‘Step in the right direction’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 29: Matthew McConaughey attends HISTORYTalks Leadership &  Legacy presented by HISTORY at Carnegie Hall on February 29, 2020 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for STORY)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 29: Matthew McConaughey attends HISTORYTalks Leadership & Legacy Presented By HISTORY at Carnegie Hall on February 29, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for STORY)

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Matthew McConaughey has a lot to say about the country’s new gun control bill.

Captioning an eight-slide Instagram post, “America… the land of Y,” on Saturday, the 52-year-old actor called the bill “a sensible, holistic step to address America’s gun violence epidemic.” “.

“This bill will save innocent lives by keeping guns out of the hands of irresponsible hands that are trying to hijack the Second Amendment,” one of the slides read.

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“While this bill is not perfect, it is a shining example of great American potential and political virtue: the act of compromise and the validation of an opposing point of view,” he continued.

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McConaughey added that the country is a place “where we have Freedom AND Responsibility, Rights and Duties, Opportunity and Obligations.”

The actor concluded: “Our government took a step in the right direction. Now is the time for us to remind them AND ourselves of what is AND can be the best of our country.”

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On Saturday, President Joe Biden signed S. 2938, also known as the bipartisan “Safer Communities Act,” which enacts common-sense gun laws and provides funding for anti-violence and mental health support programs.

“I am about to enact a bipartisan gun safety bill. And time is of the essence. Lives will be saved,” Biden told reporters before putting his signature on the bill in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

The bill “improves certain restrictions and penalties on the purchase of firearms; promotes evidence-based best practices for school safety; authorizes grants to expand access to mental health services; and allocates emergency funds for resources mental health and school safety measures,” according to White. House briefing.

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McConaughey has attended more than 30 meetings on the country’s gun control problems on Capitol Hill in recent weeks. Earlier this month, McConaughey attended a White House news conference to comment on the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers on May 24, and what it means for the future of the nation.

“This shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” McConaughey said during his emotional 21-minute speech. “There is no democratic or republican value in a single act of these shooters, but the people in power have not acted.”

McConaughey, who was born in Uvalde, and his wife, Camila Alves McConaughey, spent several days in the actor’s hometown visiting the families of the victims. They heard numerous stories of innocent lives lost and realized that each family shared a common goal: to make the massacre matter.

“How can the loss of these lives matter?” McConaughey asked at the briefing. “While we honor and acknowledge the victims, we must recognize that this time it seems like something is different. There is a sense that maybe there is a viable way forward.” [for enacting gun safety legislation].”

Since the Uvalde massacre, McConaughey has spent a considerable amount of time in the DC area advocating for gun safety and has met with “more than 30 members of both parties,” including “leaders from the Senate, the House” , as well as President Biden.

The Uvalde School District has opened an official account with First State Bank of Uvalde to support Robb Elementary families affected by the tragedy. People can mail checks (made out to “Robb School Memorial Fund”) or donate money through Zelle to [email protected] People can also donate by calling 830-356-2273.

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