james yeager, helping the "gun control" extremists

Considering that my posts documenting how James Yeager is a coward and how he violated the Tennessee constitution are getting an unusual amount of traffic in recent days, I thought I would take a brief moment to comment on Yeager’s most recent bout of mind-numbing stupidity wherein he stated, "If it goes one inch further, I’m going to start killing people!".

First, just like the Sandy Hook Elementary School murderer, James Yeager is not representative of the average firearm owner, nor is he representative of the average pro-rights activist*. Using those two disgusting (for differing reasons) individuals to paint all firearm owners or pro-rights activists as murderous whackjobs looking for any and all excuses to fly off the handle is nothing more than a hasty generalization logical fallacy – a specious stereotype, in other words – and should be ridiculed and discarded as such.

Second, I refuse to allow my rights to be limited simply because one person who happens to own similar pieces of machined metal as I do cannot keep his temper in check. Or, to put it another way, one nutcase losing his gos-se on an internet video is a wholly insufficient reason to limit everyone else’s rights. You and I both may not like what Yeager says, and, speaking personally, I would very much prefer if he were to crawl in a deep, dark hole and pull it in after him, but so far as I can tell, he is operating within the bounds of the right protected by the First Amendment, and damned if I will not defend that right as much as the one protected by the Second Amendment.

Third, if you have ever received any training from James Yeager in regards to firearms, deadly force, or other related topics, I would strongly recommend that you seek out additional training from other sources such as Mas Ayoob, Larry Vickers, Todd Green, Front Sight, Gunsite, and countless other sources I do not know or cannot remember at the moment (note: I have no affiliation with the places or people named and have received no training from any of them). Why? The training Yeager provided you may have been technically and functionally accurate, but do you really want the prosecution of your self-defense hearing/trial holding up the video of Yeager claiming he is going to "start killing people" as an example of the person who trained you to shoot down that poor choir boy who was only trying to collect money for the Salvation Army mugger/rapist/murder/etc.? Being able to counter with examples of significantly-more-up-standing individuals in the self-defense training community might prove useful.

Fourth, do not even get me started on the cowardice of yanking the above video, claiming he does not retract any of his statements, and then whinging about people re-uploading the original video. If he had pulled the original clip and put up some kind of apology or somesuch in its place, I might consider giving him some credit… but this kind of response screams "hand caught in the cookie jar". Poor baby.

Fifth and finally, James Yeager and his company "Tactical Response" thankfully do not appear to be qualified to provide Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit instruction/training, but Yeager has been lying about his "certifications". I particularly enjoy how his site now says "TN Department of Safety Certified Firearms Instructor (formerly)", when the TN DOS representative TPM quotes states "there is no such certification offered".

[Update] On a related note to Yeager lying about his non-existent "certification" from TN DOS, it would appear as though his handgun carry permit has been revoked by the state of Tennessee "based on a ‘material likelihood of risk of harm to the public’". I cannot say as though I agree with that reasoning being acceptable to revoke a permit, and I have to wonder why that reasoning did not come into play during Yeager’s childish "duel" challenges, but there it is. [/Update]

In closing, like I said on Twitter, I would like to take a moment and thank James Yeager for providing the "gun control" extremists all the ammunition they will need to paint all firearm owners as equally deranged, murderous, and psychotic as he is… as if we did not have enough of that going on with the Sandy Hook murderer as it was. There are a fair number of people I sincerely wish were not "on my side", but this guy is pretty much at the top at the moment…

Of course, while I say that, rumor has it that James Yeager will be on the Ed Show (whatever the hell that is) on MSNBC tonight. Frakking awesome. We could have calm, cool, collected folks like Mr. Colion Noir represent us on national television, but instead we get flaming nutbags like Yeager. Good to see yellow journalism is still alive and well…

(* – I imagine James Yeager would get along with the woefully self-destructive "threeper" community just fine , what with his above-quoted line and absolute lack of any actual action on his part, but even I would not force this over-steroided gas-bag on even that community.)

heroes walk amongst us

… Every day.

The murders and shootings that transpired in the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado less than a week ago were unquestionably horrific and tragic, but the honest truth is that one person and one person alone bears the full responsibility and accountability for those events: the shooter behind the guns. The movie theater is not responsible for the shootings (though they are responsible for forcing their customers to remain defenseless while on their property). The movie producers are not responsible. The movie itself is not responsible. The NRA is not responsible. Gun owners are not responsible. The people who sold this murderous scumbag his guns/ammunition/accessories are not responsible.

Only the person who pulled the triggers is responsible for the deaths and injuries resulting from that action.

As such, Christian Bale was under absolutely no compunction to do this, but it shows the depth of his class that he did:

Christian Bale, star of the last three Batman films, met at the Medical Center of Aurora on Tuesday afternoon with seven patients injured in the mass shooting that occurred during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."

Hospital interim president Bill Voloch said Bale spent about 2½ hours at the hospital, where he met with five people being treated for their injuries. Two others came from Swedish Medical Center to meet Bale, who stars as Batman/Bruce Wayne.

[…]

Bale and his wife, Sibi Blazic, also met with a number of doctors, Aurora police officers and emergency medical technicians who were first responders when [name redacted] allegedly killed 12 people and injured 58 others at Century Aurora 16 theater early Friday. Bale spent about 10 minutes with each person.

[…]

Voloch said Bale notified hospital officials that he wanted to visit the injured but asked that media not be notified. "He just wanted to meet with victims and police."

That last part is key for me; he did not make this visit because he wanted the publicity and good-will it would unquestionably generate, he made this visit because he wanted to provide what support and comfort he could to those who suffered or helped those in suffering. In other words, this was not about him, it was about them.

For a product of Hollywood, that is pretty awesome.

However, the awesome does not stop there. Predictably, "gun control" extremists have been unabashedly dancing in the blood of the Aurora victims, trying to exploit this tragedy to generate support for their own failed policies. The good news is that despicable profiteering has not been working, and the better news is some of the victims* have rightfully shown that blood-dancing for what it is:

Michael Eric Dyson, guest host on MSNBC’s Ed Show: Do you think that there should be a push for tighter gun laws given the horror that you just endured and how it has impacted you personally? Do you feel compelled to push for tighter gun laws?

Jordan Ghawi, brother of victim Jessica Ghawi: Here’s the thing, we can try to politicize this and make some sort of polarizing debate and make this a tenet of the election, but that’s not what we’re here to do right now. We’re here to celebrate the lives of the victims that have been lost.

If somebody wants to do harm to somebody, they’re going to find a way to do it. Whether it be with a weapon, such as a rifle or whether it be with any sort of means we should actually start to think about why people are doing this. And the reason why they’re doing this is because they want their names out there.

Again, it is that last part that is key, and that is exactly why the Aurora theater shooter’s name will never be written on this site, even though doing so would unquestionably help my Google Page Rank or whatever that thingie is called these days.

The Aurora murderer did not kill all of those people because of the guns, or because he was "misunderstood", or even because he had a personal grudge/vendetta against one of the movie-goers; as his court hearing all-but confirmed, he killed all of those folks simply because he wanted the fame, and I will be damned if I provide that to him. Furthermore, as Mr. Ghawi points out, given the complexity, scale, and bloody-mindedness behind the booby traps the shooter left behind in his apartment, people were going to die that night, regardless of whether the Aurora murderer used a firearm, a bomb, or a can of gasoline and a length of chain. He had decided he was going to kill folks, and that is that.

But we are not done yet; the real bad-ass is Mr. Justin Davis:

Less than one day after he escaped the chaos and carnage of the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting, lifelong Batman fan Justin Davis was back at the movies with a sense of purpose.

Davis, 16, was accompanied by his brother and a friend to a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” at a different Colorado movie theater.

“I just want to finish it, and for all those men, women and children that didn’t get to finish it, I want to finish it for them,” he said.

Why did he go back to the movies? Because f*ck you. Or, more specifically, f*ck the theater shooter, which is exactly the right attitude to take. The more you deviate from your normal pattern, the more you do not do things you would have done otherwise, the more you succumb to fear, the more the scumbag murderer gets exactly what he wanted, and I very much doubt any of us want to appease that particular waste of space. So screw him. Go about your life, do what you were going to do anywise, and do not give a psychopathic murderer the satisfaction of having people who may be walking around, but are still "victims" rather than "survivors".

Yes, some spineless lowlifes are trampling all over the memories and suffering of those murdered and wounded during the Aurora shooting, and while they should be ashamed of themselves, the seem to lack the capacity to do so or recognize what they are doing is wrong; however, more importantly, there are a non-zero number of folks who are willing to stand up and be identified as Americans who are unafraid of mentally warped murderers and who know that banning the tool those murderers use is going to change nothing. I have no respect for the former, but, thankfully, the latter balances things out.

(* – And, yes, Jordan Ghawi is as much a victim of "gun violence" as Joan Peterson is, with as much moral authority to boot (if not moreso, since he has not demonstrated a remarkable propensity for lying and a rather disturbing psychological unbalancedness).)