Just recently, Levi Tillemann, a democratic candidate campaigning for a seat in the US House of Representatives, released a new campaign advertisement in preparation for the upcoming election. In the video ad, which took idiocy to a new level, he absurdly suggested that the solution put forward by republicans to arm well-trained volunteers with firearms would lead to innocent kids being killed, and claimed that arming them with pepper spray was a better alternative.
The democratic House candidate then, quite stupidly, had someone spray him in the face with pepper spray in a desperate and failed attempt to prove his ridiculous assertion. Aside from him failing to support his claim by getting doused with pepper spray, it’s also hard to believe that other democrats in Colorado really want to be represented by this sort of insanity.
“In just a few years, he’ll be in school and Donald Trump wants to give his teacher a gun?” asked Choi, as if having armed and well-trained volunteers to protect students from school shooters somehow made school children less safe instead of safer.
“More students have been killed in school shootings in 2018 than US troops in combat operations. We need common sense gun control, but that’s not enough. There are 310 million guns in the US, and millions of assault-style weapons,” added Kevin Cox, a member of Aurora Public Schools Board of Education.
By saying this, Cox is basically suggesting that the lives lost in school shootings are the consequence of not having strict enough gun control. This suggestion, however, could not be further from the truth. The school shootings weren’t utterly devastating because of poor gun control, but rather, because schools are guns free zones. Look at the statistics.
Following their ridiculous comments, Tillemann appeared on-screen and stated, “Washington needs more doers, and innovators. That’s why I am running for US Congress. I’m calling on Congress to stop talking past each other and try something new. Empower schools and teachers with non-lethal self-defense tools, like this can of pepper spray.”
He then picked up a small canister of pepper spray and held it up to the camera. “Pepper spray doesn’t cost much, and it can be safely stored in a ‘break-glass-in-case-of-emergency’ cabinet, but it’s powerful and it won’t accidentally kill a kid,” he added, noting, “trust me, this will stop anyone in their tracks.”
Except, of course, if the person spraying it has been shot.
To support his ludicrous assertion that pepper spray will keep children safer than firearms during a school shooting, the democratic candidate then had someone use the can of pepper spray on the face for several seconds.
Upon doing so, a disclaimer, which stated, “this is dangerous, do not attempt,” appeared at the bottom of the video as if he were one of the lunatics from Jackass. After having his eyes doused with pepper spray, he then rushed over to a tank of soapy water and dunked his head in.
“It’s incredibly painful and now I just can’t see anything!” exclaimed Tillemann.
“Wow. That’s intense. It’s just unbearable. It’s like lava in your eyes,” added the democratic candidate before using more water to try and flush out his eyes.
“I can still barely see anything,” he continued, noting, “I just see white.”
As he continued flushing his eyes out with water, several statistics were displayed on-screen. One of the pointed out that there were 300 million guns in the United States. Another mentioned that out of all of the firearms in the country, more than 3.1 million are assault-style weapons.
A third statistic brought up the number of mass shootings and school shootings that have occurred so far this year. As previously explained, however, this statistic is skewed.
“For less than $1 per person in the US, we can have a secured canister of pepper spray in every classroom in America,” reasoned Tillemann toward the end of the video advertisement.
Before concluding, he added, “I’ll go to the mat for kids and our community, not Washington insiders and corporations. Talk is cheap. 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.”
Clearly, though, there are numerous problems with the democratic candidate’s proposal. For starters, a school shooter could easily protect themselves from pepper spray by wearing protection over their eyes. On top of this, whoever has the pepper sprayer would likely be killed by the armed attack long before they’re able to get close enough to use it with any effect.
Disturbingly, Tillemann isn’t the only person pushing for an utterly misguided solution to school shootings. A few months ago, for instance, administrators with the Millcreek Township School District in Pennsylvania spent roughly $1,800 to arm 500 teachers mini baseball bats that could be supposedly be used as a last resort to protect students from an armed attacker.
Fortunately, however, while the democratic candidate in Colorado and the school officials in Pennsylvania are advocating for ideas that wouldn’t ultimately keep children as safe as possible during a school shooting, there are others who are doing so.
For example, in the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock), who lived through the tragic 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting introduced a bill, known as “HB18-1037,” that would remove concealed carry restrictions in schools if passed. By doing so, the teachers and other school employees would be able to bring their properly licensed firearms onto campus to protect students against a school shooter if necessary.
Without a doubt, shooting young children while they’re at school is one of the worst things that a person could possibly do. To stop this from happening, though, liberals need to focus on solutions that would actually keep children safe, like having more armed guards at schools, instead of ridiculous solutions that would ultimately do very little to stop a school shooter.