Matthew McConaughey, born in Uvalde, Texas, took the podium in the White House briefing room and spoke of learning, as a child, “to revere the power and capacity” of a weapon. He then recounted the horror he felt at the death of the 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School, at the hands of Salvador Rolando Ramos.
“We’re in a window of opportunity right now that we haven’t been in before, a window where it looks like real change, real change can happen“, McConaughey told reporters after meeting with the president. Biden.
“Counselors are going to be needed in Uvalde for a long time“, he considered. The actor visited Uvalde and met with the families of the victims of the May 24 shooting.
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Matthew’s appearance at the White House comes as a bipartisan group of senators tries to negotiate new legislation to respond to gun violence.
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“We consoled a lot of people“, the actor said.
“And you know what everyone was saying? ‘We want safe, secure schools and we want gun laws that don’t make it easy for bad guys to get these damn guns‘”.
“We need to invest in mental health care. Safer schools. We need to restore our American values and responsible gun ownership. We need background checks, raise the minimum age to buy an AR-15 rifle to 21.”
He assured that “as divided as our country is, the issue of gun responsibility is one in which we all agree. There is not something Democratic or Republican in a single act of these gunmen. Can both parties see beyond the political problem and admit that we have a life preservation problem?“.