Uvalde native actor Matthew McConaughey tears up at the White House as he recounts the stories of the children and victims killed in the Texas school shooting.
During a White House press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, McConaughey said he and his wife Camilla had met with the families of victims after the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School.
McConaughey sheds tears while talking about 10-year-old Maite Rodriguez, who aspired to be a marine biologist. The actor pointed to his wife, who was seated in the audience holding bright green Converse shoes with a heart drawn on her toe.
Maiti wore these every day. The beat conversation with the heart on the toe of the right. These same green conversations on his feet were the only clear evidence that could identify him during the shoot,’ said an emotional McConaughey. ‘how about that?
McConaughey also talked about Eliana Garcia preparing to read a Bible verse in church. The actor raised Irma Garcia, a teacher at the school for 23 years, whose husband died of a heart attack shortly after his death.
During his 20-minute remarks, McConaughey also showed anger at the loss of lives.
“Every one of these parents wanted… they want their children’s dreams to come true,” he said. ‘They want their children’s dreams to continue to achieve something even after they are gone. They want the loss of their lives to matter.
McConaughey, a gun owner who learned to shoot as a child, called for policies around ‘responsible gun ownership’ and gun control.
‘We need background checks. We need to raise the minimum age to buy an AR-15 rifle to 21. We need a waiting period for those rifles. We need red flag laws and consequences for those who misuse them,’ he said.
As Democratic and Republican senators work on bipartisan legislation on background checks and the age at which Americans can buy assault weapons, McConaughey said there is “something different” in the current effort.
“It looks like there’s probably a viable way forward,” he said. ‘Responsible parties in this debate are committed to at least sit down and have a genuine conversation about a new and better path.’
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