Matthew McConaughey says he’s seen too many shootings in his lifetime and is sick of all the excuses for gun violence in this country, telling his fans that it’s time America took real action against this “epidemic we can control.”
Following the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas—McConaughey’s hometown— on Tuesday, the actor released a statement to his followers on social media. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,” he began. “The true call to action now is for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror, and ask ourselves, ‘What is it that we truly value? How do we repair the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state, and neighborhood tomorrow?’ We cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo.”
McConaughey went on to say, “As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it’s time we re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs. We have to rearrange our values and find a common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s issue.” The Oscar winner also pointed out that this is not a political issue, but one of safety and compassion for our fellow citizen. “This is an epidemic we can control,” he wrote, “and whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better. We must do better. Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in. Uvalde and the others before them have endured.” McConaughey concluded the post, “To those who dropped their loved ones off to school not knowing that today was goodbye, no words can comprehend or heal your loss, but if prayers can provide comfort, we will keep them coming.”
The actor’s statement comes one day after at least 19 students in second, third, and fourth grade and two teachers were killed during a mass shooting. Texas Governor Greg Abbott identified the shooter as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old who lived in Uvalde. He is also dead. Officials have not yet reported on a motive behind the attack.
In an address from the White House on Tuesday evening, President Joe Biden said, “I had hoped when I became president I would not have to do this again. To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away, there’s a hollowness in your chest, you feel like you’re going to be sucked into it and never going to be able to get out.” He then called on lawmakers to put forth common-sense gun reform legislation, saying, “Don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage. As a nation we have to ask, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name we will do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”
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