VIDEO: Democratic Congressional Candidate Pepper Sprays Himself In The Face For A Campaign Ad
While President Trump has advocated to increase school safety by issuing firearms to teachers, a move that would further burden already underpaid government employees, his Democratic opponents are suggesting non-lethal alternatives that seek to ensure school safety.
In Democratic congressional candidate Levi Tilleman’s new campaign ad, the congressional hopeful gets doused with a face full of pepper spray to show how effective it can be against armed aggressors, and that there’s no need for teachers to be armed with guns that might end in the accidental death of a student.
In the video, a member of Aurora, Colorado’s board of education cites a chilling statistic: more students have been killed in school shootings in 2018 than American troops in combat operations.
“We need common sense gun control in the U.S., but that’s not enough. There are 310 million guns in the U.S. and millions of assault-style weapons,” the board member says.
Asking his colleagues to consider trying “something new,” Tilleman advocates for giving teachers and schools access to non-lethal self-defense tools, like a can of pepper spray. “Pepper spray doesn’t cost much, and it can be safely stored in a ‘break glass in case of emergency’ cabinet.”
Tilleman than allows himself to be doused in the face with a stream of yellow-colored pepper spray. He makes his point; the effects of the spray look incredibly painful.
“It’s incredibly painful, and now I just can’t see anything,” Tilleman says during the video.
“It’s just unbearable,” he says a little later. “It’s like lava in your eyes.”
“Talk is cheap,” Tilleman continues. “Washington needs doers. It needs leaders to break through the partisan gridlock and build a better future. That starts with making our schools safe again.”
While it’s heartening to see an American politician willing to put his own comfort on the line for his policies (or votes, rather), Tilleman’s proposal probably has little chance of gaining traction. It’s probably too weak a measure for conservatives to get excited about, while being too aggressive for liberals at the same time. Republicans will probably wonder why it doesn’t make more sense for teachers to be armed with guns, and Democrats won’t be excited about burdening teachers with self-defense weapons.
In addition to his modest pepper-spray proposal, Tilleman supports a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, universal background checks, and a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases.