Matthew McConaughey pleads for responsible gun ownership in emotional White House press briefing

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Matthew McConaughey made a moving call to challenge gun ownership laws during a White House press briefing on Tuesday afternoon following a private meeting with President Joe Biden.

The 52-year-old actor is from Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers were killed by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos in a May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary.

McConaughey said gun ownership should be a “non-partisan” issue, as he argued “those in power have failed to act”.

“We need background checks,” he said from the pulpit. “We need to raise the minimum age to buy an AR-15 rifle to 21. We need a waiting period for these rifles. We need red flag laws and consequences for those who misuse them. .”

After meeting with President Joe Biden, actor Matthew McConaughey speaks with reporters during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Room at the White House on June 07, 2022 in Washington, DC. McConaughey, from Uvalde, Texas, voiced his support for new legislation for more gun control following the shooting at an elementary school in his hometown that left 19 children dead and 2 adults.
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“How can the loss of these lives matter?” he reflected. “We have to recognize that this time it looks like something is different.”

McConaughey said it was imperative that elected officials “on both sides of the aisle” talk to each other to find solutions for the American people.

“We’re in a window of opportunity right now that we weren’t in before. A window where it looks like real change, real change can happen,” he said.

He recalled learning “responsible gun ownership” while growing up in the small South Texas town, about 80 miles outside of Austin.

After hearing about the massive devastation in his hometown, McConaughey said he “went home and hugged my kids a little longer and tighter than the night before.” He, along with his wife Camila Alves and their three children, traveled to Uvalde the next morning.


“Even from inside our vehicle, you could feel the shock in the city,” he said.

He shared tragic stories of victims after meeting families who lost loved ones at Robb Elementary.

McConaughey recalled a conversation with Alithia Ramirez’s father, Ryan, who remained stoic and kept his emotions at bay for the sake of his family.

“You’d be strong for your wife and kids, because if they see you going crazy, it won’t help them,” McConaughey recalled telling Ryan.


At least 17 people were also injured by the shooter, who used an assault rifle and was killed by response authorities.

McConaughey argued that “responsible gun owners are tired of the Second Amendment” and encouraged “both sides to see above the ongoing political issue.”

“Let’s come to the common table that represents the American people,” he said. “America – you and me – we are not as divided as we are told. No.”

He added: “We have to make choices and preserve the traditions that can make real progress for the next generation. Let’s start giving all of us good reasons to believe that the American dream is not an illusion. We start with make the right choices on the issue before us today.We start by making laws.

The shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is now the third deadliest school shooting in American history after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, where 28 people were killed in 2012, and the Virginia Tech shooting, in 2007, where 33 people died.


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