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Hey, Let's Change Some Things

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Published on Jun 17, 2016

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

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.

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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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