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Matthew McConaughey said Tuesday “action must be taken” after a shooting at an elementary school in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, left at least 19 children and two teachers dead.
“Once again, we have tragically proven that we are not responsible for the rights our freedoms afford us,” the ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ actor wrote in a statement posted to his social media pages.
He said every American should ask themselves, “What do we really appreciate? How to solve the problem ? What small sacrifices can we individually make today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state and neighborhood tomorrow?
He said Americans could not accept mass shootings as the status quo.
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“As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it’s time to reevaluate and renegotiate our wants from our needs,” he continued. “We need to reorganize our values and find common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s problem.”
He called it an “epidemic we can control”, adding that regardless of people’s political leanings, “we all know we can do better”.
Tuesday’s shooting is the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut in 2012.
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“Steps must be taken so that no parent has to go through what Uvalde’s parents and others before them have endured.”
He told parents who ‘dropped their loved ones off today not knowing it was goodbye, no words can understand or heal your loss, but if prayers can bring comfort we will bring them.’
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McConaughey said he supports the Second Amendment but believes in common sense gun laws, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He called for a ban on assault weapons and more comprehensive background checks.
The actor is active in his community and more than a decade ago founded the just keep livin’ foundation, which “empowers high school students” by providing after-school fitness and wellness programs, according to the website.
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McConaughey was born in Uvalde in 1969 and his mother was a kindergarten teacher at a school just a mile from Robb Elementary School where Tuesday’s shooting unfolded, according to Entertainment Tonight.
The lone gunman, an 18-year-old high school student, was killed, police said.
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