Matthew McConaughey Address Elementary School Shooting in His Hometown of Uvalde

Actor and Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey took to social media Wednesday to address the shooting in his hometown.

In a lengthy statement, he offered prayers to those affected and urged Americans to reassess their values, saying “we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us” without specifically mentioning guns or reforms.

“This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better,” he wrote. “Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before have endured.”

McConaughey has publicly considered running for Texas governor in recent years, without specifying which political party he would align with. He announced in November that he would explore other forms of service instead.

“As a simple kid born in the little town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership,” McConaughey said at the time. “It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment.”

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SOURCE: NPR, Rachel Treisman