Things have moved fast in James Yeager’s life this past three days. On Wednesday, when he posted up his “mad as Hell and not going to take it any more rant” I would imagine he believed that he was leading the charge to defend his line in the sand…to not yield “one inch further.”
In self defense and tactical response one of the first things you learn is situational awareness, the survival skill that helps you understand your environment, spot threats, be aware of that which is around you. A failure to be situationally aware was James Yeager’s first error. He didn’t gauge the environment; he was not aware of the lethality of backlash. He didn’t understand the Internet. In the past 72 hours he has gone from being an expert in his field to a high profile example of irrational behavior, poor judgment and unrestrained anger. He has become what those who want gun regulations believe to be the dangerous gun-nut.
Yeager’s second error was in not vetting the information that triggered his anger and outburst. Had he looked he would have seen that nobody from Biden’s workgroup or the Obama Administration is suggesting using Executive Orders to “ban assault weapons.” His anger was based on pro-gun blogsphere hysteria, not steeped in fact.
Within hours Yeager had removed the most inflammatory and threatening “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.” But it was too late. His rant had already been captured and propagated throughout the internet, with many shocked at the irrational behavior. He must have thought it irrational as well as he tried to erase it. But the Internet doesn’t let you put the toothpaste back in the tube. Both versions of the original video Pack Your Bags Part one including the threats are available from Addicting Info.
In a few more hours of Day One he released a second video which both reiterated his original thoughts – without the threat and began his retraction.
Day two of James Yeager’s week began with a new video, this one beginning the retraction of his comments…trying to spin them to mean that he really thought that folks should talk to their legislators…and please ignore that whole “start killing people” thing. He was, as he said angry…and we all want those with guns to react irrationally when they get angry. IRONY must have been screaming in the corner…”what, am I, invisible here?”
Thursday [still day two] brought another problem from Mr. Yeager. The spotlight that he shone on himself brought out a few other facts about his life. He wasn’t the certified instructor for the Department of Homeland Security that he said he was. His company profile says “TN Department of Safety Certified Firearms Instructor.” The Department of Safety says otherwise. He as since scrubbed his website of the embellishments.
With the attention he drew to himself with his anger induced threatening video, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security pulled his firearms permit. What this means is he is not allowed to CARRY…It does not mean that they confiscated his firearms.
Friday brought a different tact…a new video with his lawyer sitting next to him. In it he completes his retraction by saying “I said some pretty volatile stuff which I apologize for” and that “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.” In it he says that he apologizes for his remarks but adds “…it’s not the time for that.”
Here’s the video:
In this last video he and his Franklin, TN lawyer Dana McLendon focus on legislative actions to further the cause of guns rights advocates. It is interesting that much of the focus is on the premise that “right now people are afraid and worried” and Mr. McLendon furthers “They [the gun regulations proponents] are selling safety but they are not going to be able to deliver it as promised.” It juxtaposes against NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre who outlined a proposal to arm every school in America…also derided by many as providing promised safety that they can’t deliver.
James Yeager’s many videos on firearms, tactical theory and his opinions can be seen on the 268 videos on his YouTube channel.