“We are in a window of opportunity right now that we have not been in before,” says actor.
Actor Matthew McConaughey appeared at a White House press briefing Tuesday to call for a range of gun control proposals, echoing some of Joe Biden’s gun control talking points.
“As I said, this moment is different,” McConaughey told reporters at the White House press briefing room. “We are in a window of opportunity right now that we have not been in before. A window in where it seems like real change — real change can happen.”
After McConaughey, a Ulvade native, launched into an impassioned speech lamenting the Robb Elementary school shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers in his hometown, he offered up similar gun control measures Joe Biden had advocated for days prior.
“We need responsible gun ownership,” McConaughey said. “We need background checks. We need to raise the minimum age to purchase an AR-15 rifle to 21. We need a waiting period for those rifles. We need red flag laws, and consequences for those who abuse them. These are reasonable practical tactical regulations.”
Unbeknownst to McConaughey, firearm retailers are already required to conduct background checks when guns are purchased in their stores.
“Responsible gun owners are fed up,” McConaughey claimed. “These regulations are not a step back; they are a step forward for a civil society and the Second Amendment.”
Imposing gun control measures “should not be a partisan issue,” he added.
The “Dazed and Confused” actor had previously called for a total ban on “assault weapons” in 2018 during an anti-Second Amendment March for Our Lives event.
“Let’s ban the assault weapons for civilians. This is a no-brainer,” he had said. “And to my friends out there that are responsible owners of these recreational assault weapons that they use for recreation, please let’s just take one for the team here and set it down. That issue saves lives.”