James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, a Tennessee-based company that trains people in weapons skills, says in a video recently posted to YouTube that he would "start killing people" if Obama decides to take executive action with regard to gun control.
According to Raw Story, in the video posted to YouTube and Facebook on Wednesday, Tactical Response CEO apparently lost control over reports that Obama was considering executive action to back up gun control measures after the Sandy Hook massacre.
Digital Journal notes that in spite of the magnitude of the tragedy of Sandy Hook, many opposed to stricter gun control are comparing Obama to extreme 20th century dictators such as Stalin, Mao and Hitler because of his administration's plan to impose stricter gun control measures. Drudge Report, for instance, drew a comparison between Obama and Hitler, suggesting that confiscating arms could be first step to imposing a bloody dictatorship.
In an aggressive diatribe generously spiced with expletives, Yeager calls on gun advocates to "load our damn mags" and "get ready to fight" a "civil war" in defense of the "right to bear arms."
"Vice President [Joe] Biden is asking the president to bypass Congress and use executive privilege, executive order to ban assault rifles and to impose stricter gun control.
"I’m telling you that if that happens, it’s going to spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot. I’m not putting up with it. You shouldn't put up with it. And I need all you patriots to start thinking about what you’re going to do, load your damn mags, make sure your rifle’s clean, pack a backpack with some food in it and get ready to fight.
"I’m not fucking 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."
According to The Huffington Post, Yeager's YouTube address is in response to a recent statement by Vice President Joe Biden that Obama was considering using executive orders to enforce gun control policy. Yeager said Obama is a dictator because he is planning to use executive orders to address gun policy.
The Huffington Post reports the White House is considering the most effective measures to adopt in response to the wave of gun violence. Vice President Joe Biden is heading a group that is considering additional measures beside a ban on assault weapons and large magazines. According to The Huffington Post, such measures may include a national database to track sale, movement of weapons and more expansive background check on gun buyers.
Recent news that the White House is considering extensive gun control measures has sparked excited reaction from gun enthusiasts. Digital Journal reports that the conservative radio host Alex Jones, during an appearance on "Piers Morgan Tonight," delivered an uncoordinated tirade in which he threatened that "1776 will commence again if you try to take our arms!"
Raw Story notes, however, that in spite of fears being expressed by gun advocates, Obama does not have the executive power to ban assault weapons or take guns from gun owners without approval of the Congress. He may, however, take steps to improve on background check systems and limit importation of assault rifles.
Nashvillescene argues that Yeager's statement that “Vice President [Joe] Biden is asking the president to bypass Congress and use executive privilege, executive order to ban assault rifles and to impose stricter gun control," misrepresents the VP. According to the website:
"...he (the VP) was not asking or suggesting that the president use an executive order to confiscate any guns or, as Yeager reportedly said, 'ban assault rifles and impose stricter gun control.' In fact, weapons bans, high-capacity magazine bans, or universal background checks would all require congressional action... Dave Weigel breaks down what the president could actually do with the terrifying 'executive order':
- Directing the DOJ to prosecute more "prohibited purchasers" when they attempt to buy guns. In 2009, the FBI referred 71,000 cases of these buyers, mostly felons. U.S. attorneys prosecuted only 77 cases.
- Appointing a permanent ATF director. The ATF has spooked the right ever since Ruby Ridge (before, too, but that's when the real agitation started), and the Senate hasn't confirmed a permanent director since 2006.
- Requiring federal agencies to report mental health records. The NICS Improvement Act of 2007, passed after the Virginia Tech shootings, requires this. It hardly ever happens.Nashwillescene.com wonders, "Will James Yeager kill somebody if one of these things happens?"
The Huffington Post notes that Yeager has posted a new edited video that excludes his threat to "start killing people." But Raw Story preserved the original (see video above).
According to Raw Story, by Thursday morning, the video threatening violence in response to gun control measures had been removed from Yeager’s YouTube page.