Matthew McConaughey is urging Americans to find common ground on gun laws following another horrific school shooting in the US, this time in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.
At least 21 people including 18 children were killed in the massacre.
The Hollywood star, who spent part of his childhood in Uvalde, shared a message on Instagram (posted in full below) highlighting the urgent need for action:
“Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,” he begins.
“The true call to action now is 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.”
He urged all Americans to do some soul searching: “re-evaluate and renegotiate” wants from needs and find “common ground about this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s issue.”
The actors fans and supporters alike have been him to run for Governor of Texas, but Matthew ruled out the move last year, saying he’d like to serve his home state in other ways.
He ended his message with a reminder to all, no matter “whichever side of the aisle we stand on” politically, that “we all know we can do better. We must do better.”
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