Incredibly popular and often controversial YouTuber Jake Paul took a week off of vlogging in order to meet with both Marco Rubio and the students of Parkland, Florida. He and Erica Costell have sworn to find a solution to school shootings, and donated $25,000 to the Parkland High students and is funding buses to help take students to the March For Our Lives -- the anti gun march happening on Saturday, March 24th. Although many criticize Jake Paul for his portrayal of guns in the past — including using assault rifles in his videos and getting an assault rifle tattooed on his thigh, his dedication to ending gun violence is very involved and seems sincere. The YouTube star even Tweeted out a five step proposal to curb gun violence which included ending gun shows, raising the age with which one can buy a gun, and extending the waiting period to thirty days between purchase and obtaining of a gun. Here to discuss this story are our hosts, Meghan Tonjes and Ryan Mitchell — and our special guest, Orion Carloto. Orion is the founder of the suicide prevention campaign, “Seize the Awkward”, and is promoting her new book “Flux”.
As for the Jake Paul story — Meghan is excited to see Jake Paul put his efforts and energy to something that’s not — as Orion interjected — annoying. Meghan even imagines that Jake Paul could have tried to raise awareness with something as tasteless as a school shooting prank, so Meghan is glad he’s using his pulpit for good. Orion talks about how his vast audience has a cult like following, and she’s glad he’s using it for good. However, she worries for the next shoe to drop. Ryan however is hopeful about it, because Jake Paul DID do something positive, and the internet’s skepticism and negativity may be out of place. Let’s celebrate the guy for doing something good!
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