The American actor took to Twitter on May 24 and said that the massacre that reportedly took 21 lives is part of an ‘epidemic we can control’.
His full statement read: “As you are all aware, there was another mass shooting today. This time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas. Once again, we have tragically proven that are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.
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“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? What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state and neighbourhood tomorrow?’. We cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo.
“As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it’s time we re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs. We have to rearrange our values and find a common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s issue.
“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 went on to address the victims of the tragedy, adding: “And to those who dropped off their loved ones today not knowing it was goodbye, no words can comprehend or heal your loss, but if prayers can provide comfort, we will keep them coming.”
After seeing the 52-year-old’s post, many took to the comments and slammed the star.
In response, one tweeted: “What is your solution? You didn’t mention guns or mental health, Matthew. Texans can purchase handguns at 18 but they must be 21 to buy alcohol. Seriously?”
“All you celebrities and politicians say we need to do better,” a second said. “What is better, exactly? What are you suggesting?”
Weighing in on the matter, a third commented: “The word ‘gun’ is missing from your statement.”
Others defended the actor, with one writing: “To people complaining… He could have made no statement at all. His statement actually says far more than you seem to think it does, it just doesn’t say it with blunt force trauma. But if you think lawmakers don’t understand the statement, you’re wrong.”
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