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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: This gun owner needs to sit in timeout

Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:07 am

I needed to do some house cleaning last week so one night after Holly fell asleep, I meandered into the living room and folded laundry and took care of some cleaning.

I had the television on local TV news in the background, which is a shame because it generally exemplifies poor-quality journalism, especially on the local level. But this story could not me mistaken or messed up as it was a direct video from another source so I will take it for truth.

As I was moving from easy-to-fold towels to dreaded shirts and pants, I heard this in the background: “I’m not going to let my country be ruled by a dictator. I’m not letting anyone take my guns. If it goes one step further I’m gonna’ start killing people.”

Good way to get people to listen. Certainly made me drop the handful of towels I had just folded and pay attention – mainly checking for a description so I know to get as far away from this man as I can.

Good way to get a visit from federal authorities, too.

The words came from James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response.

That’s not the best way to improve the stance of gun owners in the current political climate that is demanding more gun control.

That statement borders on childish, actually. “If you don’t let me play my video games then I’m not going to do good on my homework.”

Oh really? Let’s try that approach. I’ve heard that from a seven year old.

This is a grown man – who owns guns.

Mr. Yeager has since apologized about the way he delivered his message.

But the damage is done. Gun activists may scream, shout and holler “You tell ‘em” but they should understand that uncontrolled rants of this nature do nothing but hurt the chances of gun owners to make it through this current legislative circus with minimal damage to their cause.

Just to be clear, I am not against guns. Banning guns will not help anyone and, contrary to Mr. Yeager’s fears, no one is taking away all the guns in the world.

But if someone does take away Mr. Yeager’s toys, he wouldn’t have anyone to blame but himself now, would he?

A timeout would do him some good.


-Josh Peterson is the editor of the Manchester Times. He has won TPA awards for his writing and photography. He can be reached by email at or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105. Follow him on Twitter @joshpeterson29