Unjust Persecution Unites Two 2nd Amendment Patriots
Gilberton Borough, Pa. Police Chief Mark Kessler and James Yeager, the CEO of Tennessee-based “firearms and tactical training” center Tactical Response, have become friends since they both achieved notoriety and followings among gun rights activists for their inflammatory online videos.
Kessler may lose his job due to the the series of clips he filmed in which he railed against “libtards” and Democratic politicians while firing automatic weapons. On Aug. 30, the Gilberton City Council voted to suspend Kessler indefinitely because the weapons he used in his clips were town property.
Likewise, Yeager became famous earlier this year and briefly had his gun permit taken away after he posted an online video in which he he threatened to “start killing people” if President Obama took executive action on gun control.
The experiences have brought the two men together, and Kessler told TPM in an interview on Wednesday they are now friends. In fact, as he waits to figure out if he will lose his job, Kessler has even followed in Yeager’s footsteps by trying to make money teaching people how to shoot guns. He has begun advertising “a Beginners pistol course” on his website.
Kessler also has something of a working relationship with Yeager. His site encourages students to come to him if they are “beginners,” but it suggests “advanced firearm people” contact Yeager’s company. The posting even led to a blog post this week from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and extremists, that claimed Kessler would be working working for Yeager’s company. However, Kessler said in an interview with TPM that he’s “not working with” Yeager.