• Matthew McConaughey is from Uvalde, Texas
  • The town was devastated on Tuesday after a shooter entered an elementary school and killed 19 children
  • McConaughey shared his thoughts

Nothing is worse than sending your child to school only to never see them again. In a devastating turn of events, that's precisely what happened after an 18-year-old assailant rushed an elementary school, fatally shooting 19 children and three adults.

Matthew McConaughey reacts to hometown shooting

A tragedy strikes the U.S. on Tuesday, one that hit a little too close to home for the Texas native, Matthew McConaughey. The movie star and father of three took to his Instagram to shed some insight on how he felt about the mass shooting.

After noting that he grew up in Uvalde until he was 16, the actor continued that the devastating events that took place landed on the responsibility of the nation. 

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"Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us," he said. "As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it's time we re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs." 

Alluding to the notorious gun laws in the U.S., McConaughey shares where he stands on the issue in a subtle yet effective way. He added, "What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state, and neighbourhood tomorrow? We cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo."

McConaughey has a deep relationship with Uvalde and its educators. His mother, who was a primary school teacher when he was young, taught at St. Philip’s Episcopal School, where McConaughey also attended. It's just blocks away from Robb Elementary where the shooting took place.

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"We have to rearrange our values and find a common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children's issue," he continued in his statement. 

Back in 2020, McConaughey and his mother, Kay, celebrated the town's centennial and shared that the town "was the most perfect place to raise children".

Many other celebrities have also taken to their social media accounts to talk about the issue surrounding gun laws in the U.S, including Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner, and Chris Evans. 

Rest in peace to the 22 victims of such a horrendous event.