State suspends gun permit for CEO who said he would ‘start killing people’ over gun control
The CEO of a weapons and tactical training company has had his gun permit suspended by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security after he published a video on YouTube in which he threatened to “start killing people” if President Obama pushes forward with increased gun control, reported News Channel 5.
James Yeager, who heads the Tennessee-based company Tactical Response, issued a video Thursday in which he said, “I was mad when I said it” and “probably allowed my mouth to overrun my logic” but does not retract his statements. He admits he cut his controversial video by eliminating the part where he says he will “start killing people.” He claims he does not “condone anybody doing anything rash” or “committing any kind of felonies, up to and including aggravated assaults and murders, unless its necessary. Right now, it’s not necessary.”
In addition, more videos of Yeager are on YouTube.
He published a video on Oct. 30, 2012 titled, “Who is James Yeager?” which appears to be a advertisement for his company.
In it, he says, “If the world collapses, not only am I going to survive, I’m going to be the fucking king.”
“I’m James Yeager, and I’m prepared for everything,” he says while holding a large gun.
He claims to have enough food, guns and medical supplies to last a year but that he has told his daughters not to reveal the stockpile. “And they would ask ‘Why?’ And I say, ‘You want me shooting your friends in the face?’”
He shows two “AK”s that he has, then an assortment of weapons including two AR-15s and a grenade launcher.
Training with him is not for the lighthearted, he argues, as “the guns are real, the bullets are real, and the danger is real.” He then shows the “team room,” which he describes as a “frat house, but with machine guns.”
Another video, published in July of 2011, is an audition video for One Man Army, a TV series on the Discovery Channel.
It begins with Yeager shooting an AK-47 machine gun. He claims at one point to be standing in front of his house, where his door bears the greeting, “Welcome To The House That Guns Built,” and he says that “every dollar I have earned as an adult comes from the caring of a gun.”
He says his “winning strategy, both physically and intellectually, is about having a fighting mindset” and says that “all the things that make us a superior warrior are what I try to use in every aspect of my life.”
In the original video that Raw Story reported on Thursday, which brought scrutiny to Yeager, he said in response to his belief that President Obama may attempt to enforce gun control by executive order, ” I’m not letting anybody take my guns! If it goes one inch further, I’m going to start killing people.”
UPDATE (7:02 p.m.): The Department of Homeland Security is allegedly investigating whether Yeager’s displayed “criminal intent” in the video published on Wednesday, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Watch the videos below.