Following the tragedy in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children and three adults were slain, Matthew McConaughey is speaking out. McConaughey, 52, addressed the incident on Instagram Tuesday night.
“As you are all aware, another mass shooting occurred today, this time in Uvalde, Texas, which is where I grew up. Once again, we have sadly demonstrated that we are incapable of being accountable for the rights that our liberties bestow “McConaughey started with a long, moving remark.
He then went on to say, “The true call to action now is for every American to look in the mirror and ask, “What do we actually value?” What are the options for resolving the issue? What tiny sacrifices can we make today to ensure a healthier and safer country, state, and community tomorrow?’ We can no longer exhale, make excuses, or accept these awful truths as the norm.”
McConaughey urged Americans, as well as his fellow Texans, mothers and fathers, to come together and find common ground.
“It’s time we re-evaluate and renegotiate our wants from our necessities as Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers,” McConaughey said. “We need to reorder our principles and find common ground above this awful American reality that has tragically become our children’s concern.”
The Dallas Buyer’s Club actor described the shooting as part of a wider epidemic that can be controlled.
“We can control this epidemic, and we all know we can do better, regardless of whatever side of the aisle we stand. We need to improve our performance “He stuck to his guns. “Action must be made to ensure that no parent goes through what the parents of Uvalde and others have gone through.”
“And to those who dropped off their loved ones today without realising it was goodbye, no words can grasp or cure your loss,” McConaughey said.
According to the most recent police reports, a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, killing 19 pupils and two instructors.
The Oscar winner spent his first 16 years of life near Uvalde, Texas. In 2020, he returned to the town for the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce’s centenary commemoration, bringing his mother and brother along for an hour-long discussion.
Matthew’s brother Rooster stated at the time, “So many successful individuals came and learnt and left this place and went out and kicked ass.” “The people who reside here benefit from this town.”
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Kay McConaughey, Matthew’s mother, taught kindergarten at St. Philip’s Episcopal School. The school is four minutes away from the Robb Elementary School, which was the scene of the incident on Tuesday.
Both of Kay’s sons underlined how good of a teacher mom was during the centennial event, even as they mocked her about her lack of teaching qualifications. Her willingness to ditch her coursework in favour of more meaningful experiences was praised by the males.
In the year 2020, Kay commented, “Uvalde was the most ideal area to raise children.” The entire family spent their time amazed at the kindness with which their former neighbours welcomed them. Matthew also talked about how he and his wife, Camila Alves, brought their son, Levi, to the Frio River, which runs just east of Uvalde, when he was a few months old. Rooster also talked about his time on the Nueces River, which he revisited nearly two decades ago for his honeymoon.
That night, Matthew announced to the audience that he was working on a book about his youth in Uvalde. He was ecstatic to express his affection for his house and family.