Mark Kessler, 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.
Chief Mark Kessler’s profanity-laced, politically caustic, pro-Constitution and Second Amendment message went viral. And now those carrying the guns to a public meeting in a sleepy town are hailing Kessler as a national Second Amendment leader.
“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.
As for all the profanity, the shooting and the verbal zings of prominent national Democrats, Zangaro defended Kessler, saying that he only “started getting louder and desperate” when gun rights were threatened.
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.”