Matthew McConaughey has addressed the tragic primary school shooting in his Texas hometown.
The actor took to Twitter on the night of May 24 and released a statement about the tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
He penned: “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.”
He added: “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.”
According to reports, at least 19 children and two adults were killed in the mass shooting.
The state’s governor, Greg Abbott, has reportedly said that the gunman was an 18-year-old student from Uvalde High School.
The Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate reports that the shooter shot his grandmother before crashing his car near the primary school and going on the spree. Apparently, he was wearing body armour.
Allegedly, the gunman was shot and killed at the scene. However, officers had to wait for the arrival of a tactical team to stop him.
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