“Once again, we have tragically proved that we are not responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,” the 52-year-old actor said in a statement posted to his social media accounts.
“The real call to action now is for every American to look longer and deeper in the mirror and ask themselves, ‘What do we really value? How can we fix the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually make today to maintain a healthier and safer nation, state and neighborhood tomorrow?’ We cannot exhale again, apologize and accept these tragic realities as the status quo,” he said.
McConaughey urged all Americans to “renegotiate our wants from our needs,” adding that “we need to realign our values and find common ground about this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s problem “.
“This is an epidemic that we can control and whichever side of the aisle we may be on, we all know we can do better. We have to do better. Measures must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and others before them endured.
“To those who have brought their loved ones to school not knowing that today was a goodbye, no words can understand or heal your loss, but when prayers can bring comfort, we will make sure they come.”
The star of movies like ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ has maintained a close relationship with his home state — and last year he weighed a run for governor.
When he decided not to run, he said in part, “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 would. It’s a humbling and inspiring way to think about it. It’s also a path I’m not going to take at the moment.”
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