Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey once again speaks out about the need for gun reform after 21 people – 19 of them children – were killed in a shooting in his hometown in Texas.
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Matthew McConaughey raved about the need for gun reform during a White House press conference on Tuesday.
The actor called on politicians on both sides to act after the tragic school shooting in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 elementary school students and two teachers dead.
He told the room that the best way to honor the lives of those who died in the tragedy was to make a difference to the safety of the country.
He talked about how he and his wife Camila spent a lot of time talking to the families of the victims and called on those in power to make a positive change for the future of the country.
The Hollywood star said: “How can these families continue to honor these deaths? By keeping the dreams of these children and teachers alive.
“While we honor and acknowledge the victims, we need to realize that this time it looks different.
“There’s a feeling that maybe there’s a viable path ahead.”
He added that everyone seemed ready to sit down and discuss a change in the future and said that something “could be done”.
The actor’s speech is the latest in an attempt to publicize his views. Hours after the attack, he took to social media to call for gun reform in a lengthy statement.
It begins: “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are not responsible for the rights our freedoms have granted us.
“The real call to action now is for every American to look deeper and longer in the mirror, and ask ourselves, ‘What do we really value? healthier and safer states and neighborhoods tomorrow?’
“We cannot breathe out again, make excuses and accept these tragic realities as the status quo.”
He described the mass shootings the country was experiencing as an “epidemic” but insisted they could control it as long as they “do better”.
He added: “Action needs to be taken so that no parent has to go through what parents in Uvalde and others have before they have to.”
He then concluded with an emotional message to those directly affected: “And for those who abandoned their loved ones today without knowing it was goodbye, no words may understand or heal your loss, but if prayers can bring comfort, we will help them move on.”
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