1167 Matthew McConaughey at the White House

Matthew McConaughey at the White House with an emotional speech about gun control:

JUNE 07, 2022 

The White House

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

2:25 P.M. EDT


MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Good afternoon, everyone.  So, I’d like to welcome Matthew and Camila McConaughey to the White House today to speak on an urgent issue our nation is currently facing.  You may know Matthew as an actor, but more importantly, he is a father; a native of Uvalde, Texas - and a gun owner.


He is here today to use his platform to call on leaders to take bipartisan action to end this senseless killing and pass reasonable gun responsibility measures that we know will save lives …


McConaughey asks:

How can we make the loss of these lives matter?


So while we honor and acknowledge the victims, we need to recognize that this time it seems that something is different.  There is a sense that perhaps there is a viable path forward.  

Responsible parties in this debate seem to at least be committed to sitting down and having a real conversation about a new and improved path forward - a path that can bring us closer together and make us safer as a country, a path that can actually get something done this time.

Uvalde, Texas, is where I was born.  It’s where my mom taught kindergarten less than a mile from Robb Elementary.  Uvalde is where I learned to master a Daisy BB gun.  I took that - that took two years before I graduated to a 410 shotgun.  Uvalde is where I was taught to revere the power and the capability of the tool that we call a gun.  Uvalde is where I learned responsible gun ownership.

Look, we heard from so many people, all right?  Families of the deceased - mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers. Texas Rangers, hunters, Border Patrol, and responsible gun owners who won’t give up their Second Amendment right to bear arms.  And you know what they all said?  “We want secure and safe schools, and we want gun laws that won’t make it so easy for the bad guys to get these damn guns.”

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.

Responsible gun owners are fed up with the Second Amendment being abused and hijacked by some deranged individuals. 

These regulations are not a step back; they’re a step forward for a civil society and - and the Second Amendment. 


Look, is this a cure-all?  Hell no. So where do we start?  

We start by making the right choices on the issue that is in front of us today.

There you have it: The right choices need to be made ... I agree; I have blogged about America and guns before (don't miss the Jim Jefferies Gun Comedy Routine on Netflix) ...

1165 What is it with Americans and guns?

The US is the only country in the world 
where guns outnumber people