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Matthew McConaughey Calls for Action After Mass Shooting in Hometown

Matthew McConaughey Calls for Action After Mass Shooting in Hometown

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Matthew McConaughey recently took to Instagram and Twitter to share his thoughts on the devastating mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman took the lives of 19 children and 2 adults.

In his post, McConaughey calls the onslaught of mass shootings in America an "epidemic" and speaks on the irresponsibility of Americans.

"As you are all aware, there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas. Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us."

For years, the issue of gun reform has divided the country. This recent shooting in Uvalde is the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. since 2012, when a gunman opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary School. McConaughey writes that regardless of the stance people take, we all know "we must do better." He calls on "Americans, Texans, mothers, and fathers" to help bring an end to mass shootings in the country.

"We have to rearrange our values and find a common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children's issue. This is an epidemic we can control."

He continues,

"Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before them have endured."

This wouldn't be the first time the actor got political. In November 2021, McConaughey mentioned in a video posted to Twitter and Instagram that he'd been "considering a run for governor of Texas." Two weeks before the deadline for filing for candidate, the 52-year-old announced he wouldn't be running, according to the New York Times.

He has also been vocal on his stance on gun reform. In 2018, McConaughey attended a protest in Austin, Texas, which was in support of the "March For Our Lives" rally in Washington D.C. The protests were organized by survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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