Matthew McConaughey Calls For “Action” After The School Shooting In His Hometown of Uvalde, TX
Yesterday, this country was covered in the horrible and soul-destroying, yet not surprising (which is very sad in itself), news that there was yet another school shooting after 19 children and 2 adults, both teachers, were murdered by a mass shooter at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, which is around 80 miles from San Antonio. It was reportedly the 27th school shooting, and 212th overall mass shooting, in the US in a year that’s not even halfway done. The 18-year-old mass killer reportedly bought two assault rifles shortly after his 18th birthday on May 16. It was legal for him to do so since America is the country where an 18-year-old can legally buy a long gun but may hear the words, “What?! You’re just a kid! Get out of here!” when trying to buy booze. And last year, Texas officially became a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” when laxer gun laws went into effect. Mathew McConaughey was born in Uvalde and spoke out against the mass shooting, saying that we have “tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.” But Matthew has also flirted with running for political office in Texas, so that seemed to be on his mind, as he firmly kept his feet in the middle of the aisle while making sure not to sway too much either way.
After politicians took on their usual role of Broken Record by saying, “This has to stop!”, Matthew posted a statement on Instagram where like everyone, expressed his frustrations over being sick and tired of this shit, and called for action. Although, he didn’t really say what kind of action should be taken.
Matthew has been less both sides-y about gun control in the past. At a March For Our Lives rally in Austin, TX in 2018, he told the crowd, “One, let’s ban the assault weapons for civilians. This is a no-brainer. And to my friends out there that are responsible owners of these recreational assault weapons that they use for recreation, please let’s just take one for the team here and set it down.” He also called for more regulation on background checks. But this time, he kept it vague and kept the words “gun control” from leaving his typing fingers. And that makes me think that The Texas T-Rex was totally lie-telling when he said he wasn’t planning to run for political office anytime soon.