New video from guy who threatened to “start killing people” if Obama issues gun regs

You might have seen a video we posted yesterday of a gun store owner – he’s actually much more than that, according to his bio – who posted a video on YouTube and Facebook saying he was “going to start killing people” if President Obama issued an executive order on guns in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary killings.

Well, today we find that he’s posted another video, that seems to be a response to the intense reaction he received from his video that seemed to some be threatening to kill the President of the United States and/or attempt to overthrow the US government, or something similar.

Well, he’s done it again.

James Yeager, the CEO of Tactical Response, a Tennessee company that specializes in weapons and tactical training

James Yeager, the CEO of Tactical Response, a Tennessee company that specializes in weapons and tactical training

And before any says “he’s just one nut.”  He’s a nut with nearly 50,000 subscribers on YouTube (though perhaps 49,000 of them are now Secret Service).  And he’s claiming he’s assembled a “formidable army.”  A reader yesterday tweeted me that this is “terrorism.”  After listening to the second video, I’m at pains to find another suitable word for it.

Here are some of the first few sentences of today’s new video:

“I was mad when I said it. And probably allowed my mouth to overrun my logic, but I don’t retract any of my statements.”

Huh.  So I shouldn’t have said what I said, but I stand by what I said.  So we’re still on track for “killing people” if President Obama does anything on guns in the near future.

Here’s more – it’s rather incredible, especially considering the man’s bio claims he worked on protective security details in Baghdad, has worked alongside the US military, apparently been involved with other federal agencies, and is a former chief of police.

People are asking me what they should do.  I don’t know, but I did tell you to load your mags, make sure your gun’s clean, and pack a backpack.  If you haven’t done that, then don’t call me and ask me what to do next….

People are saying stuff like, ‘it needed to be said, but you shouldn’t have said it.’  Well, look around.  Who else is gonna say it.  Who else is gonna say it.  And all you f’g fair-weather Second Amendment people who are telling me that I’m doing a f’g disservice to the gun community, that I’m not gonna stand for the tyranny, f-you. Our country wasn’t founded by f’g fair-weathered pussies….

If you’re not prepared to go all the way, then you’re not prepared to go anywhere….

I don’t condone anybody doing anything rash.  I do not condone anybody committing any kind of felonies, up to and including aggravated assaults or murders, unless it’s necessary.  Right now it is not necessary.

And I understand that my video was very volatile. You have no idea how many people that sent me emails and texts and called me and was like, ‘right on, my shit’s clean, my bag’s packed, you tell me when and were.’  You have no idea how quickly I accidentally assembled an army. I assure you, a quite formidable army. But now is not the time, it’s not time yet. It is time to get ready. Start working out.  Start stretching,  Start practicing.  Start talking with your friends, coordinating on a local basis.

I don’t really know what to say to do next.  I’ve 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.

One would think the Secret Service, and a lot of other government entities, would have a problem with a man who seems to be talking about assembling an army with the intent of taking on the President of the United States by “killing people.”  It’s difficult to understand why this man isn’t sitting before a judge right about now, unless it’s because every orifice of his body has already been bugged by the Treasury Department, the FBI and more.

Imagine if a man with a Muslim name had put out a video talking about taking on the President by killing people with his formidably army.  He wouldn’t have time to put out a second video before he’d be on his way to Gitmo, no judges or lawyers involved.

This is the NRA, people.


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  • laviniajuicemacker

    But, what has this to do with cotton whips? Must we provide every potentially-clubbed seal with a new garden hose? We need to take a clue from the Ding-Dong-School teacher and start rounding up small whales to be used as sofas.

  • Freday63

    I have a feeling these couch potato warriors couldn’t pack enough food, let alone ammo, to last a weekend.

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    And yet another gun nut with delusions of grandeur. Someone send him a girlfriend or boyfriend already. He really needs to get f** or something.

  • cole3244

    the law may not allow more but his demeanor tells me he shouldn’t even be allowed to own a gun of any kind, if and when he kills someone maybe then more action will be taken, thanks for the update.

  • sane37

    yeah, he should never have mention his “army”. Now everyone close to him is being tapped.

  • sane37

    funding

  • Marko

    I hope he’s a govt shill collecting names and addresses of “supporters”. If he’s not, he’s exactly the kind of sting the Govt should be running.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    It would seem the Tennessee state gov’t has decided at least that this guy should not have a carry permit…

  • Dakotahgeo

    As SFB has drawn a “line in the sand,” I’m sure the governmental security people are all over his info in their crosshairs, just waiting for Mr. Mighty Mouse to make the first move! You can take it to the bank that SFB has had every e-mail, and tweet, read and gone over with a fine tooth comb by now. I can only wish this Hooterville Hood the worst of luck in his venture. We’ll see how big an army he has when push comes to shove. What a hoot!

  • Matthew Lane

    fun fact: The NRA originally was all about Gun Control… then almost overnight some paranoid people, just like the guy in that video came in & took over.

  • Matthew Lane

    You are doing this man a disservice… you missed ignorant, arrogant & under-educated.

    Heck people like this guy are exactly why Australia got rid of the “right” to own guns & instead made it a “privilege” based solely on need rather then want. But i suppose we are talking about America & not Australia… An frankly America has at least one major shooting a year; you had two last year.

  • Matthew Lane

    Oh how i love american gun nuts… You essentially make the case for gun control for us.

    Sane Person: Guns are dangerous weapons, civilians shouldn’t have them, as they have no need for them.
    Insane Gun Nut: If you take my guns away i’m going to go on a killing spree

  • Carl Gorney

    Not that I’m aware of. YET. But the SPLC is noting that DHS getting involved in the matter.

  • Carl Gorney

    And, sadly, I fear other people suffering from THE CRAZY will take their turn after these two jabronis fade away.

  • cambridgemac

    Because rightwingers never assassinate Presidents or Civil Rights Leaders or Civil Rights workers or students or Planned Parenthood workers or gay people or Jews. “Leftists” and liberals and union activists are dangerous. And black people. Not real Americans. (I call it Right Blindness. Like Nightblindness. It affects our entire media and political establishment.)

  • cambridgemac

    small dick, too. Probably.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Oh God, a bald Sarah Palin.

  • nicho

    Because he’s not a liberal. If he were, they would have busted down his door and dragged him off long ago. Remember all those people who were rounded up and put in makeshift concentration camps for thinking about lawfully and peacefully protesting at the RNC?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Coleman/100001217693049 Thomas Coleman

    Similar to the Paul Giamatti character at the end of “Cosmopolis.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Coleman/100001217693049 Thomas Coleman

    Looks to be a bit of an attention whore, f’sure, like many other “Good Americans” these days.

  • cole3244

    he is too unstable to own a firearm.

  • http://twitter.com/holybullies Holy Bullies

    Bruce Willis did a better job in the first Die Hard.

  • TheOriginalLiz

    I haven’t seen any inkling of this guys rantings in the main stream media. Is there a reason why the media doesn’t want the public to know just how freakin’ batsh*t crazy these guys are?

  • Jason B

    I think this is fantastic, what this guy is doing.
    Because just by monitoring him and his communications, the FBI and police can get the details for all of the nutbags who contact him saying they’re ready to join him.

    Nice work, FBI. Nail these gun-totin’ tards hard

  • Stephen D. Clark

    His remarks constitute criminal threatening at the very least.

  • Stephen D. Clark

    Why isn’t Yeager arrested for criminal threatening? His remarks constitute a credible threat of violence, given both his vehemence and access to the means to act upon his thoughts and feelings.

    Not only should he be arrested and tried for criminal threatening, but his property, business place(s) and anywhere else has control or influence should be searched for weapons to be impounded, he should be barred for life from possessing and handling firearms, and he should be placed on the terrorist watch list.

    At a bare minimum. There are probably other considerations I’m neglecting when it comes to punishing this guy, but first it starts by arresting and charging him. What gives?

  • HolyMoly

    Thanks

  • Dave of the Jungle
  • HolyMoly

    Very good.

    That leads me to a couple of questions, though, and maybe the article or news report where you got this information has the answers (where did you find out about this, by the way?):

    (1) He can’t carry, but can he own firearms? Or is Tennessee going to go and confiscate them?

    (2) Since he owns a gun store, can he still sell them? Or is Tennessee going to shut his shop down until further notice?

  • Dave of the Jungle

    The State of Tennessee has suspended his permit to carry.

  • FLL

    You’re right, the term “treason” is too vague and loaded. “Sedition” is more accurate:

    “Conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a government.”

  • HolyMoly

    It looks like me that extortion and threats of terrorism are very similar in nature, but then again, the more charges that can be pressed, the graver the consequences for this guy if he should happen to be tried and convicted.

    I know the term “treason” is overused and misused, so I’m not sure how that crime, as it is defined in the Constitution, would fit into this, unless he eventually acted on his threats. But even then, do you think it would depend on whether acted as a lone gunman or had a small “army” to back him up? Is there a lesser charge, such as incitement to treason or incitement to rebellion or something of that nature that might also apply in this case?

  • FLL

    The point that struck me was intimidating an elected public official (the president) into changing public policy (to this person’s liking) by making a violent threat (murder).

  • FLL

    I have to rely on people who actually have a law degree, which I think you do. “Fair use” makes sense when it’s done by legitimate news entities, but probably doesn’t apply if a non-journalist is just trying to make a few bucks with someone else’s video. I know that when I teach ESL courses in colleges, it’s legal for me to use videos or printed material if it’s only for one semester. I think that’s covered by “fair use” because it’s for educational purposes, it’s only for one semester and there is no monetary gain involved.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Good question. A few possibilities that would need to be fleshed out:

    1. Do the videos constitute a threat agains the president?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threatening_the_President_of_the_United_States#Interpretation

    2. Possibly this – terrorist threat against the US
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threatening_terrorism_against_the_United_States

    3. Criminal conspiracy is another possibility. The notion of building his own army, which he says was accidental, but then he seems to be educating the army how to build further, and threatens its use as “formidable,” would be interesting to investigate as some kind of criminal conspiracy.

    4. Some of kind of extortion. One could argue that the video issued an ultimatum to the President threatening murder if the President doesn’t do a specific action (in this case, inaction on guns).

    I’m a lawyer, this would require a lot more thought. But I don’t think this video is akin to the typical “I wish Obama were dead” numbskulls you hear about. This is a direct threat of committing murder based on the actions of the President of the United States. I think that puts you in some rather serious potential legal peril.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    It’s an interesting question. First off, good luck un-publishing a video anywhere, especially on YouTube. Second, he’s made news, so it’s an interesting question of whether he can tell news entities that they can’t make “fair use” of at least portions of his video. I suspect republishing videos on YouTube is against the terms of use – it should be. It always annoys me when people republish popular videos on youtube (basically download it and republish it to youtube) in order to get their own hits, or their own ad revenues.

  • http://profiles.google.com/tarchannon Tom Helios

    They’re compiling data about his associates because he’s unimaginably dimwitted and chatting with all his ‘friends’.

  • http://profiles.google.com/tarchannon Tom Helios

    He’s not in jail because they are electronically compiling information on everyone that’s associated with this guy – phone calls, e-mails, anything on his computer (which they’ve already hacked), people that regularly visit his sites and view his videos. Duh.

  • dula

    We don’t negotiate with terrorists.

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    Something related to his domestic terrorist threats?

  • FunMe

    The other ad is coming from that other CRAZY: dude Alex Jones.

  • FunMe

    Is the FBI doing anything about this?

    Truly, this guy is NUTS! Figures with his love of guns and killing.

    Can someone arresthim? NOW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Jones/1145232206 Bill Jones

    He IS aware that he can get a penile implant and put all of this behind him, isn’t he?

  • vermonter369

    what an impotent loud mouth bully…why don’t you go off in a corner and play with your gun

  • http://twitter.com/amordecosmos amordecosmos

    He’s a walking advertisement for why we need gun control. Serious gun control.

  • FLL

    Sedition. See my comment above.

  • FLL

    OK, this guy is just an attention whore, but his sentiments are representative of a fair portion of gun owners:

    “Fair weather Second Amendment people…” “If you’re not prepared to go all the way, then you’re not prepared to go anywhere.”

    I’m simply drawing a distinction between ordinary firearms and weapons that are only used in warfare, like assault rifles and high-capacity magazines that are capable of firing hundreds of rounds in a short space of time. The only possible intent for amassing arsenals of warfare is engaging in civil war or the violent overthrow of the elected government, and that is treason—quite a different situation than some protecting their home with an ordinary firearm. This guy demands that people go “all the way.” Does that include dirty bombs… nuclear material… what else? This is clearly a bunch of people who are trying to match the government in firepower and intimidate elected officials, and it’s pretty obvious that they want to do this because they don’t like the results of the last election. The person on this video is encouraging other people to join in this project, which is sedition. I’ll call this what it is—treason and sedition.

  • Ted in Dallas

    Charged with?

  • Savage8862

    He needs to be arrested for making terroristic threats.

  • Ted in Dallas

    This man is mentally ill.

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    Why isn’t this guy behind bars?

  • penpal

    I could only watch about 10 seconds of it. He’s a typical hero of the right: loud, grandstanding, and obnoxious.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yeager Beaver for killing—A deadly mutation of Joe the Plummer.

  • MyrddinWilt

    They usually prefer to round up a whole bunch at once.

    I would not have him brought in right now. But I would have Lawful Intercept on his telephone, email, Facebook and put him on constant surveillance.

  • AnitaMann

    Indeed. I refuse to click on this. Let the FBI deal with him.

  • Badgerite

    Yeah, he’s a real patriot! We the people better do as he’s says, or else. No tyranny there. What the NRA has done and the GOP and Supreme Court has enabled is to allow these kinds of people, people who would probably make it onto the Southern Poverty Law Centers watch list of dangerous organizations, to pretend that they are about the rest of the country, when they are clearly not about that at all.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    “Everyone pay attention to ME!”

  • cc423

    So the feds are locking up legal distributors of medical marijuana, but they let this nut run loose on the streets? Nice job government.

  • Edwoodjr

    Too bad Adam Lanza or James Holmes didn’t telegraph their intentions like this idiot. Go get him, boys!

  • Naja pallida

    They should, the more we convince to come out of the woodwork, the safer we’ll all be.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    I understand that if 10, or 50, or 500 people you didn’t know called you and said they were ready to join your army you’d be pretty impressed and felt like you had a massive wall of firepower behind you. Hell, say 5,000 like-minded people left him voicemails yesterday in his conveniently unlimited mailbox. What kind of a match would that massive army be for the combined strength of the US Military and local and state law enforcement?

  • Barndawg

    Says the guy who worked as a security contractor in Iraq, then freaked out so badly he forgot how to drive a stick – bailed into a ditch while his compadres were shot and pissed himself. Yeah, I’m reallllly scared.

  • Outspoken1

    So I’m looking at the laws in Tennessee regarding gun purchase and ownership ( http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-laws/tennessee.aspx ). Would he be considered an unreasonable risk (not legal definition) to be selling or buying or owning guns? Many people talk about not letting mentally-impaired people own guns (even the NRA supports this!). Is this guy competent to be a gun owner-seller-buyer under Tennessee law?

    Here in Colorado, gun shop owners have refused to sell guns when ‘something just did not look right.’ Unfortunately, this is sometimes racial bias, but also has saved lives when a distraught husband/boyfriend was wanting to kill his wife/girlfriend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722960755 Julia Holcomb

    I didn’t go to the link. No hits for you. But why in the name of the FBI is this man at liberty?

  • buster

    I grew up hearing that “drawing a line in the sand” came from Col Travis at the Alamo. I don’t think that worked out too well for the Texians.

  • http://twitter.com/JSC183 Jean

    Sir, you engaged your mouth before any thought – now I just wonder what you would do with a gun in your hand. I don’t accept anything you are saying after your rediculous rant.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Unfortunately, he’s now getting what he craves most: Feelings of importance and relevancy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jjkfld.wolf Jjkfld Wolf

    he’s just a nut job drama queen who wishes he was in a movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/randyariddle Randy Riddle

    Why isn’t this guy in a very secure mental institution?

  • Mighty

    My guess is he isn’t in jail because they don’t want to make him a rallying cry to the others like him.

  • Litterbox

    Why isnt this guy in jail already?

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