On Wednesday, the CEO of a Tennessee company specializing in weapons and tactical training threatened to “start killing people” if the President took any steps to move forward with gun control measures. James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, went on a verbal rampage in a video posted to YouTube and on his Facebook page over a report that Vice President Joe Biden suggested the President could take executive action with minor gun control measures without Congress’s approval. Yeager said, “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. 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, and get ready to fight. I’m not f*cking 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.”
Yeager was most likely reacting to reports from conservative sites equating President Obama with Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin over the idea that the White House could act without Congress and impose harsh gun control measures without Congress’s approval. The President cannot ban assault rifles or close gun show loopholes of his own accord, but he can, by executive order, take lesser steps such as modernizing background checks and limiting assault rifle importation into the country, but to a gun fanatic, such steps are indistinguishable from sending their children to concentration camps.
Last week, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones went on a tirade while discussing gun control with Piers Morgan, and immediately went to a favorite talking point of conservative gun fanatics equating gun control with Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez seizing guns and said, “I’m here to tell you, 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms! The Second Amendment isn’t there for duck hunting. It’s there to protect us from tyrannical government.”
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