Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey releases statement on Robb Elementary shooting

‘Whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better’

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 01: Matthew McConaughey stands on the Texas Longhorns sideline during the first half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) (Sean Gardner, 2019 Getty Images)

UVALDE, Texas – A school shooting in Uvalde took the lives of 19 students and two adults on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School.

As more victims are identified and more details emerge, Matthew McConaughey, who is from Uvalde, has shared a statement online addressing the massacre.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” the actor wrote in a statement released on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

McConaughey referred to school shootings as an epidemic, adding that “whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better. We must do better.”

In his statement, he urges everyone to “re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs. We have to rearrange our values and find a common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s issue.”

“And to those who dropped off their loved ones today not knowing it was goodbye, no words can comprehend or heal your loss, but if prayers provide comfort, we will keep them coming,” McConaughey said at the end of his statement.

President Biden and other state and local leaders have also released statements regarding the massacre.

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.