The mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, hit close to home for one of the state’s biggest stars.
Matthew McConaughey lamented the shooting on Twitter, saying it was a time for the country to try and resolve the tension of protecting rights and what to do when people abuse those same rights. The movie star said the country has to take action, but he avoided any sort of overt political message.
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“Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,” McConaughey said. “The true call to action now is 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?’”
Uvalde, Texas, USA. pic.twitter.com/0iULRGtREm— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) May 25, 2022
“We cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo,” he continued. “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.”
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Rabid responses to McConaughey’s statement were few, though some were upset his statement didn’t have an explicit call to action or mention the word “gun” at all.
Did I miss the word “gun?” https://t.co/ArifTM0fS9— Erin Schrode (@ErinSchrode) May 25, 2022
Last year, McConaughey dabbled in politics, briefly considering a run for governor. The actor didn’t say which primary he would run in and has described himself as “aggressively centrist.” He announced he wouldn’t run in November 2021, saying political leadership is not “a path that I'm choosing not to take at this moment."