"Gun violence is a really important issue to me because I have this radical belief that every life matters," says Hart

By Nicole Sands
June 23, 2016 09:35 PM

Hannah Hart is leading by example when it comes to combating gun violence.

“Gun violence is a really important issue to me because I have this radical belief that every life matters,” the YouTube star told PEOPLE backstage at VidCon 2016 on Thursday.

In the days following the mass shooting in Orlando earlier in June, Hart posted a call-to-action video on her YouTube page and made it a priority to list every state in this country that is still willing to sell “military grade firearms” to people on the no-fly list.

“I was amazed, amazed, amazed by how many people felt like there was nothing they could do to participate in government,” she said after her interview on the INSTANT stage presented by PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly at VidCon 2016. “No, no, no, guys – we can participate in government, we just have to actually do it.”

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“I’m afraid of you – I’m afraid that you don t care or, worse, I’m afraid that you’ve tricked yourself into think that you care, but you haven t done anything,” Hart says in her emotional video, which titled “I’m Afraid of You” and has been viewed almost 1 million times since she posted it to her YouTube channel on June 14.

“A lot people are going to say that they’re sad, a lot of people are going to say thoughts and prayers, and while prayers and thoughts are wonderful and important and good,” she continues. “[But] they’re not as important as taking action and aligning yourself with your thoughts and prayers, so if you really wanna help, then you have to help.”

For more information about how to reach out to your representatives in Washington, D.C. and to find out what they’re doing about the gun-violence epidemic and let them know what you think of their strategy, please see our PEOPLE Call to Action here, where you will find phone numbers and contact information for all 535 voting members of the U.S. House and Senate

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