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Matthew McConaughey calls for gun control in US op-ed

Matthew McConaughey has written a column calling for stricter gun control laws in the United States.

The actor, who was born in Uvalde, Texas, where a school mass shooting took place last month, cited background checks, minimum gun age and mandatory waiting periods before purchasing assault rifles as measures reducing the incidence of mass shootings in America. He also wrote with urgency about the need for more mental health care resources.

McConaughey returned to his hometown, where his mother had worked as a school teacher, three days after the May 24 mass shooting that killed 19 children and two adults. An 18-year-old gunman named Salvador Ramos opened fire on Robb Elementary School with a pistol and rifle, officials said.

writing in Austin American statesman, McConaughey described his personal motivation for getting involved in the gun control debate that was reignited in the wake of the tragedy: “I’m an American father, son of a kindergarten teacher. I was also born in Uvalde, Texas.”

In his op-ed, which recognizes and supports the right to private gun ownership under the Second Amendment, McConaughey advocates measures that he believes would prevent “dangerous people” from having access to firearms. He urged bipartisanship on the hot issue of American politics.

“There is no constitutional bar to gun responsibility. Keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals is not only responsible but also the best way to protect the Second Amendment. We can do both.”

McConaughey, who previously “considered” running for office in his home state of Texas, won an Oscar in 2013 for his role in the film Dallas Buyers ClubIn it she played a stripper Magic Mikeand starred in the first season of the crime drama True detective.

Today (June 6), the actor called for four “appropriate actions to restore responsible gun ownership.”

These measures also include “Red Flag Laws” that “authorize family members or law enforcement to petition courts to temporarily prevent anyone who may pose a threat to themselves or others from purchasing firearms or gaining access.” to get to them”. The Uvalde gunman bought two AR-15 rifles in the days leading up to the shooting.

You can read McConaughey’s full comment here.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/matthew-mcconaughey-us-gun-control-uvalde-b2094965.html Matthew McConaughey calls for gun control in US op-ed

JOE HERNANDEZ

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