Matthew McConaughey Gave A Speech At The White House Asking For “Gun Responsibility”

June 8, 2022 / Posted by:

There have been 34 mass shooting incidents in the two weeks since an 18-year-old with 2 newly purchased AR-15 style assault rifles slaughtered 19 elementary school students and two teachers in Matthew McCounghey’s hometown of Uvalde Texas. At the time of the shooting, Matthew issued a statement on Instagram pussyfooting around the elephant gun in the room. But Matthew put his heart where his mouth is yesterday and called for lawmakers to impose stricter gun laws such as background checks, red-flag laws, waiting periods and to raise the minimum age to purchase AR-15 style weapons to 21. Matthew, speaking from the White House press briefing room, says that “responsible gun owners are fed up with the 2nd Amendment being abused and hijacked by some deranged individuals,” which, unsurprisingly, has enraged some deranged individuals.

Matthew says that as soon as he learned about the shooting, he and his wife Camila Alves, packed up their kids and immediately drove to Uvalde to meet with “families of the deceased, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, Texas Rangers, hunters, border patrol, and responsible gun owners,” to come up with solutions “to make the loss of these lives matter…” Camila watched Matthew’s speech from the sidelines holding a pair of green converse sneakers on her lap that represent the only way the slain 10-year-old Maite Yuleana Rodriguez could be identified due to the severity of her gunshot wounds. IndieWire reports:

McConaughey is a native of Uvalde himself, and he spoke about the small Texas town where he learned many of the values he’s taken with him throughout his life, including responsible gun ownership. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre introduced the actor as a gun owner himself, to establish that the changes the Biden administration is calling for are not at odds with the 2nd Amendment, but common sense restrictions designed to prevent military-grade firearms from falling into the wrong hands.

“We also met a cosmetologist, she was well versed in mortuary makeup,” McConaughey said. “That’s the task of making the victims appear as peaceful and natural as possible for their open-casket viewings. These bodies were very different. They needed much more than makeup to be presentable. They needed extensive restoration. Why? Due to the exceptionally large exit wounds of an AR-15 rifle. Most of the bodies so mutilated that only DNA tests or green Converse could identify them. Many children were left not only dead but hollow.

While the type of controls Matthew is suggesting are a small step for man, they’re a giant leap for Matthewkind whose most forceful political stance to date had been to acknowledge that we live in a society. But it was enough to get Newsmax riled up who yelled “were you grandstanding just now, sir?” as Matthew left the podium. And judging from the comments on the Austin American-Statesman op-ed he wrote titledIt’s time to act on gun responsibility,” which he posted on Instagram, it’s time to melt down your Fool’s Gold DVDs if you haven’t already. In his oped Matthew writes:

There is a difference between control and responsibility. The first is a mandate that can infringe on our right; the second is a duty that will preserve it. There is no constitutional barrier to gun responsibility. Keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous people is not only the responsible thing to do, it is the best way to protect the Second Amendment. We can do both.

For ourselves, our children, and our fellow Americans—we have a duty to be responsible gun owners. Please do yours and protect the Second Amendment through gun responsibility. It’s time for real leaders to step up and do what’s right, so we can each and all just keep livin’.

That’s the thing about Texas, there are just so dang many fences to straddle. Plus, of all things to ban, they’ve banned the letter “g.” At least Matthew’s come far enough to get one butt-cheek hanging over on the right side of common sense. Here are his full remarks.

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