Actor Matthew McConaughey Calls For Gun Legislation At White House

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The day following the incident, McConaughey and his wife travelled to Uvalde and spent time with some of the victims’ relatives.
Matthew McConaughey was at the White House on Tuesday to urge on Congress to “reach a higher ground” and approve gun control legislation in honour of the children and teachers slain in the elementary school shooting massacre in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, last month.

McConaughey urged a gridlocked Congress to implement gun measures that will save lives without infringing on Second Amendment rights in a 22-minute address that was deeply personal for him.

It was McConaughey, who is a gun owner, who used his star power to make an argument for legislation in a way that the Biden administration was unable to muster, offering a clear connection to the small Texas town and vividly describing the sheer loss of the 19 children and two teachers in the second worst mass school shooting in the United States’ historical record.

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Congress should improve background checks for gun transactions and raise the age at which an AR-15-style rifle may be purchased from 18 to 21 years of age, according to him.

According to McConaughey: “We’d want to see better gun regulations that make it more difficult for criminals to get their hands on weapons.”

James Brady briefing room of the White House was where Matthew McConaughey met with President Joe Biden before delivering a speech to the White House press corps.

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As part of his legislative outreach, McConaughey has visited with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, and the panel’s leading Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

At a press conference on Tuesday, the son of 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield, who was murdered last month after being shot dead by a racist shooter in Buffalo, New York, called on Congress to take action against the “disease of White supremacy” and the epidemic of gun violence in the country.

“Do you personally have anything you’re prepared to do to fight the malignancy of White supremacy and the domestic terrorism it inspires?” Senators of the Senate Judiciary Committee were questioned by Garnell Whitfield Jr.

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Instead of taking questions, McConaughey talked about his own personal ties to the area. He said that his mother taught kindergarten less than a mile from the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which was the scene of the May 24 shooting. It was at Uvalde that he learned about the responsibilities that come with owning a gun, according to him.

In his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, he was taught to respect and admire the strength and capabilities of the weapon we call a gun.

He and his wife travelled back to Uvalde the day following the shooting and spent time with the relatives of the victims and those who had been impacted by it, according to McConaughey.

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“They want their children’s hopes to carry on,” he said of the parents he spoke to.

McConaughey remarked, “They want to make their loss of life important.”

There were several personal anecdotes that he shared with the audience.

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A young woman named Maite Rodriguez, a future marine biologist, was included in his narrative. Maite wore green Converse sneakers with a red heart on the right sole in honour of her love of the outdoors, which McConaughey’s wife Camila clutched while they sat close by.

In the aftermath of the incident, McConaughey said that the only unambiguous evidence that identified the victim was her green Converse.

Alithia Ramirez had always wanted to go to Paris to study painting, so he showed her some of her work. And then there was Eliahna “Ellie” Garcia, who loved dancing and religion and had already mastered the art of driving a plough. When she was assassinated, Ellie was getting ready to read a Bible verse at a church service.

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According to Matthew McConaughey, there are ways to reduce the frequency of mass shootings while still keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.

“Mental health care is an area that requires more funding. We must take steps to make our educational institutions more secure. Sensationalized media coverage must be reined in. As a society, we must rediscover the importance of strong families. As a nation, we need to return to our core principles and practise responsible gun ownership “As McConaughey put it:

“Is it a one-stop shop? No, but there are others who are in pain.”

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