Uvalde, Texas Native Matthew McConaughey Speaks Out About Hometown Mass Shooting

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Actor Matthew McConaughey, who is a native of Uvalde where a school mass shooting took place on Tuesday has spoken out saying “action must be taken” after the shooting left 21 people dead, including 19 children, two teachers, and the suspected gunman. 

“Once again we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,” the Academy Award-winning actor wrote in a statement on his social media pages. 

McConaughey wrote on his social media that the “true call to action is now for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror, and ask ourselves, “What is it that we truly value? How do we repair the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state and neighborhood tomorrow?”

“We cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic relatives as the status quo,” McConaughey added.

McConaughey also stated that “It’s time to re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs” and stated that it was time “to rearrange our values and find common ground.”

“This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better. We must do better. Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before them have endured.”

McConaughey is one of the several high-profile Texans to offer condolences and respond to the shooting. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was the first lawmaker to publicly respond to Tuesday’s school shooting. 

“The suspect shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Abbott said in a press conference

Former United States Representative Beto O’Rourle said, “Our broken hearts are with Uvalde.”

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