Matthew McConaughey is addressing President Biden, who is signing a gun control bill following the tragic mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, the actor’s hometown.
On Saturday, President Joe Biden signed the “bilateral Safe Communities Act,” which enforces common-sense gun laws and provides funding for mental health support and anti-violence programs.
McConaughey took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the measure, saying, “While this bill is not perfect, it is a shining example of a great American potential and political virtue: the act of compromising and validating an opposing viewpoint.”
In his eight-slide post on the social media platform, “America…the Land of End,” McConaughey addressed the Second Amendment, the heartbreaking defeat at Uvalde, and American politics at large.
“This bill will save innocent lives by stopping guns from irresponsible hands and irresponsible hands trying to hijack the Second Amendment,” he wrote. “Our government took a step in the right direction. Now is the time to remind them and ourselves that what is and can be the best of our country.”
On May 24, a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 students and two teachers. Since the attack, McConaughey has been mobilized in Washington DC, attending more than 30 meetings on Capitol Hill, addressing gun control measures.
The actor also gave an emotional speech at the White House on June 7 where he shed tears while talking about the massacre. McConaughey said at the time, “You could feel the shock in the city. You could feel the pain, the denial, the disillusionment, the anger, the guilt, the sadness, the loss of life, the dreams stalled.”
“Due to the exceptionally large exit wounds of the AR-15 rifle, most of the bodies were so mutilated that only a DNA test or Green Converse could identify them,” he continued. “Many kids were left not only dead but hollow. So, yeah, Uvalde is going to need mentors for a long time.”
During his speech, McConaughey emphasized comprehensive gun control measures including universal background checks, raising the minimum age for purchase of AR-15s to 21, waiting periods for procuring AR-15s, and the implementation of red flag laws.
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