Matthew McConaughey has “no words” after shooting in his Texas hometown of Uvalde. Other stars are also dismayed.
On Tuesday, an 18-year-old killed several people in a school shooting in Texas. 19 children and two adults died. The gunman kept shooting at Robb Primary School in the town of Uvalde. Matthew McConaughey (52), who is from the city, expressed his dismay in a lengthy statement on Twitter. “Once again we have tragically demonstrated our inability to take responsibility for the rights that our freedom affords us,” he wrote.
McConaughey called on Americans to act. “We cannot breathe again, apologize and accept these tragic realities as the status quo,” he said. “As Americans, Texans, moms and dads, it’s time to reevaluate and renegotiate our wants and needs. We need to realign our values and find common ground in this devastating American reality that is tragically becoming the problem of our children.”
“If prayers can bring comfort, we will continue to say them”
The 52-year-old went on to say that “measures must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others went through before them”. Finally, he addressed the victims’ families in emotional words: “For those who dropped off their loved ones today [at school] without knowing that it was a goodbye, there are no words to understand your loss or heal, but if prayers can bring comfort, we will continue.”
Gabrielle Carteris, Amy Schumer, Kerry Washington and other stars mourn
Other stars expressed their sympathy, their sadness and their anger at the killing spree. Actress Gabrielle Carteris (61) found clear words on Instagram: “There are fewer restrictions on gun ownership than on a woman’s right to choose! Fight to end this madness – make your voice heard! If not now .. . when then?”
Amy Schumer, 40, wrote on Instagram: “We mourn with the community of Uvalde, a predominantly Hispanic community, and everyone else who has been impacted by yet another senseless act of violence at our schools. This is another tragic example of how pervasive it is this public health crisis is in our country.”
Kerry Washington (45) tweeted that the incident was “unimaginable” for her as a mother. “School should be a safe place,” she wrote. “My heart breaks at the pain and suffering of every family member and loved one connected with today’s events in Texas. My prayers are with you.” Actor Elijah Wood (41) also tweeted: “My heart goes out to the families and children at Robb Elementary School in Texas. It’s really horrible.”
Singer Bette Midler (76) posted a tweet in capital letters. “What in God’s name are we doing? This has to change! This nation is full of people who cannot control their worst impulses, and the innocent always pay the price!” she wrote, among other things.