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'What is it that we truly value?' Matthew McConaughey reacts to mass shooting in his hometown

Jigsha Desai
USA TODAY NETWORK

Hours after 21 people were killed in a school shooting in his hometown, actor Matthew McConaughey took to social media to share his thoughts.

Matthew McConaughey

As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my hometown of Uvalde, Texas. Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.

The gunman who authorities say shot and killed 19 students and two teachers at a Uvalde elementary school legally purchased two AR rifles last week, according to a briefing by state and federal officials provided to Texas officials.

In the briefing provided to the American-Statesman by Sen. John Whitmire, the gunman bought the weapons May 17 and May 20 from a local federal firearms licensee.

McConaughey's post asked:

The true call to action now is for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror, and ask ourselves, "What is it that we truly value? How do we repair the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state, and neighborhood tomorrow?" We cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo.

Read Matthew McConaughey full post below

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Camila Alves McConaughey, Matthew's wife, shared the post on her Instagram account too. 

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