Jake Paul Meets with School Shooting Survivors to Promote Gun Control
Just over a week after 17 students and teachers were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Jake Paul announced that he’d be taking a break from vlogging so he could take “some time to go and help some people.” There were rumors that the 21-year-old headed down to the Sunshine State to help in any way he could, similar to what he did after Hurricane Harvey swept through Houston, Texas, but his trip wasn’t confirmed until yesterday.
The YouTube star finally showed fans what he was doing during his break from making videos in his most recent vlog. He did, in fact, travel to Parkland with Erika Costell to meet with survivors of the school shooting and their families. He also was able to set up a call with Senator Marco Rubio via Skype, which was featured in the video.
“Can you explain some of the struggles around passing laws?” JP asks.
The 46-year-old give a pretty confusing answer (if you can even call it that) and basically avoided the question. Rubio accepted thousands of dollars from the National Rifle Association (NRA) during his campaign trail.
Jake finished the video by promising to donate $25,000 so he can “help be a part of this cause” and said he’ll pay for two busses to take students to the March For Our Lives rally in Washington D.C. on March 24. He then tweeted a five “gun reform changes” the United States needs.
Gun Reform changes we need in my opinion.
1. be at least 21 to buy a gun
2. Go through a 6 month minimum course (similar to a drivers license course)
3. Professional Mental Heath evaluation
4. Ban Gun shows now!
5. 30 day wait period after purchase to receive firearm pic.twitter.com/pe7YXgLcR5
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) March 12, 2018
But interestingly enough, Jake actually has a rifle tattooed on his left thigh and has featured similar weapon in previous videos.
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) March 12, 2018
This is causing quite a debate on social media, with some saying the ink proves he doesn’t really care about gun control and others saying a previous choice shouldn’t override the cause he’s trying to stand behind today.
.Hey Jake, if you're so serious about gun control, why not start by removing the rifle tattoo from your thigh: pic.twitter.com/mScGQsDEDq
— Red Pill Philosophy (@RedPillTweets) March 13, 2018
But you have a gun tattoo…
— jessica furtado (@jessfurtado_20) March 13, 2018
This is brilliant a step in the right direction, a couple of questions , do you regret having your gun tattoos and posting up vlogs with you brandishing and glamorising machine guns? it’s not hate, just debate.
— Okse (@okse) March 13, 2018
If don't like guns then why do you have a tattoo of one on your leg
— michael southers (@michael09131989) March 12, 2018
Well you weren't 21 and were holding guns n getting tattoos n Probably even shooting them
— Lupita Arias (@ARIASLUPITA) March 12, 2018
.@jakepaul tried to help to stop school shooting
*Insted of focusing on the video and some good points and advice in it, all the people on the internet started roasting him and focusing on his gun tattoo…
I can see what is wrong with our society.
— Joanna (@jerikaxfan) March 12, 2018