Mark Kessler has been suspended.

As I suggested might happen, the town of Gilberton, Pennsylvania suddenly realized that having an over the top crazy gun nut as chief of police use town weapons to make his own YouTube video threatening a large percentage of the citizens of the United States was not a good idea. When Kessler finally goes over the top and opens fire on a bunch of people he disagrees with, the town probably does not want to be involved as his employer or as the entity that owns the weapons (though as I understand it, Kessler bought the weapons with his own money and gave them to the police force, probably as a way of getting around the fact that his favorite toys are banned except for official use).

Unfortunately, the suspension is temporary

In a closed meeting, the council voted 5-1 to suspended Kessler for 30 days, “for use of borough property for non-borough purposes without prior borough permission.” In one of the videos, the tiny town’s sole police officer used automatic weapons, which he was only legally authorized to do in his official capacity.

After the vote, there was what PennLive’s John Luciew described as an “impromptu gun rights rally,” with supporters with “all manner of firearms strapped to their belts and hanging from their shoulders.”

… but I’m guessing this is only a first step.

The image above, from here, shows some of the other gun nuts from Gilberton who formed a heavily armed mob to protest the town’s decision.

Comments

  1. #1 Albatross
    August 1, 2013

    Of course this just feeds into his psychosis, since now he gets to claim to be a victim of librul oppression.

  2. #2 Artor
    August 1, 2013

    Albatross, he was doing that already, because as we all know, criticism for being a violent douchebag is the same thing as oppression.

  3. #3 Reality
    TheValley of Truth
    August 1, 2013

    You write, “The image above, from here, shows some of the other gun nuts from Gilberton who formed a heavily armed mob to protest the town’s decision.”
    You call them “gun nuts” and a “heavily armed mob”? Really?
    I think the truth goes a little more like this.. The image above shows some supporters exercising their second amendment wrights in support of Mark Kessler.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    August 1, 2013

    “Reality” … Yes, really. We know they are gun nuts by virtue of the fact that they are rallying in support of the heat gun nut.

  5. #5 Reality
    The Valley of Truth
    August 1, 2013

    I’ll start off by fixing my typo in the last post.” *rights”…not “wrights”. -My bad

    Mob:
    Noun
    A large crowd of people, esp. one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence.

    Those two standing there, fingers off the trigger, do not appear disorderly at all. They actually seem quite civil.
    You also said they were from Gilberton. Says who? People showed from multiple states. Most if not all of the supporters who were carrying rifles kept quiet the entire day, and wouldn’t answer to media, so to say they are from the small town is pure speculation.
    If anyone yesterday formed any kind of mob, it was the group of people calling for Kessler’s termination.
    Your view of the event is so misconstrued, I can only assume you weren’t even there.

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    August 1, 2013

    Wow, I had no idea. Only two people showed up to support him and they were indifferent. Who knew?

    Also, this photograph was taken at an unknown location and time. I just randomly found it on the internet. Right?

    You don’t have to assume that I was there or not, you could just ask.

    Meanwhile, I have to ask: What is your stake in this? You say your name is “Reality” and you come from the “Valley of Truth” … but really we have no idea who you are, where you come from, or why anyone should listen to you. We can guess you are a gun nut, and we know you are a coward. Care to fill us in on any other details, “Reality?”

  7. #7 daedalus2u
    http://daedalus2u.blogspot.com/
    August 1, 2013

    If I were the insurance company that insures this town, I would cancel that policy ASAP.

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    August 1, 2013

    That is probably what the town council suddenly realized. They’ve got him suspended, now they can work with their lawyers.

    Problem is, it would not be a big surprise to find out that a majority of the gun and bible clinging voters that are left in that town after the good people were driven away want him back as chief and will vote their current reps out of office. This town may end up being put into state receivership. Or federal.

    I’m sure the gun nut mob will love that!

  9. #9 bandito
    August 2, 2013

    The greater percentage of those “gun nuts” if not all of them are not residents of Gilberton. They claim they were there to provide security but I seriously doubt the Mayor or any Council Members requested their presence. What they were there for was to intimidate the residents of this smalll hamlet which they were successful in doing. Quite ironic and hypocritical I might add since part of their “mission” is to protect our right to free speech and here they are supressing that same right of the actual Gilberton residents by instilling fear in them.

  10. #10 Doug Alder
    August 4, 2013

    I heard yesterday (Saturday 03) that he town’s insurance company was talking to them about their concerns. I’d bet that if they keep him on then their insurance premiums are going to skyrocket right out of sight.

    @banditi – c’mon you should know by know that only 2nd amendment gun nuts have 1rst amendment rights :(

  11. #11 Carlos
    August 31, 2013

    “Meanwhile, I have to ask: What is your stake in this? You say your name is “Reality” and you come from the “Valley of Truth” … but really we have no idea who you are, where you come from, or why anyone should listen to you. We can guess you are a gun nut, and we know you are a coward. Care to fill us in on any other details, “Reality?””

    What relevance does his ‘stake’ or identity have on his argument? Why does it matter? Planning to do an ad-hominem, Greg? Of course, you’ve already stooped to the level of lobbing personal attacks against someone because they pointed out a mistake you made in your post. Amusing how you masquerade yourself as promoting ‘rationality’ with responses like these.

  12. #12 David Benn Crawford
    October 14, 2013

    It is a good thing that this Troglodyte was hooked & pulled off stage.

    Because the Second Amendment has been so grievously abused, it will eventually have to be more strictly defined or repealed altogether. Without a prolonged grace period, that change would probably take an armed police action to enforce. It would be a horrible ordeal for all of us.

  13. #13 richard benton
    January 17, 2014

    what does the second amendment have to do with what is ACTUALLY HAPPENING in the world?Absolutely nothing. Guns have been, and always will be a very efficient way of killing anything that is in their crosshairs. All the political posturing, and macho attitude are just that.The current right wing aunchloss in this country has nothing to recommend itself to solve the real problems coming down the road for our culture.The Reagan era was a 29 year vacation from finding realistic solutions to our problems.(none of them are real conservatives-they are fanatical radicals)