Matthew McConaughey's Impassioned Gun-Reform Speech

After spending several days in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, following the shooting at Robb Elementary School, McConaughey shared the “stories, tears, and memories” that he and his wife, witnessed.

“The common thread, the confusion and the sadness, was the same: How can these families continue to honor these deaths by keeping the dreams of these children and teachers alive?” McConaughey said 

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, he said

McConaughey showed pieces of artwork from and photos of some of students and teachers killed at Robb Elementary, which McConaughey said is less than a mile from where his mother was a school teacher.

Alves sat nearby McConaughey’s podium, holding a pair of bright green Converse sneakers that belonged to 10-year-old Maite Rodriguez, one of the massacre’s victims. 

McConaughey spoke about Maite’s dream of becoming a marine biologist and her passion for nature.

he became emotional when recounting that these very shoes, which were branded with a heart over the right toe, were the “only clear evidence that could identify her.”

he said, We’ve got to take a sober, humble, and honest look in the mirror and rebrand ourselves based on what we truly value.”

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