WASHINGTON – Actor Matthew McConaughey gave a 20-minute plea in support of gun control legislation at the White House on Tuesday.
McConaughey met with grieving families and visited a memorial after an 18-year-old gunman killed two teachers and 19 students on May 24 at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
“We are in a window of opportunity right now that we have never been in before. a window where it looks like real change, real change, can happen,” McConaughey said.
The Oscar-winning leading actor, who was born in Uvalde, said legislation that still protects the Second Amendment is possible.
“I promise you, America, you and I are not as divided as we’re told,” McConaughey said.
The Austin American-Statesman published his opinion on Monday require background checks for all gun purchases; a minimum age of 21 for the purchase of assault rifles, a waiting period and “red flag” Legislation.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said McConaughey met with President Joe Biden before making his public statement.
McConaughey shared some of the victims’ stories. He showed a drawing of Alithia Ramirez, a 10-year-old victim who had dreamed of studying art in Paris.
He asked his wife, Camila Alves, to hold up a pair of green high-top Converse with a heart on the right toe. McConaughey said these belonged to Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, a 10-year-old aspiring marine biologist.
“Those are the same green Converse on her feet that turned out to be the only positive evidence that could identify her when she was shooting,” he said before pounding the podium. “How about that?”
McConaughey said Eliahna “Ellie” Amyah Garcia is already helping the family with landscaping. Before she died, he said she was preparing to read Deuteronomy 6:5 in the Wednesday evening service at her uncle’s church.
“That’s what Ellie became, but she never read it,” he said.
McConaughey said Irma Garcia, one of the two teachers killed, and her husband Joe Garcia, who later died of a heart attack, had a “fairytale love story” before the shooting. He described them as “humble” and “hardworking” people.
“It was a great family. Camila and I were sitting in the living room with about 20 family members, along with their four children. They were 23, 19, 15 and 13,” he said. “They told all these stories about Irma and Joe, how they served the community and had all these parties. Irma and Joe wanted to put together a food truck together when they retire soon.”
McConaughey said Uvaldi residents will need counselors for a long time. He said the families of the victims really wanted to make the loss of life matter.
“We begin by making laws that save innocent lives and do not violate our Second Amendment rights. We’re starting now by voting to pass policies that can prevent us from having so many Columbines, Sandy Hooks, Parklands, Las Vegas, Buffalos and Uvaldis from now on.”
McConaughey read out the names of the other victims: Jackie Cazares, Makenna Lee Elrod, Nevaeh Bravo, Jose Manuel Flores Jr., Xavier Lopez, Tess Marie Mata, Rojelio Torres, Eliahna A. Torres, Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, Uziyah Garcia, Jayce Carmelo Luevanos , Jailah Nicole Silguero, Amerie Jo Garza, Alexandria “Lexi” Aniyah Rubio, Layla Salazar, Maranda Mathis and her teacher Eva Mireles.
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Torres contributed to this report from Miami.
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