Matthew McConaughey calls on Americans to ‘meet in the middle’ on political issues: ‘We share more values’


Matthew McConaughey is opening up about the behind-the-scenes work he did to amplify the stories of Uvalde’s victims that led to policy change in June.

The “Dazed and Confused” actor revealed in a new op-ed that his experience working with lawmakers in Washington, DC, made him realize that the majority of Americans aren’t on the fringes of politics. He encouraged lawmakers to work together on the issues the same way they worked on gun legislation after the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Writing for Esquire, McConaughey started from the beginning, on May 24, the day of the tragic shooting that left 21 people dead in his hometown.

“I am sickened by the wave of mass shootings in America – especially those in schools, which are supposed to be among the safest spaces for our children and the closest extensions to our own homes,” McConaughey wrote.

Matthew McConaughey detailed his work with lawmakers before gun reform was passed in June and called out politicians for losing sight of their “values ​​and vision”.
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“But this time it was different, more personal,” he recalls. “Now, for the first time, my innocent childhood memories of Uvalde felt more like dreams than memories, slightly hazy and suddenly too sacred. Moments like these make us all feel a little more foolish We hug our kids a little longer, knowing their innocence won’t last as long as ours, hoping their kids won’t know the same.”

After meeting with the families of Uvalde’s victims and before traveling to Washington, McConaughey called for “gun accountability” and outlined his position on reform. He wanted to reframe the conversation and move the talk away from the term “gun control.”

“I support the Second Amendment. I believe we should have access to guns for hunting, sporting and self-defense,” McConaughey explained in his latest op-ed. “I believe all gun purchases should be subject to a thorough background check, and unless you’re in the military, you should be 21 to buy an assault rifle. I believe that extreme risk protection orders, or “red flag laws,” that due process should be the law of the land and that gun safety courses should be mandatory.”

“Most of my friends and neighbors in Texas agree with these positions, and many of them also agree that our Second Amendment rights have been hijacked by troubled men with bad intentions,” he said. note. “We seem to have forgotten that our rights come with obligations – what’s more, our rights depend on fulfilling those obligations. Doing nothing is more than irresponsible, it’s un-American. Our policy on guns are failing us, and we are failing.”

Matthew McConaughey speaks to reporters about the mass shootings in the United States during a press briefing at the White House on June 7.

Matthew McConaughey speaks to reporters about the mass shootings in the United States during a press briefing at the White House on June 7.
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Matthew McConaughey gets emotional as he holds up a picture of 10-year-old victim Alithia Ramirez.

Matthew McConaughey gets emotional as he holds up a picture of 10-year-old victim Alithia Ramirez.
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McConaughey scheduled about 30 meetings in DC and spoke with lawmakers. On June 12, the senses. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced new legislation – the first federal gun reform in 28 years.

The bipartisan Safer Communities Act was signed into law on June 25 by President Joe Biden.

After working in DC with lawmakers, McConaughey noted that politicians had seemingly “lost sight” of their “values ​​and vision.”

“It seems every party is so noxious in disdaining the opposition that it has become little more than counterattacks – so focused on parrying and defending the party that it has become reactive by default,” a- he explained. “They lost sight of their own values ​​and vision, ceding their power to the margins. That’s a problem.”

“Because most Americans, myself included, don’t stand on the fringes of politics. We’re reasonable and responsible, and we share more values ​​than we’re told – and we believe meeting in the middle is useful for the greater good. We have the majority. We have the number.

Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey walk between meetings with lawmakers on gun policy after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey walk between meetings with lawmakers on gun policy after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.
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Finally, McConaughey emphasized that to live more safely, we need to be better parents, role models and mentors.

“If we want safer communities, more freedom and better leaders, we will have to develop better people. As parents, parent figures, role models and mentors, it is up to us to guide our children – to be more active in their lives – to show them that we care, to show them how to take care of themselves and therefore how to take care of others: teaching their responsibility,” he wrote.

“From what I can tell, when a child has a healthy understanding that their own life matters, they better understand that other lives matter as well.”

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves McConaughey visited Uvalde shortly after the shooting in May.

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves McConaughey visited Uvalde shortly after the shooting in May.
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