Matthew McConaughey Delivers Passionate Guns Reform Speech From The White House

“To matter the loss of these lives”, Matthew McConaughey he said as he began a passionate 20-minute speech on gun reform at Tuesday’s press conference at the White House. After spending several days in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, following the Robb Elementary School shooting, McConaughey shared the “stories, tears, and memories” he and his wife, Camila Alves, witnessed.

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“The common thread, beyond the anger and the confusion and the sadness, was the same: how can these families continue to honor these deaths by keeping the dreams of these children and teachers alive?” McConaughey said as he reflected on his journey, which included a meeting with a Republican representative Tony Gonzales of Texas’ 23rd congressional district.

“So while we honor and recognize the victims, we must recognize that this time it looks like something is different,” said the actor, who was presented by the White House press secretary as “a father, a resident of Uvalde, Texas, and a gun owner.” Karine Jean Pierre. “There is a sense that there may be a viable way forward. In any case, responsible parties in this debate seem determined to sit down and have a real conversation about a new and improved way forward – one that can bring us closer together.” and make us safer as a country, a road that can really get things done this time.”

McConaughey’s DC Visit, with a Brief Meeting with President Joe Biden, comes a day after his op-ed on “gun responsibility” was published in the Austin American statesman. “Can both sides look beyond the current political problem and admit that we have a problem sustaining our lives?” he said at the press conference. “We need to look in the mirror soberly, humbly and honestly and rename ourselves based on what we truly value.”

McConaughey displayed artwork and photographs of some of the students and teachers murdered at Robb Elementary, which McConaughey said is less than a mile from where his mother was a schoolteacher. Alves sat near McConaughey’s podium, holding a pair of bright green Converse sneakers that belonged to 10-year-old Maite Rodriguez, one of the victims of the massacre. McConaughey spoke about Maite’s dream to become a marine biologist and her passion for nature. He became emotional when he said that these shoes, which were branded with a heart on the right toe, were the “only clear evidence that could identify her.”

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