First Thing, Daily Maverick's flagship newsletter

Join the 230 000 South Africans who read First Thing newsletter.

Matthew McConaughey Calls for ‘Real Change’ in Tear...

Newsdeck

Matthew McConaughey appeals for gun control

Matthew McConaughey Calls for ‘Real Change’ in Tearful Plea for Gun Laws

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: After meeting with President Joe Biden, Actor Matthew McConaughey talks to reporters during the daily news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on June 07, 2022 in Washington, DC. McConaughey, a native of Uvalde, Texas, expressed his support for new legislation for more gun control in the wake of the elementary school shooting in his home town that left 19 children and 2 adults dead. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
By Bloomberg
08 Jun 2022 1

Actor Matthew McConaughey made an impassioned plea for new gun controls during a visit to the White House, two weeks after the elementary school massacre in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

By Justin Sink

Word Count: 376
(Bloomberg) —“We are in a window of opportunity right now that we have not been in before,” McConaughey told reporters in the White House briefing room following a meeting with President Joe Biden. “A window where it seems like real change, real change can happen.”The actor — who recently considered but ultimately decided against a bid for Texas governor — teared up speaking about the 19 children and two teachers killed. At one point, his wife held up green Converse sneakers belonging to one of the child victims, who had drawn a heart on the toe.“These are the same green Converse on her feet that turned out to be the only clear evidence that could identify her after the shooting,” the actor said.McConaughey said fellow responsible gun owners were “fed up with the Second Amendment being abused and hijacked by some deranged individuals.”

“We need background checks. We need to raise the minimum age to purchase an AR-15 rifle to 21. We need a waiting period for those rifles, we need red flag laws, and consequences for those who abuse them,” he said.

Some of those proposals are included in ongoing Senate bipartisan negotiations in the hopes of crafting a package that can gain support from 10 Republican senators to overcome a filibuster.

Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates gun-safety measures, is backed by Michael Bloomberg, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP.

Read More: Murphy Tells Biden Senate Gun Talks Narrowing In on Compromise

Earlier Tuesday, Biden met with Senator Chris Murphy, the Connecticut Democrat who is leading talks alongside Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican.

Biden believes “any step is a step forward” and was encouraged by the progress of the talks after meeting with Murphy, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

© 2022 Bloomberg L.P.
Gallery

Comments - share your knowledge and experience

Please note you must be a Maverick Insider to comment. Sign up here or sign in if you are already an Insider.

Everybody has an opinion but not everyone has the knowledge and the experience to contribute meaningfully to a discussion. That’s what we want from our members. Help us learn with your expertise and insights on articles that we publish. We encourage different, respectful viewpoints to further our understanding of the world. View our comments policy here.

All Comments 1

  • This is a good American, talking good sense, for the good of his country. May the Lord God Almighty bless your efforts Matt.

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted