GILBERTON - Two controversial YouTube videos filmed by Gilberton police Chief Mark Kessler have plenty of people watching, with one video getting thousands of views as more people hear about it.
As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, there were 31,319 views of Kessler's second video titled, "Chief Mark Kessler, I'm sorry for hurting feelings," up from 3,280 views at 10 p.m. Monday. According to YouTube, both videos were posted July 15. The first video had 5,449 views as of Tuesday night.
The second video is Kessler's response to comments made by viewers of the first video, which criticized comments by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the Obama administration would sign a United Nations treaty on arms regulation - passed by the U.N. General Assembly on April 2 - despite bipartisan opposition in Congress. The treaty includes establishing national rules that would regulate arms brokers and attempt to control transfer of conventional arms and their components.
Kessler defended the videos, saying
Kessler said the videos are his commentary on constitutional freedoms and do not carry over to his duties as police chief.
"You don't see me going out and dragging people out of their vehicles and beating on them. You don't see me doing anything like that," said Kessler, referring to YouTube videos that show police committing violent acts. "Did I use some vulgar language? Absolutely. Is it my right to do that? Absolutely. It's the First Amendment. Did I fire off a gun? Absolutely. Was I shooting at anyone? I was not. That's my right under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms. Some people are just trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, as far as I'm concerned."
As Eric Dolan over at Raw Story notes, his coloful language consisted mainly of a profanity-laced tirade against liberals.
Kessler has uploaded several profanity-laced videos to YouTube. In one video, Kessler berates “libtards” and warns of an armed rebellion against the government.
“F*ck all you libtards out there, as a matter of fact, read my shirt,” he says, turning around to show a message on his back which read, “Liberals take it in the a**.”
“You take it in the ass and I don’t give a f*ck what you say so you can all just go f*ck yourselves. Period. I wont be going to D.C. and I don’t give a f*ck. If you f*cking maniacs want to turn this into an armed revolt, knock yourselves out. I’m not about that, so see you on the other side.”