actor and, native Matthew McConaughey made an emotional appeal to Congress for new gun control legislation from the White House briefing room on Tuesday, after meeting lawmakers on Capitol Hill and President Biden at the White House . Making schools safer and expanding background checks for people to have access to guns should be a nonpartisan issue, McConaughey said.
“We start by making the loss of those lives count,” he told reporters.
“We start with laws that save innocent lives and don’t infringe on our Second Amendment rights,” McConaughey said in remarks during which he sometimes seemed to hold back tears.
“These regulations are not a step backward. They are a step forward — for a civil society, and, and the Second Amendment,” he said. “Look, is this a panacea? Hell, no. But people are hurting. Families are, parents are. fire is one that we agree on more than we disagree on. . It really is. Look, this should be a non-partisan question.”
McConaughey and his wife, Camila Alves, met with families of victims of the Robb Elementary School massacre that left 19 children and two teachers dead. He told some of those stories to the White House press — and the nation — on Tuesday, saying those kids and teachers will never have the chance to pursue their dreams.
He shared memories of the families of their missing loved ones – a self-portrait drawn by Alithia Ramirez, 10, and the green Converse sneakers worn by, who McConnaughey said wanted to be a marine biologist when she was growing up. She had drawn a heart on the tip of her shoes. It was supposed to signify his love of nature. McConnaughey went on to say that those shoes “turned out to be the only evidence that could identify him after the shooting.” “How about that,” he said, banging his fist on the podium.
McConnaughey told reporters that Uvalde was where he was born, where he used his first BB gun, his first 410 shotgun — and where he learned responsible gun ownership. The actor insisted the country can pass laws that make it harder for malicious actors to get their hands on guns, and at the same time respect and support the Second Amendment.
“Responsible gun owners are tired of the Second Amendment being abused and misused by deranged individuals,” McConnaughey said.
He mentioned red flag laws, mental health enforcement, background checks, waiting periods, as possible measures that could help.
The actor did not respond to questions about his meetings in Washington, D.C., and White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did not divulge anything about their conversation, which she described as private .
Senator Chris Murphy, who met with President Biden on Tuesday,a bipartisan group of negotiators can reach agreement on a framework for firearms legislation by the end of the week. Murphy also met with the president on Tuesday.
“I’ve failed so many times in these talks that I’m sober about our chances,” Murphy said on ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday. , momentum fades. The opposite seems to be happening this time. There are more Republicans every day who want to help us get to a product and so I’m very hopeful that maybe by the end of this week we can announce a framework that will allow us to vote.”