Hey, Let’s Change Some Things

Hey, Let’s Change Some Things

Hannah’s video (which I mention): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maIqBhtTxrQ

In this episode of Vlogbrothers, whether you’re 5 or 95, HANK GIVES YOU HOMEWORK! Because I know that’s what you’re here for. Boom.

In America, every person has two senators that represent them in the Senate, they are the senators for your state. You also have a representative, you can find out who your congress people are here: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

Then you can google those people and find their addresses. You can also google them along with any issue and find a fair amount about how they vote on stuff.

You also have people who represent you at the state level…you should feel free to write one of them a letter as well.

If you live somewhere else, use your fingers and push on the letters on your physical or software based keyboard until Google / wikipedia tells you how your country works. I do not know.

You wanna look at my letters? Oh, how intimate!

I basically sent the same letter to both Steve Daines (Senate) and Ryan Zinke (House) who have very similar positions. It’s this one:

To the Honorable Steve Daines,
My name is Hank Green, I own a business in Missoula creating education media. I’m proud to employ over 20 Montanans. We just moved into a nice new office downtown if you would ever like to come visit.

I am writing this in the wake of the attacks in Orlando. Not only were 49 people killed in that night club but, the night before, a colleague of mine, Christina Grimmie, was killed by a man with a violent history who had purchased two guns the week before.

I know that we are Montanans and that guns are a part of our history and our culture. I have no interest in ending my neighbors access to firearms. However, we have a problem, and we need to take steps to address it. I believe it is time for you to consider a change in your position. I would like that you consider working to:

1. Ban the sale or transfer of assault rifles such as the ones used in the Orlando, Aurora, and San Bernardino murders.
2. Allow the CDC to study gun violence as a public health issue.

I know this is a lot to ask, and that it is unlikely that you will change your heart on any of these issues. But after losing my friend, and knowing so many others did this weekend as well, I could not, in good conscience, move forward without asking this of you.

Thank you for your public service,

Hank Green
Montanan, business owner, and educator.

This one is to Jon Tester…we agree more often:

To the Honorable Jon Tester
My name is Hank Green, I own a business in Missoula creating education media. I’m proud to employ over 20 Montanans. We just moved into a nice new office downtown if you would ever like to come visit.

I am writing this in the wake of the attacks in Orlando. Not only were 49 people killed in that night club but, the night before, a colleague of mine, Christina Grimmie, was killed by a man with a violent history who had purchased two guns the week before.

I would like to thank you for your support of common sense gun regulations. You provide the exact kind of leadership on this issue that I would ask of you. I know this is not an easy position to have in Montana, and that your moderate views hurt you. Don’t think that goes unnoticed.

After the recent shootings, I’d like to ask you to work in Congress for the following:

1. A ban on high-capacity magazines for rifles
2. Re-instating funding for the CDC to study and fund the study of gun violence as a public health issue.

I am very pleased to be able to support you and look forward to doing so in 2018. Thank you for your public service,

Hank Green
Montanan, business owner, and educator.

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20 Responses

  1. Girl in a Trance says:

    This is a good idea! This year was the first year I was able to vote
    (Scotland only) and my interest in government peaked. It really
    disappointed me when a lot of my friends didn’t honour the vote. We have
    the EU vote coming up but once that has past I’ll write a letter, I want it
    to get full attention and it won’t at the moment.

  2. Brandon Rector says:

    Done. But FYI, I did it WHILE watching a movie.

  3. Cat1911 says:

    “Ban on assault weapons” you are a real idiot, you know that. “O goodness
    guns are the problem” like really, really???? You are reeeeeal stupid. You
    are a real disgrace

  4. Tyler Tyndale says:

    What if we are 13

  5. John Doe says:

    Assault rifles have been banned for 30 years, Hank…
    I thought you’d know this at least.

  6. Tiberius says:

    You should be grateful living in a democratic country. I live in a fucking
    dictatorship where no body cares about the opinion of the people

  7. John Van Hof says:

    Watching Crash course and then Dr who

  8. aluminumfoilman says:

    Hank, I think one of the main problems that prevents people from
    communicating on this issue is that many outspoken proponents of gun
    regulation treat assault rifles and “assault weapons” as synonyms, whereas
    people who know a bit more about guns use stricter definitions. If it can’t
    fire more than one bullet with a single trigger pull, then it doesn’t fit
    the stricter definition of an assault rifle. Those sorts of automatic
    weapons are already banned in the US (Firearm Owners Protection Act of
    1986), and the only ones around are very difficult and expensive to obtain,
    and were not used in the shootings you mentioned in your letter. I’m afraid
    that your pro-gun representative is just going to wonder why you want to
    ban something that’s already banned, and your letter won’t have
    accomplished much.

    If we want to start changing people’s minds we need to start speaking their
    language. After spending some time trying to understand both sides of the
    issue, I think the best way forward is to focus on improving our system for
    registration and background-checks (keep guns away from people who
    shouldn’t have them), mandatory safety training (develop a respect for
    firearms and reduce accidents), and some reasonable restrictions on things
    that actually effect a weapons lethality (ammo type, capacity, and
    concealability).

    That said, thanks for the video. I’ll try to have my homework in by Monday
    :)

  9. Curtis Millar says:

    With an election here just around the corner, this probably even more worth
    doing.

  10. shadowx089 says:

    I can’t support this, its biased. Depending on how you’re raised you will
    see it one way or the other. You either had guns all your life or you still
    don’t have one. Again, citizens don’t trust the government, we created it
    but each generation becomes less involved each year and eventually it just
    runs itself independently from the public. This causes the public to fear
    its own system and they don’t want to let go of their military weapons due
    to fear and paranoia that may be unjustified but within the realm of
    reality.

  11. Looking 4 love in Alderon places says:

    I would think that someone as “smart” as you wouldn’t be so ill informed
    about this issue. Assault weapons aren’t easily available or legal to own
    without a permit. semiautomatic rifles are available but there’s no
    difference between an “assault rifle” like the AR 15 and a plain old semi
    automatic hunting rifle other than looks. The “innards” are the same it’s
    just the appearance that is different and on an “assault rifle” there’s
    more room for customization and larger magazines.

  12. Megan Hoffman says:

    I already did this 2 days ago because Hannah Hart. So since I finished my
    homework early, can I go play outside??

  13. 99thTuesday says:

    I feel like I might wait a few weeks. Not because I don’t want to do this
    but because there’s an election soon in my country and having worked for
    politicians in the past, all constituent work such as reading letters is
    shelved until after the election.

  14. William Sullivan says:

    What the liberal media says about guns isn’t 100 percent true. So take what
    both them and this guy say with a grain of salt. He is not fully educated
    on the matter, he don’t know shit.

  15. PinkChucky15 says:

    I love this assignment, I’m doing it!

  16. The Downtrodden says:

    you should realize taking away peoples right to defend them self isn’t
    going to make you any safer

  17. Jasmine Jack says:

    I’m currently watching this at 01:48am (I live in England) because I just
    finished work. I will do this later on today ?

  18. aguywitha namecalledsomething says:

    Now, did all 6k who liked that video actually do the assignment?

  19. Dana V says:

    full auto is very inefficient and ammo waisting. if he would have had a
    full auto weapon he would have ran out of ammo very quickly and most likley
    a majority of the rounds would have landed in the walls or some where else.
    let’s pose this for second. Imagine if you will not nessarily in this
    situation but in many like it; while the police are ducking behind their
    cars safely outside, someone had their own means of protection, how.
    differently could things be in these situations. Obviously gun free zones
    are sitting duck zones.

  20. Carlos Chavez says:

    No nigga