Matthew McConaughey returned to his hometown of Uvalde, Texas connected Friday, May 27 to wage his respects to the victims of the Robb Elementary schoolhouse shooting massacre. The Oscar winner, whose parent taught astatine a schoolhouse 1 mile distant from the tragic country wherever 19 children and 2 teachers were slaughtered by an 18-year-old gunman, visited with schoolhouse territory officials and took photos with staff, but did not marque immoderate nationalist statements astatine the time.
This week was a solemn reminder that evil exists successful the world, but we volition ne'er fto it interruption us. We’ll unite to beryllium an adjacent much almighty reminder that emotion ne'er fails & unneurotic we tin alteration things.
— Tony Gonzales (@TonyGonzales4TX) May 27, 2022
McConaughey was accompanied by section Republican congressman Tony Gonzales, who shared photos of the actor’s sojourn to Twitter connected Friday, captioning it, “Appreciate Uvalde autochthonal Matthew McConaughey helping america heal.” Earlier Gonzales tweeted, “Thank you Matthew for helping to heal our community. Your sojourn brought truthful galore smiling faces to Uvalde. See you soon my friend.” Gonzales is simply a staunch Second Amendment activistic and has antecedently voted against 2 weapon betterment bills including 1 that called for expanded inheritance checks.
Although McConaughey didn’t code the nationalist during his visit, helium was 1 of the archetypal high-profile celebrities to marque a statement soon aft quality broke of the horrific tragedy. “Once again we person tragically proven that we are failing to beryllium liable for the rights our freedoms assistance us,” helium wrote connected Instagram. “As Americans, Texans, parent and fathers, it’s clip we re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs,” helium continued. “We person to rearrange our values and find a communal crushed supra this devastating American world that has tragically go our children’s issue.”
The Dallas Buyer’s Club star’s instrumentality to his hometown follows the astonishment visit connected Thursday by the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, wherever she laid achromatic flowers astatine a makeshift memorial for the victims and donated nutrient to the humor drive. Other celebrities, specified arsenic Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez and Halle Berry, sent their condolences to the victims’ families and spoke retired astir the weapon unit successful the aftermath of the deadliest schoolhouse shooting since Sandy Hook Elementary successful Connecticut successful 2012.