Matthew McConaughey has visited his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, following this week’s mass shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers.
On Tuesday (May 24) an 18-year-old gunman named Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Primary School in Uvalde. Officials said Ramos entered the school with a pistol and rifle.
The actor returned to his hometown on Friday (May 27) to comfort the community where he spent the first 12 years of his life.
The 52-year-old – whose mother Kay was a teacher at St Philip’s Episcopal School in Uvalde – visited staff in the town’s school district and posed for photos with them in their building.
Although the True detective star did not address the press during his visit, he was accompanied by Republican Rep. Tony Gonzalez, who thanked McConaughey for coming.
Gonzalez tweeted, “Thank you Matthew for helping to heal our community. Your visit brought so many smiling faces to Uvalde. See you soon my friend.”
After the shooting, a 2021 tweet in which Gonzales boasted about having voted against the bills aimed at strengthening screening and background checks for firearm purchases was shared widely on social media.
“I am a proud supporter of the Second Amendment and will do whatever it takes to fight gun grabs by the far left,” the politician wrote on Twitter at the time.
After the massacre, McConaughey said Americans needed to “find common ground” in “an epidemic we can control.”
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He emphasized how important it is for “every American to take a longer, deeper look in the mirror and ask, ‘What is it that we really value? How do we fix the problem? What small sacrifices can we personally make today to maintain a healthier and safer nation, state and neighborhood tomorrow?’”
That Interstellar star then pleaded for US citizens to “renegotiate our wishes from our needs”.
Other celebrities who shared their sadness at the incident include Taylor Swift, Chris Evans, rapper Offset, Elizabeth Banks and Jimmy Kimmel, among others.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/matthew-mcconaughey-texas-visit-shooting-b2089368.html Matthew McConaughey returns to hometown of Uvalde three days after Texas shooting to help ‘heal’ community