Matthew McConaughey has addressed the nation from the White House and paid a tribute to the victims of the Texas school massacre.
The Hollywood actor, who is a Uvalde native, called on Democrats and Republicans to find a middle ground on guns as he defended responsible gun ownership and blasted “deranged individuals” who “hijacked” the Second Amendment.
Breaking into tears, McConaughey talked about the victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting who were killed by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos who stormed the school and opened fire with his AR15-style rifle.
“We got to get some real courage and honor our mortal obligations instead of our party affiliations and enough with the counterpunching. We can’t truly be leaders if we’re only live in for reelection,” the actor said.
“We’ve got to look in the mirror, lead with humility and acknowledge the values that are inherent to but also above politics. We got to make choices, make stands, embrace new ideas, and preserve the traditions that can create true, true progress for the next generation.”
While he defended responsible gun ownership, McConaughey suggested we should introduce stricter background checks and implement red flags that would help prevent potential killers from getting their hands on guns.
The actor suggested raising the age limit to buy rifles from 18 to 21.
“We need to restore our family values. We need to restore our American values. And we need responsible gun ownership,” he continued.
He also called on lawmakers to work together on a gun reform instead of making the topic of gun ownership a partisan issue.
“This should be a non-partisan issue. There is not a Democratic or Republican value in one single act of the shooters. There is not. But people in power have failed to act,” McConaughey added.
“We are asking you, I’m asking you, will you please ask yourselves, can both sides rise above? Can both sides see beyond the political problem at hand and admit that we have a life preservation problem on our hands?”
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