GILBERTON, Pa. – Police Chief Mark Kessler expects to be fired for posting incendiary videos in which he ranted obscenely about the Second Amendment and liberals while spraying machine-gun fire with borough-owned weapons.
But Kessler, whose pro-gun videos have garnered hundreds of thousands of views online, has no intention of going away quietly.
With an Internet radio show, speaking invitations to gun rallies around the country and a newly formed Constitution Security Force that he claims already has chapters in 45 states, the 41-year-old coal miner-turned-cop said his message – that the federal government is too big, too powerful and wants to grab guns – is resonating with a segment of the public that believes as he does.
The support has been overwhelming, both national and international, he said. I find it truly amazing how many people finally said, You know what? This guy’s right.’
Today is the last day of Kessler’s 30-day suspension over what the Gilberton council has said was unauthorized use of the weapons. The council could decide his fate tonight.
But if Kessler’s worried about losing his job, he’s not showing it.
If that’s the price I got to pay for standing up for what I believe in, apparently for what a lot of Americans believe in, I’m willing to pay that price, said Kessler, speaking at a gun range near Gilberton in northeast Pennsylvania.
This week, Kessler posted another potty-mouthed video in which he displayed paper targets with scary-looking clowns on them, dubbed Eric and Danny. Those happen to be the first names of Council President Daniel Malloy and Vice President Eric Boxer, whom he has attacked on his website. Patting an assault rifle, Kessler said, This is the friend that Eric’s going to meet today. After firing a volley at the target, he said, Eric got a couple rounds to the head.
In an earlier video, Kessler savaged Secretary of State John Kerry as a traitor over a U.S.-backed international arms treaty. Come and take it! he screamed, firing a machine gun.
Now that he’s achieved a measure of notoriety for his obscenity-filled rants against government tyranny and people he calls libtards, Kessler said he worries the federal government will try to silence him. He predicted chaos if that happens.
God help them if something should happen to me, he said. I believe that could spark the next American Revolution.
The FBI said it’s aware of the police chief and his videos.
Kessler, who is married with four children and two grandchildren, acknowledged how the videos portray him.
I kind of look scary, he said. I’ve been labeled the scariest police chief in the country.