So Jake took a week off of vlogging for some important business: to end school shootings.
Jake, who has a large machine gun tattooed on his thigh, posted a 21-minute documentary titled "It's Time To End School Shootings" where he went to Parkland to interview Stoneman Douglas shooting survivors and also Sen. Marco Rubio via Skype.
Here are the 5 steps he suggested:
1. All classroom doors have bulletproof windows
2. Schools have more resource officers
3. Social media has a larger responsibility to flag concerning content
4. Bulletproof shield for laptop cases and backpacks
5. Check-in point for campus entrance
He also later tweeted a few more, which include age restrictions on purchasing guns, mandatory courses before purchasing, mental health evaluations, banning gun shows, and 30 day wait periods.
While a bit ridiculous coming from Jake Paul, I actually think these are pretty decent ideas. I'll start with my concerns about these ideas and move on to why I generally like them.
The biggest concern is that Jake doesn't really look at the costs when providing these suggestions.
While probably not an issue in the richer schools like the one Jake went to, many schools are lacking in supplies, equipment, and resources.
Where do they get money for more check-in points and officers, and bulletproof windows? The government? Don't make me laugh, Jake.
Check-in points are a thing in many schools already.....most people hate it. It's a good price to pay to prevent school shootings, but feasibility and execution wise, very hard.
Bullet proof shields....Now that's a billion dollar idea. Bullet proof jackets are around $200 on the cheaper end. How much do you think a bullet-proof backpack or laptop cover will be?
You might be able to afford a mansion, but many can barely afford rent, let alone a $100+ backpack or laptop cover.
But I don't want to be too critical here. I actually think this is a good video for Jake to make.
I'm glad he made this video in fact. While impractical, many of his suggestions are on the right path and are encouraging discussions about this incredibly important issue.
I like that Jake is using his platform to promote important discussions. His tweeted ideas from banning gun shows to adding permits, to me, seem very practical and useful.
I hope Jake keeps sharing these ideas. While sometimes not practical, they are directionally very correct.
What do you guys think of Jake's School Shooting ideas?