UPDATE: On September 19, 2013, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence was sent the following statement by Chris Albert, a Senior Vice President for Communications and Talent Relations with National Geographic Channels:
“Doomsday Preppers documents many individuals from across the country with unique beliefs and practices as they prepare (legally) to protect themselves and their families from various disaster scenarios. Given recent events such as Hurricane Sandy and the flooding in Colorado, this program is also a valuable platform for presenting survival tips to our viewers, and we regret that any potential interview has clouded the important work this show does. With more than 600 hours in production at any given time, we give our producers the liberty to conduct hundreds of interviews for programming on our behalf, including for this series. [James Yeager] was approached by our production company for participation in the upcoming season of Doomsday Preppers. However, after being made aware of the interview and consulting with the producers, National Geographic Channel does not believe that he fits with the show or the network, and we do not plan to air his interview in the series.”
Why is National Geographic trying to make a star out of a violent pro-gun extremist?
In January 2013, James Yeager, the CEO of a firearms training company, made national headlines when he posted a video to YouTube in which he threatened to “start killing people” if the White House issued executive orders to reduce gun violence in the United States. In the video, Yeager warned:
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. Fuck that. 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. You shouldn’t put up with it. And 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, pack a backpack with some food in it and get ready to fight. 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 gonna start killing people.
Now, Yeager is set to star in the third season of National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers,” where he will have a national platform to spread his insurrectionist ideology.
As a leading nonprofit scientific and educational institution, the National Geographic Society should have nothing to do with individuals who actively threaten to wage war against government officials and other fellow Americans.
Tell National Geographic: Cancel your show featuring violent insurrectionist James Yeager.