Matthew McConaughey: White House Speech

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Matthew McConaughey: White House Speech

Learn English with Matthew McConaughey’s Speech. Matthew McConaughey, a native of Uvalde, Texas, spoke with reporters about the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. McConaughey emotionally shared the stories of the 19 children and two teachers killed by a shooter at an elementary school in a small town in south Texas on May 24. His wife, Camila Alves, and he spent most of the week after the tragedy in his hometown with the families of the victims.

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“Good afternoon, everyone. So, I’d like to welcome Matthew and Camila McConaughey to the White House today to speak on an urgent issue our nation is currently facing. You may know Matthew as an actor, but more importantly, he is a father, a native of Uvalde, Texas, and a gun owner. He is here today to use his platform to call on leaders to take bipartisan action to end the senseless killing and pass reasonable gun responsibility measures that, we know, will save lives. Just a few minutes ago, Matthew met briefly with the President to talk about the importance of taking action, keeping our communities safe. But without further ado, I will like to bring up Matthew.

Thank you.

Here you go.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Camila.

To make the loss of these lives matter.

My wife and I — my wife and I, Camila, we spent most of last week on the ground with the families in Uvalde, Texas, and we shared stories, tears, and memories.

The common thread, independent of the anger and the confusion and sadness, it was the same. How can these families continue to honor these deaths by keeping the dreams of these children and teachers alive? Again, how can the loss of these lives matter?

So, while we honor and acknowledge the victims, we need to recognize that this time, it seems that something is different. There is a sense that perhaps, there is a viable path forward. Responsible parties in this debate seem to at least be committed to sitting down and having a real conversation about a new and improved path forward. A path that can bring us closer together and make us safer as a country, a path that can actually get something done this time.

Camila and I came here to share my stories from my hometown of Uvalde. I came here to take meetings with elected officials on both sides of the aisle. We came here to speak to them, to speak with them, and to urge them to speak with each other. To remind and inspire them that the American people will continue to drive forward the mission of keeping our children safe, because it’s more than our right to do so, it’s our responsibility to do so.

I’m here today in the hopes of applying what energy, reason, and passion that I have into trying to turn this moment into a reality. Because as I said, this moment is different. We are in a window of opportunity right now that we have not been in before, a window where it seems like real change — real change can happen.

Uvalde, Texas, is where I was born. It’s where my mom taught kindergarten less than a mile from Robb Elementary. Uvalde is where I learned to master a Daisy BB gun. I took that, took two years before I graduated to a 410 shotgun. Uvalde is where I was taught to revere the power and the capability of the tool that we call a gun. Uvalde is where I learned responsible gun ownership. And Uvalde called me on May 24th, when I learned the news of this devastating tragedy. I had been out of cellular range, working in the studio all day when I emerged and messages about a mass shooting, in the town I was born in, began flooding my inbox.

In a bit of shock, I drove home, hugged my children a bit tighter and longer than the night before, and then the reality of what had happened that day, in the town I was born in, set in.

So the next morning, Camila, myself, and the kids, we loaded up the truck and drove to Uvalde. And when we arrived a few hours later, I got to tell you, even from the inside of our vehicle, you could feel the shock in the town. You could feel the pain, the denial, the disillusion, anger, blame, sadness, loss of lives, dreams halted.

We saw ministries. We saw first responders, counselors, cooks, families trying to grieve without it being on the frontpage news. We met with the local funeral director and countless morticians who hadn’t slept since the massacre the day before because they’d been working 24/7 trying to handle so many bodies at once. So many little, innocent bodies who had their entire lives still yet to live.

And that is there that we met two of the grieving parents, Ryan and Jessica Ramirez. Their 10-year-old daughter, Alithia, she was one of the 19 children that were killed the day before. Now, Alithia, her dream was to go to art school in Paris and one day share her art with the world. Ryan and Jessica were eager to share Alithia’s art with us, and said if we could share it, then somehow, maybe that would make Alithia smile in heaven. They told us that showing someone else Alithia’s art would, in some way, keep her alive. Now, this particular drawing is a self-portrait of Alithia drawing, with her friend in heaven, looking down on her drawing the very same picture. Her mother said, of this drawing, she said, “You know, we never really talked to her about heaven before, but somehow she knew.”

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