Actor Matthew McConaughey, born in Uvalde, Texas, spoke out on Tuesday about an elementary school shooting in his hometown that killed two teachers and 19 children.
In a statement, McConaughey offered his condolences to the families affected by the tragedy and urged Americans to act “so that no parent has to go through what Uvalde’s parents and others before them have endured.” On Tuesday, a gunman barricaded himself inside and opened fire on a fourth-grade class at Robb Elementary School.
“As you all know, there was another mass shooting today, this time in my hometown of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a social media post.
“Once again, we have tragically proven that we are not responsible for the rights that our freedoms grant us. The real call to action now is for every American to look longer and deeper in the mirror and ask, “What do we really value? How to fix the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually make today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state and neighborhood tomorrow? »
The massacre that occurred this week in the town of about 16,000 people, located about 80 km from the Mexican border, marks the deadliest school shooting in the United States since a gunman killed 20 first-graders, four teachers, a director and a school. psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut almost 10 years ago.
“We cannot breathe out once again, make excuses and accept these tragic realities as the status quo,” McConaughey continued in his statement.
“As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it’s time to reevaluate and negotiate our wants from our needs. We need to reorganize our values and find common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s problem.
This isn’t the first time McConaughey has looked at gun violence or called the frequent shootings in the United States an epidemic. Following the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Oscar-winning actor expressed concern that the March for Our Lives movement was being “hijacked” by people who “didn’t want weapons from the everything”.
Noting that he has “lots of friends who own guns” and “lots of friends who are NRA,” McConaughey said in 2018 that he was for “lawful and just responsible gun ownership. to fire – but against assault rifles, against unlimited magazines, and for regulatory tracking.
McConaughey is one of many public figures who have lamented the Uvalde tragedy, as well as other massacres — including recent shootings in Buffalo, NY, and Laguna Woods, Calif. — that preceded it.
Other entertainment luminaries who have reacted include Taylor Swift, Simu Liu, Quinta Brunson, Rachel Zegler, Amanda Gorman, Mario Lopez and Olivia Rodrigo, who called for “stricter gun control” on Tuesday during a concert in Los Angeles.
“This is an epidemic we can control, and no matter which side of the aisle we stand on, we all know we can do better. We have to do better,” McConaughey said.
“It takes action…And for those who dropped off their loved ones today not knowing it was a goodbye, no words can understand or heal your loss, but if prayers can bring comfort, we will. come.”