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YouTube bans firearms instructor James Yeager, terminates his channel

James Yeager (YouTube)
December 06, 2017

James Yeager, a firearms instructor and CEO of Tactical Response, was banned from YouTube on Wednesday.

In a Facebook Live post, Yeager announced that his account was banned for unknown reasons following a podcast that he released on Tuesday. Yeager said he has received more than one “strike” from YouTube prior to being banned.

Yeager called on other YouTubers to create videos that explain why he should be banned or whether YouTube should lift the ban.

Yeager called the ban a “freedom issue” because YouTube is trying to “suppress” his message.

Yeager and the videos he had previously created have been shrouded in controversy throughout the past several years.

In 2013, Yeager posted a video claiming he would “kill people” if then-President Barack Obama used an executive order to ban semi-automatic weapons.

He later edited the video, getting rid of that portion of the video. Yeager made a second video saying he stood by his earlier comments.

The video prompted the Department of Homeland Security and the Tennessee Department of Safety to suspend Yeager’s handgun permit.