Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey called for Americans to take action after the elementary school mass shooting that killed twenty-one in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.
The “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days” star released a lengthy statement via Instagram following the massacre at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, after an 18-year-old shooter barricaded himself in a classroom and gunned down 19 children and two adults.
“As you all are aware, there was another mass shooting today, this time in my hometown of Uvalde, Texas. Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,” McConaughey began.
He called for Americans to figure out, “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?”
McConaughey said it’s “it’s time we re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs. We have to rearrange our values and find a common ground,” because the “American reality” is affecting the nation’s children.
“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,” he concluded.
The “Dallas Buyers Club” star previously considered running for governor of Texas, and was polled to be a real contender against Gov. Greg Abbott and democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in the current race. McConaughey announced his decision to stay out of politics in November 2021.
“Over the past two years, I’ve been working on the answer to the question of how I can be most useful in this life going forward, one category of service I’ve been exploring is politics. Been considering a run for governor of Texas,” he said in a Twitter video. “It is also a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment.”
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) November 29, 2021