- The Hollywood actor spoke about the Uvalde shooting.
- Joe Biden met with Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey.
- Uvalde is McConaughey’s hometown.
Oscar-winning actor, Matthew McConaughey, had spoken out on social media after the Uvalde massacre in which nineteen children and two teachers were shot dead at an elementary school in the actor’s hometown on May 24 by an 18-year-old wielding a rifle.
President Joe Biden met briefly with the actor on Tuesday and they discussed gun reform measures, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. Since the school shooting, many celebrities have joined the movement to examine gun control in the US.
What did Matthew McConaughey say?
Many celebrities from around the world spoke about the terrible event in Uvalde, where 19 children were victims of a massacre. The shooting was carried out by an 18-year-old boy identified as Salvador Ramos. He was killed at the scene in a confrontation with police.
Matthew McConaughey was one of the celebrities who took to Twitter to share his feelings about what happened in his hometown: “This is an epidemic that we can control, and whichever side we stand on, we all know we can do better. We must do better.”
Matthew McConaughey meets with Biden about gun reform
Matthew McConaughey had a brief conversation with the president of the United States, Joe Biden. The actor shared four proposals on responsible gun ownership which could help prevent more shootings. However, the actor pointed out that he is not in favor of banning gun ownership.
McConaughey, 52, also appeared at a White House news conference. He held up photos of some of the children who were killed and talked about their families, what they were wearing the day they were shot and what they wanted to be when they grew up.
McConaughey’s moving words
“He’s here today to call on congressional leaders to take bipartisan action to end the senseless killing and pass reasonable gun accountability measures that we know will save lives,” said Jean-Pierre about the actor’s visit.
The actor also went through a brief biography of each of the victims, at one point pounding his fist on the lectern with emotion.“So while we honor and acknowledge the victims, we need to recognize that this time it seems that something is different. There is a sense that perhaps there is a viable path forward,”he said.
Matthew McConaughey does not want to ban gun ownership
The actor also stated that he does not support gun control, but gun responsibility, as there is a difference between the two. “The first is a mandate that can violate our right; the second is a duty that will preserve it. Keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous people is not only the most responsible thing to do, it is the best way to protect the Second Amendment.”
“We can do both”he points out. “How can these families continue to honor these deaths by keeping the dreams of these children and teachers alive?” asked the actor. “While we honor and acknowledge the victims, we must recognize that this time, it appears that something is different.”
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