Matthew McConaughey weeps over victims of Texas White House shooting

American actor Matthew McConaughey delivered an emotional speech at the White House on Tuesday about the victims of the Texas shooting (Images: Reuters)

Uvalde native actor Matthew McConaughey broke down in tears at the White House as he shared the stories of children and victims killed in a Texas school shooting.

During Tuesday afternoon’s White House news briefing, McConaughey said he and his wife Camila met the families of victims following the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School.

McConaughey choked back tears as he spoke about 10-year-old Maite Rodriguez’s dream of becoming a marine biologist. The actor pointed to his wife, who was sitting in the audience, holding bright green Converse shoes with a heart on the toe.

“Maitie wore these every day. Green talk with a heart on the right toe. Those are the same green Converse on her feet that turned out to be the only positive evidence that could identify her in the shooting,” an emotional McConaughey said. ‘How about this?

McConaughey also spoke of Eliahna Garcia preparing to read a Bible verse at church. For 23 years, the actor raised a teacher at the school, Irma Garcia, whose husband died of a heart attack shortly after her death.

Throughout his 20-minute speech, McConaughey also expressed anger at the loss of life.

“Each of these parents wanted … they want their children’s dreams to live on,” he said. “They want their children’s dreams to be realized after they die. They want to make their loss of life matter.’

McConaughey, a gun owner who learned to shoot as a child, called for “responsible gun ownership” and gun control policies.

“We need background checks. We need to raise the minimum age to purchase an AR-15 rifle to 21. We need a wait for these guns. We need red flags and consequences for those who abuse them,” he said.

As Democratic and Republican senators work on bipartisan legislation on background checks and the age at which Americans can buy assault weapons, McConaughey said there is “something different” about the current effort.

“There is a feeling that maybe there is a viable way forward,” he said. “The responsible parties in this debate seem at least determined to sit down and have a real conversation about a new and improved way forward.”

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