A Pennsylvania police chief who was suspended for using his town’s guns in a series of profanity-laced viral YouTube videos told Philadelphia’s WTXF that he doesn’t regret posting the videos for “shock and awe value,” even though he believes he could be fired.
“I don’t regret it because I believe I had an impact on a lot of people across the country,” Gilberton, Pa. police Chief Mark Kessler told WTXF in an interview that aired Monday. “You wouldn’t believe the tens of thousands of emails, and my phone doesn’t stop. [The support], it’s constant.”
Kessler said he thinks he’s likely to lose his job after a 16-year career over pressure from Gilberton’s insurers.
“My mayor had called me and told me that the borough is being pressured from our insurance carrier,” he told WTXF. “If I’m not disciplined or terminated, they’re going to drop the insurance for the entire borough.”
The suspended police chief was adamant that he is not a “villain,” as he said media outlets portray him, but a citizen standing up for gun rights. When pressed by WTXF, Kessler wouldn’t rule out allowing mentally ill people or children to possess firearms under the Second Amendment.
Watch the full interview with WTXF below:
[h/t Raw Story]
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