That unhinged police chief — he’s actually the town’s only police officer — hasn’t been fired, at least not yet, but the city council voted to suspend him for 30 days without pay for “use of borough property for non-borough purposes without prior borough permission.” That prompted a heavily armed rally by his supporters from many states.
Was it a show of force? Or a display of freedoms? All those people from multiple states, each packing heat — some as many as three firearms each. They flocked to this small Schuylkill County community in lock-step support of a local police chief with a loud mouth, a bold message and a megaphone called the Internet…
“He was able to stand up above the crowd and blaze a separate path,” John Zangaro, director of Operation Constitution, said of Kessler’s attention-grabbing video odes to the Second Amendment…Many in the gun-toting crowd, which seemed to out-number the considerable media and the sparse towns folk, seemed to agree. Some bearing arms said they were there to protect Kessler, who has claimed to have received multiple death threats in wake of the Internet firestorm. Some said they were providing “security” for the meeting.
When it came time to open the small borough building for the public meeting, these armed men blocked the doors and prevented people from going inside. The mayor hand-selected members of the media who were granted access. Gilberton residents were admitted first.
It’s a pro-gun crowd that goes on about United Nations code No. 7277, which Zangaro said declares international law intended to restrict and register weapons.
Signs in the flag-waving crowd read, “Impeach Obama, Mark Kessler for President” and “Legalize the Constitution.”
This is not going to end well. These people really are extremist and dangerous and they are heavily armed.