Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey offered prayers for the victims’ families after the horrific school shooting Tuesday in the actor’s hometown of Uvalde, Texas.
In addition to invocations, McConaughey urged introspection and “action” after at least 19 kids and two teachers were gunned down inside Robb Elementary School — an event that shocked the nation.
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“Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter. “The true call to action now is for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror and ask ourselves, ‘What is it that we truly value? How do we repair the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually take today to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state, and neighborhood tomorrow?'”
McConaughey said it’s unacceptable for Americans to “make excuses” or accept what has unfolded as normative. Rather than simply moving on, he’s calling on citizens of all stripes to think, speak, and act.
The actor hopes people come together to find solutions and said the epidemic of violence is one “we can control,” regardless of which side of the aisle individuals “stand on.”
“As Americans, Texans, mothers, and fathers, it’s time we re-evaluate and renegotiate our wants from our needs,” McConaughey continued. “We have to rearrange our values and find a common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s issue.”
Uvalde, Texas, USA. pic.twitter.com/0iULRGtREm— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) May 25, 2022
The actor concluded by appealing to the public to remember the parents who lost children in the deadly attack, urging “action” so individuals can avoid the pain currently being experienced by the bereaved families.
“To those who dropped off their loved ones today not knowing it was goodbye, no words can comprehend or heal your loss, but if prayers can provide comfort, we will keep them coming,” McConaughey said.
Continue to pray for the families and loved ones of the children and adults murdered in this horrendous tragedy.
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