Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey are using their platform for the greater good.
The actor, 52, shared a video of himself and Camila, 40, campaigning for White House gun safety on Instagram on Friday following the school shooting last month at Robb Elementary in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children and two teachers were needlessly killed.
“It’s and it was about gun liability,” the black-and-white video reads before switching to clips from the real detective actor and founder of Women of Today meeting “more than 30 members of both parties”, including “leaders of the Senate, the House” and President Joe Biden.
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“This is about mental health, safer schools…AND keeping guns out of irresponsible hands that the rule of law says still have access to them today,” the text continues on the video. . “The solution must come from both sides.”
“For ourselves, for our children, for Republicans, Democrats and our fellow Americans… It’s time to be accountable,” the video concludes.
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Earlier this month, Matthew attended a White House press briefing to comment on the Uvalde Elementary School shooting and what it means for the nation’s future.
“It shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” Matthew – a father of three and gun owner – said during his moving 21-minute speech. “There is no Democratic or Republican value in a single act of these shooters, but the people in power did not act.”
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Oscar-winning actor and New York Times The best-selling author spent several days in his hometown visiting the families of the victims after the horrific shooting. They listened to many stories of the innocent lives lost and realized that each family shared a common goal: to make the slaughter count.
“How can the loss of these lives matter?” Matthew asked during the briefing. “As we honor and acknowledge the victims, we must recognize that this time it feels like something is different. There is a sense that there may be a viable way forward. [for enacting gun safety legislation].”
“Responsible gun owners are tired of the Second Amendment being abused and misused by deranged individuals,” he later said. “These regulations are not a step backwards, they are a step forward for a civil society and for the Second Amendment.”
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He went on to acknowledge that these regulations are not a panacea, but an important step towards protecting citizens, adding, “As divided as our country is, this issue of gun liability is an issue we stand on. more agree than we are not.”
The Uvalde School District has opened an official account with the First State Bank of Uvalde to support Robb Elementary families affected by the tragedy. People can mail checks (payable to the “Robb School Memorial Fund”) or donate money via Zelle to firstname.lastname@example.org. People can also donate by calling 830-356-2273.