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Outraged, Matthew McConaughey calls for common sense gun laws in White House

A visibly shaken Matthew McConaughey addressed the American people from the White House podium on Tuesday, arguing for the passage of common sense gun laws in the wake of a gunman massacring 19 children and two teachers in a his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

The actor spoke for more than 20 minutes straight, sharing the heartbreaking conversations he had with the families of the victims, whom he and his wife went to meet upon learning of the May 24 massacre.

Budding conservationist Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, a 10-year-old girl killed in the shooting, will never be able to fulfill her dream of becoming a marine biologist, McConaughey lamented. She liked to wear a pair of green Converse shoes with a heart on the toe – an emblem she designed to symbolize her love of nature. His wife, Camila Alves McConaughey, held the shoes in her lap nearby as he spoke.

“That turned out to be the only clear evidence that could identify him after the shooting,” McConaughey said, banging his fist on the podium so hard that White House workers later checked to see if he had left a breach. The large wounds left by the AR-15-style rifles, which the shooter used, mutilate the bodies so much that “only DNA tests or green Converse” could be used to identify the deceased, McConaughey said.

Camila Alves McConaughey stands in for Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, a student who was killed in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, as Matthew McConaughey speaks in the White House briefing room on Tuesday.


The one message he heard repeatedly from the families of the victims, he said, was that they wanted the lives of their loved ones to matter. Doing so, McConaughey argued, requires adopting “reasonable, practical and tactical regulations” regarding firearms.

“We need responsible gun ownership. We need background checks. We need to raise the minimum age to purchase an AR-15 rifle to 21. We need a waiting period for these guns. We need red flag laws and consequences for those who abuse them,” said McConaughey, who was considered a candidate for Texas governor in the past.

Although the vast majority of Americans support a universal background check law for all gun transactions, no Republican in Congress is willing to vote on the legislation currently before them. The bill, HR 8, would close a loophole that allows unlicensed and private gun sellers, such as those who transact online or at gun shows, to skip checks antecedents.

“As divided as our country is, this issue of gun liability is one we agree on more than we disagree on. It really is. … This should not be a partisan issue. There is no Democratic or Republican value in a single act of shooters,” McConaughey asserted Tuesday.

“We now have a chance to reach out and seize higher ground above our political affiliations,” he continued, “a chance to make a choice that does more than protect your party, a chance to make a choice that protects our country now and for the next generation.


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