On Tuesday, actor Matthew McConaughey appeared before the White House press briefing to support a number of gun control measures that complemented President Biden’s far-reaching proposals.
“As I said, this time is unique,” McConaughey added while appearing at the White House press briefing room. “We are in a moment of opportunity that we have not seen before. A moment in which it appears that real change—change that is genuinely real—might occur.”
“I spent some time with the victims and families of the massive school shooting in my home state of Texas last week, which resulted in the death of 19 youngsters as well as two adults,” McConaughey said.
“How can the loss of these lives matter?” he queried journalists. “While we mourn and remember the victims, something feels different about this period.”
At points, he was seen to be tearing up and slapping the podium as he spoke about the children who were shot and killed during a mass shooting at his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.
He called out the AR-15 assault rifle that was used to murder the children.
He said he was carrying a message from the residents of his hometown.
“We want secure and safe schools, and we need gun laws that won’t make it so simple for the bad guys to get these terrible weapons,” he continued.
He also urged the media to “restrain sensationalized news reporting” on such incidents.
“Responsible gun owners are sick and tired of the Second Amendment being cynically exploited by a few disturbed individuals,” he continued. “More gun laws are a step forward in defending gun rights.”
“We are not as divided as we’re told,” he continued. “There is a need for some middle ground on the issue of gun control,” he added.
“This should be a non-partisan problem,” he added.
He criticized elected officials in Washington, DC for failing to rise above their political considerations and show “real courage” in calling for stricter gun control regulations.
“We took a sober, modest, and honest look in the mirror and rebranded ourselves on what we truly cared about,” he added.