Matthew McConaughey has called for urgent action after a horrific massacre at an elementary school in his home town left 19 children and two teachers dead.
The Hollywood star, 52, blasted gun violence as ‘an epidemic we can control’ in social media posts around midnight.
He asked a series of questions including ‘what is it that we truly value’ and ‘how do we repair the problem’ in the messages around 12 hours after the shooting.
But the actor, who considered running as the state’s governor last year, offered no practical solutions to end the attacks.
He’s been tight-lipped on his politics but previously defended the Second Amendment while decrying the gun violence that plagues the US.
Texans also appears split on the idea of a crackdown on guns, with a poll last year showing 50 per cent would either loosen laws on leave them as they are.
Meanwhile just 39 per cent said they thought more guns in Americans’ hands would make the country less safe.
Matthew McConaughey, of Uvalde, Texas, has been besieged with messages asking him to return to his Texas hometown of Uvalde in the wake of a shooting there on Tuesday that killed 14 elementary school students and a teacher
McConaughey, who was born in Uvalde in 1969 and now lives in Austin, shared the message across his social media platforms following the tragedy last night
McConaughey, who was born in Uvalde in 1969 and now lives in Austin, shared the message across his social media platforms following the tragedy last night.
He wrote: ‘As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town 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 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.’
Cops are pictured close to the scene of Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas
McConaughey called on all Americans to ‘renegotiate our wants from our needs,’ adding that ‘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.
‘To those who dropped their loved ones off to school not knowing that today was goodbye, no words can comprehend or heal your loss, but if prayers can provide comfort, we will keep them coming.’
He further said ‘it’s time we re-evaluate, and negotiate our wants form our needs’ and that a common ground needs to be found ‘above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s issue.’
McConaughey concluded his statement by calling mass shootings ‘an epidemic we can control’ 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 prayers can provide comfort, we will keep them coming.’
The Academy-Award winner from 2014 spoke out after he was besieged by tweets in the wake of Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School.
‘Come home,’ one person tweeted while another shared: ‘This is your hometown, these are your people! A word from you now will go further than a word from almost anyone else.’
‘Please use your voice and address gun control in Texas. People listen to you,’ wrote another user on Twitter.
‘I really hope @McConaughey will reconsider his run for Governor after what occurred in his childhood hometown today. It’s time to and his cronies out of office and get real gun control in place NOW!’
The Oscar-winner, whose primary residence is in Austin, didn’t say whether he plans to visit Uvalde in the coming days.
McConaughey has been a vigilante on gun violence calling it ‘an epidemic in our country’ in the past before his Instagram post on Tuesday night.
The actor also once said he ‘understands that Americans have the right to own guns, but it’s time to ”forget that right” because some people misuse guns.’
In a 2018 March for Our Lives event in Texas, McConaughey gave an impassioned speech about his support for some gun control, he also shared his fears that the youth-led movement will be ‘hijacked’ by those hoping to eliminate all guns in the United States.
‘I’ve got a lot of friends who are gun owners. I’ve got a lot of friends who are NRA. I grew up hunting. We had responsible gun ownership, but I was taught the right way to respect that tool,’ McConaughey said.
In 2020, he visited Uvalde with his mother, family matriarch Kay McConaughey and brother Mike for a comedy show that included a question-and-answer session.
Kay told of the family’s moves across Uvalde, as they occupied homes on High, Getty and Third streets.
The family left in 1979. ‘Uvalde was the most perfect place to raise children,’ Kay said.
Salvador Ramos, 18, launched his deadly attack on Robb Elementary in Uvalde just before lunch yesterday.
He marched into the school and blasted bullets indiscriminately, killing 19 young children and two teachers.
The vile killer was later engaged in a shootout with cops before being shot dead by one of them.