Matthew McConaughey wrote a heartbreaking note about his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, where an 18-year-old gunman ruthlessly killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school on Tuesday.
After learning of the horrors on his home soil, McConaughey called for action to end gun violence.
“As you all know, there was another mass shooting today, this time in my hometown of Uvalde, Texas,” the actor said wrote on social media.
“Once again, we have tragically proved that we are not responsible for the rights that grant us our freedoms.”
The Oscar winner urged Americans to “look longer and deeper in the mirror,” adding, “What is it that we really appreciate? 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?”
McConaughey called for an end to “excuses and acceptance of these tragic realities as the status quo.”
The actor, who moved to Longview, TX from Uvalde when he was 11, said the endless news of gun violence across the US is “an epidemic that we can control.”
“Which side of the aisle we’re on, we all know we can do better,” he continued. “Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before them had to endure.”
McConaughey urged Americans to find “common ground” to end the mass shootings once and for all.
“And for those who left loved ones today without knowing it was goodbye, no words can understand or heal their loss, but when prayers can bring comfort, we will continue to let them come,” he concluded.
McConaughey has previously described himself as a supporter of the Second Amendment and at the same time a supporter of stricter gun laws.
The actor has a long history of activism in his home state and even considered running for governor last year.
He eventually chose not to run for office in November.
“As a simple kid born in the small town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that one day I would be considered for political leadership,” McConaughey said at the time. “It’s a humbling and inspiring way to think. It’s also a path I’m not going to take at the moment.”
https://nypost.com/2022/05/25/matthew-mcconaughey-note-to-hometown-uvalde-after-texas-school-shooting/ Note from Matthew McConaughey to hometown Uvalde following the Texas school shooting