Colorado Democratic candidate gets pepper-sprayed in the face to prove a point about guns in new ad

Former Obama administration official and progressive House candidate sprayed himself in the face with pepper spray last week as part of a call to combat school violence.

Tillemann made headlines last year after he secretly recorded House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md) urging him to drop out of a primary race against leading candidate Jason Crow in Colorado according to a report by The Hill.

This time, Tilleman is making headlines once again but for another bizarre reason.  In an effort to reduce school violence and refrain from arming teachers as the Trump administration has suggested, he’s urging schools and teachers to use non-lethal self-defense tools like pepper spray instead.

“I’m calling on Congress to stop talking past each other and try something new,” he says in the ad.

Empower schools and teachers with non-lethal self-defense tools, like this can of pepper spray.”

He then alleges that pepper spray is just as effective as guns when it comes to self-defense.

“It’s powerful, but it won’t accidentally kill a kid,” he continues.

Tillemann proceeds to spray himself in the face with the pepper spray then quickly dunks his head into a bucket of water before he’s sprayed with a hose to combat the intense burning sensation. “It’s incredibly painful, and now I just can’t see anything,” he says.

“Wow, that’s intense.”

See the ad above. 

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