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Matthew McConaughey appeared before the media at the White House and delivered an emotionally charged speech, and expressed an urgent demand to enhance gun relations following recent shootings across America.
The actor tearfully addressed the crowd in a 22-minute speech, telling them that he had to witness grieving family members as they prepared for their children’s burial.
“We heard from so many people: Families of the deceased, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, Texas Rangers, hunters, border patrol and responsible gun owners who won’t give up their Second Amendment rights. They all said, ‘We want secure and safe schools, and we want gun laws that won’t make it so easy for the bad guys to get these damn guns.’”
The actor believes that gun violence in America is a very serious problem and should be addressed with strict regulations. He also recommended raising the age limit for purchasing firearms to 21, performing background checks on all potential buyers and imposing other provisions.
McConaughey is a well-known actor who has memorable roles in movies like “The Wedding Planner” and “Dallas Buyers Club.” But more than his acting prowess, McConaughey also voices opinions on pressing issues, particularly gun control. He wrote an op-ed titled “It’s Time to Act on Gun Responsibility,” which was published by The Austin American-Statesman.
“I believe that responsible, law-abiding Americans have a Second Amendment right, enshrined by our founders, to bear arms. I also believe we have a cultural obligation to take steps toward slowing down the senseless killing of our children,” he wrote in the op-ed.
“There is no constitutional barrier to gun responsibility,” McConaughey added in the writeup. “Keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous people is not only the responsible thing to do; it is the best way to protect the Second Amendment. We can do both.”
In the wake of the shooting, President Joe Biden has notified Congress that he wants laws created to control and gatekeep gun ownership in America.
Meanwhile, prominent politicians are working together to strengthen security in schools and tighten gun laws. These include Sen. Chris Murphy, who is a well-known advocate and Sen. John Cornyn.
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