Nineteen children and two teachers were killed by a gunman last month at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. McConaughey, a Uvalde native, said he and his wife, Camila Alves, spent most of the past week with the families of those who were killed in his hometown. McConaughey highlighted the lives of several children who were killed in the shooting.
麦康纳举起在枪击案中丧生的10岁的阿莉西亚·拉米雷斯的照片说道，“她的梦想是去巴黎的艺术学校读书，有一天能与世界分享她的艺术。”麦康纳还展示了小女孩的画作，称小女孩的父母希望分享女儿的作品，“在某种意义上让她活下去”（showing someone else Alithia’s art would in some way keep her alive） 。
“Alithia, she was one of the 19 children that were killed the day before. Her dream was to go to art school in Paris and one day share her art with the world. “
“Maite wore green high-top Converse with a heart she had hand-drawn on the right toe because they represented her love of nature.”
“These are the same green Converse on her feet that turned out to be the only clear evidence that could identify her after the shooting.”
In a 22-minute speech , McConaughey appeared to choke up and hold back tear.
He said there was now a "window of opportunity" to enact meaningful gun legislation reform and called for universal background checks, raising the minimum age for purchasing an AR-15 to 21.
“As divided as our country is, this gun responsibility issue is one we agree on more than we don’t. It really is. But this should be a nonpartisan issue”, Republicans and Democrats, McConaughey said, need to see “beyond the political problem at hand and admit that we have a life preservation problem on our hands.”
While many praised the actor for using his visibility to take a stand on gun violence and gun control, some critics bashed him for glorifying the use of firearms in his films. An unidentified reporter at the White House asked McConaughey after his speech if he was "grandstanding" - trying to attract attention to himself instead of the issue at hand.
The "Dallas Buyers Club" actor publicly weighed a run for governor in Texas last year but ultimately ruled one out.