Actor Matthew McConaughey and relatives of victims of gun violence in the United States are urging Congress to act
Matthew David McConaughey is an American actor. He had his breakout role with a supporting performance in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused. After a number of supporting roles, his first success as a leading man came in the legal drama A Time to Kill.
Lawmakers, shooting victims, and gun-control supporters, including actor Matthew McConaughey, spoke out in Washington on Tuesday in support of legislation to limit mass shootings, amid hints of progress on an issue that has stalled Congress for years.
The current talks between Democrats and Republicans in the US Senate have given them hope. As Congress contemplates federal gun legislation after more than a decade of paralysis on the topic, the White House said President Joe Biden just wanted to see some form of legislation passed, even if a deal could not be made on his proposal to ban assault guns.
The reinvigorated effort to combat gun violence follows a succession of mass shootings throughout the country, including one on May 24 at a school in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 students and two teachers were slain.
McConaughey, an Oscar winner, and Uvalde native met Biden at the White House and offered an emotional plea for change from the White House podium.
“…Make the loss of these lives important,” McConaughey said, holding up photos of some of the children who had died and displaying the green sneakers that had helped identify the body of a 10-year-old girl.
“While we commemorate and acknowledge the victims, we must understand that something appears to be different this time,” he stated. “In this debate, responsible parties appear to be at least committed to sitting down and having a serious conversation about a new and better road forward.”