Gilberton council

Gilberton council shows its support for Second Amendment

by John E. Usalis, Republican Herald  |  published on January 27, 2013

The national debate about gun control came to Gilberton on Thursday evening as the borough council unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the right to bear arms as declared in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The “Second Amendment Preservation Resolution” was composed by borough police Chief Mark Kessler, who has been watching the news on gun rights and gun control and decided to show where he stands on the issue.

“I’m a Second Amendment supporter, and over the past four years I’ve been watching what’s going on in Washington specifically,” Kessler said. “After the school shooting, these guys are going to do something against the Second Amendment. They’ve been trying for long before my time.”

The complete text of the Second Amendment reads: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

“My heart goes out to the victims and families, especially the children,” Kessler said. “That’s what really drove me to do whatever I can for my little community and the people I serve.”

The resolution also includes support of Section 21 of Article 1 of the Pennsylvania Constitution that reads: “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.”

Kessler said that whatever motivated the shooter, Adam Lanza, to gun down 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012, he said Lanza’s actions does not mean he loses his rights as a United States citizen.

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