The internet has been buzzing about this police chief in the town of Gilberton, Pennsylvania.
Mark Kessler really loves guns. “I carry an M-16 at work,” he says. He can do that because he’s a police officer — in fact, the chief of police in the tiny borough of Gilberton, a hamlet of less than a thousand in the coal-rich hills of Eastern Pennsylvania. But even in a profession where carrying a gun is part of the job description, Kessler is an outlier. Last month, he told a story to a local Tea Party group about how he was stopped by police officers in a neighboring town for displaying his machine gun to a friend, even though he was in full dress uniform. And that, Kessler said, is the problem with law enforcement today in a nutshell.
“They want to kick butt and take names, and ruin lives, over nonsense. They terrorize people over a turn signal,” he said, wearing an Oath Keepers t-shirt. “I’ve got better things to do with my time than worry about somebody who’s got a broken taillight. Seriously, I really do.”
Better things, for Kessler, include opening new chapters of the paramilitary militia group he founded, pushing legislation to fight the encroaching tyranny of the federal government, and making flamboyant YouTube videos that portray him “shoot[ing] a libtard out of a tree” or taunting the United Nations, but always shooting lots and lots of souped-up guns.
It was that last activity that caught the attention of the local press this week. “Coal region police chief posts profanity-laced video on YouTube,” was the headline in the Allentown Morning call Tuesday. “Well, I guess I upset a few people the other day when I made a video,” Kessler says in the video in question, referring to a previous video about the U.N. and John Kerry, which he has since deleted. “Well, I’m here to say I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset anybody… So please accept this as my sincerest apology.”
The police chief, who is also a member of the North Schuylkill school board, then disappears off screen for a moment and returns with what appears to be an AK-47 affixed with a drum magazine. “Yeah, I don’t think so. This boy don’t roll that way. For all you people out there who cried and cried about, ‘Oh, I used profanity,’ fuuuuucckkk you! Here’s what I got to say, if you didn’t get enough the first time around, go fuck yourself and get some more!” he says, before unloading the automatic weapon.
Hey, freedom of speech and all that, so if the folks in that town want him as their chief law enforcement officer, that’s their business. Besides, these kind of folks somehow always end up taking care of themselves in a Darwinian fashion. He’s already shot himself in the hand when he intervened in a fight, so it’s only a matter of time before he does something even more self-injurious and ends up as the Irony of the Day.