Police Chief’s Profane Rant Followed By Apology with Rifle
By Nick Wing
A police chief in a small town in Pennsylvania is attracting controversy after posting a series of YouTube videos attacking people that disagree with his views on gun rights.
Mark Kessler, police chief of Gilberton Borough and a member of the North Schuylkill school board, caught the attention of viewers with profanity-laced videos blasting “libtards” and Secretary of State John Kerry for supposedly wanting to take away his guns.
“F**k all you libtards out there … yous take it in the a**,” he says in the video, posted in mid-July. “I don’t give a f**k what you say, so you can all go f**k yourselves. Period.”
Kessler goes on to suggest that he wouldn’t take part in an “armed revolt” on Washington, D.C., apparently a reference to a march planned and later canceled by libertarian activist Adam Kokesh, who is now in jail on drug charges. It appears that Kessler and others are planning a different event in D.C. in September, though it’s unclear if they plan on being armed.
In a separate video, Kessler takes aim at Kerry and the Obama administration for their support of a UN arms trade treaty. The agreement, designed to stem the trafficking of illicit weapons to terrorists, warlords, organized crime figures and human rights violators, has emerged as a popular bugbear for gun rights activists who claim that it will be used to confiscate guns domestically.
The initial round of videos apparently made enough of a stir for Kessler to make an apology video, in which he offers a tongue-in-cheek “sorry” for “hurting feelings,” before shooting off a bunch of rounds from an automatic assault rifle.
The videos are just a few in a series that express Kessler’s outspoken and extreme brand of gun rights activism. According to the Morning Call, Kessler has also organized a volunteer group called the Constitutional Security Force. While the group doesn’t consider itself to be a militia, it does vow to take up arms to protect against tyranny.
The displays caught the attention of a number of local residents this week, who have reportedly raised concerns with town officials.
At least one borough councilman has called the videos “unacceptable” for a police chief, according to WFMZ.
While there are no plans to reprimand Kessler despite the outcry, Pennsylvania’s Standard Speaker reports that Kessler’s behavior has also emerged as an issue among some candidates for local office. Most have sought to dismiss the controversy.