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Matthew McConaughey called for “gun accountability” in a recent op-ed following the mass shooting that took place in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.
The 52-year-old actor explained the difference between his idea of ’gun responsibility’ and ‘gun control’.
“There is a difference between control and responsibility,” he explained. “The first is a warrant that may infringe on our right; the second is a duty that will preserve it. There is no constitutional bar to gun liability.
“Keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people is not only the responsible thing to do, it’s the best way to protect the Second Amendment. We can do both.”
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The ‘Fool’s Gold’ actor added that it was not a “partisan issue.”
“Depraved acts of violence, with guns as the weapon of choice, are tearing families apart, tearing people’s faiths apart, and tearing apart the fabric of our society. We have an epidemic of indiscriminate mass shootings, parents burying their children, inaction, passing the buck Saving unnecessary loss of life is not a partisan issue.
McConaughey called on lawmakers to require background checks on all gun purchases, raise the purchase age to 21, implement red flag laws nationwide, and institute a national waiting period, in an editorial published by the Austin-American Statesman.
The actor stressed that the policies might not “solve” gun violence problems, but thinks they are “worth it” if they help reduce the number of tragedies.
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“I want to be clear,” he wrote. “I’m under no illusion that these policies will solve all of our problems, but if responsible solutions can prevent some of these tragedies from hitting another community without destroying the Second Amendment, they are worth it.”
“It’s not a choice between weapons or no weapons,” he added. “It’s the responsible choice. It’s the reasonable choice. It’s a quintessentially American choice: where I have the right to be me, you have the freedom to be you, and we have the responsibility to ‘be the United States.’
Salvador Ramos, 18 years old, shot and killed 19 children and two teachers May 24.
Investigators have shed no light on the motive for Ramos’ attack, which also left at least 17 people injured. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Ramos, a resident of the small town about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of San Antonio, had no known criminal or mental health history.
“We don’t see a pattern or catalyst at this time,” said Steve McCraw of the Department of Public Safety.
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Ramos legally purchased the rifle, and a second similar one, just after his birthday, authorities said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.