After meeting President Joe BidenOscar-winning actor Matthew McConaugheya native of Uvalde, Texas, made an impassioned plea for gun reform at Tuesday’s White House press conference as Congress considers new legislation this week.
McConaughey, noting that he is a gun owner, provided extensive details of his meetings with grieving families last week in his hometown.
“The common thread – regardless of anger, confusion and sadness – was the same. How can these families continue to honor these dead by keeping the dreams of these children and teachers alive? How can the loss of these lives matter? ” he started.
“As we honor and recognize the victims, we must recognize that this time [it] seems like something is different.
His wife, Camila Alves, was also present at the briefing and brought green Converse sneakers that belonged to one of the shooting victims. McConaughey described how the little shoes – with a heart drawn on the right toe – were the “only clear evidence that could identify him”.
“These bodies were very different,” he said of the victims. “They needed a major restoration. Why? Due to unusually large exit wounds from an AR-15 rifle. Most of the bodies were so mutilated that only DNA tests or green Converse could identify them.
McConaughey met with dozens of lawmakers on Capitol Hill as he pushed for reform, including universal background checks and raising the minimum age to buy an AR-15 from 18 to 21 – measures beyond what would appear in any Senate compromise.
“Responsible gun owners are tired of the Second Amendment being abused and misused by deranged individuals. These regulations are not a backward step. They are a step forward for civil society and the Second Amendment,” he said passionately as he stood on the podium.
McConaughey also spoke at length about growing up in Uvalde, where he said he “learned to own a gun responsibly.”
“That’s where my mom used to teach kindergarten, less than a mile from Robb Elementary. Uvalde is where I learned to master a Daisy BB gun…it took me two years to switch to a .410 shotgun,” he added, saying he was raised “to revere the power and ability of the tool we call a gun. ”
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