Matthew McConaughey has issued a statement in response to the mass shooting that took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the actor’s hometown.
As of publishing, at least 21 people have died from the horrific shooting. Of those 21 people, 19 were children. The remaining two individuals included a teacher and the alleged shooter.
McConaughey issued the following statement to social media addressing his hometown’s tragedy:
“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my hometown of Uvalde, Texas. Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.
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 neighborhood 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.
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 prayer can provide comfort, we will keep them coming.”
Uvalde, Texas, USA. pic.twitter.com/0iULRGtREm— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) May 25, 2022