Following the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School earlier this week that killed 19 students and two teachers, Matthew McConaughey returned to his bereaved hometown of Uvalde, Texas.
On May 27, the “Dallas Buyer’s Club” star joined Rep. Tony Gonzales in meeting with families and people affected by the tragedy, including parents whose children were killed in the massacre and school district employees.
The Republican Congressman Tony Gonzales (R-TX 23) tweeted a photo on Friday evening of the actor along with several members of the Uvalde community, he wrote, “This week was a solemn reminder that evil exists in the world, but we will never let it break us. We’ll unite to be an even more powerful reminder that love never fails & together we can change things. Appreciate Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey helping us heal. #UvaldeUnited.”
This week was a solemn reminder that evil exists in the world, but we will never let it break us. We’ll unite to be an even more powerful reminder that love never fails & together we can change things.
— Tony Gonzales (@TonyGonzales4TX) May 27, 2022
McConaughey, 52, was born 83 miles west of San Antonio in Texas town. His mother was a teacher at a school a mile away from the horrible scene on May 24 when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire, killing nearly two dozen people before being shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent.
The star of “Sing”, “Dallas Buyers Club” and many more hit movies was among one of the first high-profile celebrities to address the tragedy in a plea to control the epidemic of school shootings.
The actor wrote on social media on May 24, “As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my hometown of Uvalde, Texas,” he said.
“Once again we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,” he continues.
“As Americans, Texans, mother and fathers, it’s time we re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs. We have to rearrange our values and find a common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s issue.” McConaughey said.
“This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we stand on, we all know we can do better,” he added.
“We must do better. Action must be taken so that no parents has to experience what the parents of in Uvalde and the others before them have endured.”
Uvalde, Texas, USA. pic.twitter.com/0iULRGtREm
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) May 25, 2022
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