Yesterday in the small community of Uvalde, an 18-year-old man opened fire in a classroom in Robb elementary school, killing 19 kids and 2 teachers, according to CNN. While the country mourned these losses, Mathew McConaughey, who grew up in Uvalde, made his statement.
“Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedom grants us,” wrote the Oscar-winning actor in an Instagram post yesterday.
He called out Americans to re.-evaluate with him the tragic situation and its sources “what we truly value? How can we repair the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually take today to preserve a healthier and safer nation tomorrow?”
This is the eighth shooting massacre in the state in 13 years. Texas is in the five states with more shootings in the country, according to CBN News. Despite the claims of victims of school shootings and activists, the republicans that lead the state have said they won’t tighten gun policies, but they are willing to arm teachers and secure the schools with more security, according to the Texas Tribune.
“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”, wrote McConaughey
The lead actor of Dallas Buyers Club spent his first sixteen years in Uvalde, a community of 15 thousand people, mostly Hispanic. He is a proud Texan man, in 2021 he dropped hints about wanting to run for governor but eventually backed out. The love and memories he has for his hometown pushed him to make this statement on social media. The Instagram post now has 300 thousand likes and 6 thousand comments.