancing back away from his harshness. Notice that he doesn’t

    1. Back away from his views
    2. Back away from being ready to fight and kill and break the law
    3. Have any real ideas of what to do
    4. Know what he really wants
    5. Have any thoughts about what the solution is.

    He even admits that he doesn’t know what to do. These guys are all about “The struggle,” but have no idea what the solution is. They know what they’re against, but not what they’re for.

    I was amused by his advice to his followers: exercise and get in shape. Maybe he should offer a line of fitness and firearms videos.

  • Sam Molloy

    Is that a skeleton arm on his wall there?

  • R. Weber

    This week, there were a couple of gun nuts here in Portland who were protesting any attempts for sensible gun control, by walking around a residential neighborhood, carrying semi-automatic weapons. A nearby grade school went into lockdown and a ton of neighbors called 911. The police came and did not arrest them because they had the appropriate permits and were carrying the guns on their backs instead of in their hands.

    However, the men, and most of the comments I read on a local news website, could not fathom why people in the neighborhood felt threatened. Maybe because of the timing? Last month we had a mass shooting at a nearby mall here that killed two people, and then Newtown, Conn., happened. The lack of understanding from all the gun nut comments about why neighbors felt threatened dominated the forum.

    All they hear is “our guns are going to be taken away,” instead of considering what is inappropriate and compromises others’ concern for safety.

  • concernedcitizen

    Is there any doubt that we need stronger gun laws. With people like this running loose in America how can people feel safe in their communities.

  • Reynardine

    Able Baker. (All right, that’s a Florida joke.)

  • Erika

    Sounds like he’s still threatening to kill people if there is further gun control – just that his buddies in law enforcement told him to make it more vague so he doesn’t get hauled before the judge on a psychiatric TDO.

  • aadila

    I wonder if he kisses his mother with that foul mouth. I’m shocked.

  • John H

    This is the guy calmed down? I can just imagine the army that will follow him.

  • jeff hubbs

    I agree with you! Thank you for what you said I am a old Marine who has the same logic.

  • Aron

    *cough*ROID RAGE*cough*

    Everybody loves Keyboard Kommandos! All bark, and muscles so atrophied they can’t even bite.

    Plus, this is par for the course for YouTube. It never ceases to amaze me jus how much hatred seethes on that website. It’s like a Google-sponsored Stormfront.

  • Sharon

    I wonder if he realizes his threats to start killing people qualify him for an order of involuntary committment for a psych evaluation.

  • Dolmance

    So who does this crackpot with the explosive temperament disorder suggest we go out and shoot? A classroom full of five year olds? People out at the movies?

    Oh, I forgot, they already did that. Silly me.