Matthew McConaughey took to social media to call for action...

Matthew McConaughey took to social media to call for action after Tuesday's elementary school shooting in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas. Credit: Getty Images / Emma McIntyre

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, born and raised through age 10 in Uvalde, Texas, site of Tuesday's school massacre, said Americans must take action by first looking inward.

"As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my hometown of Uvalde, Texas," the 52-year-old McConaughey, who later moved with his family to Longview, Texas, wrote on his social media. "Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us."

The "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Sing" movie franchise star, who with wife Camila Alves has three children between 9 and 13 years of age, said: "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."

He added, "As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it's time we 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."

McConaughey called the shooting at Robb Elementary — the 27th school shooting with injuries or deaths in the United States this year, and the 119th since 2018, according to tracking by Education Week magazine — part of "an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better. We must do better. Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before them have endured."

At least 19 children and two teachers in a single classroom were killed by the 18-year-old gunman in Uvalde, a South Texas town of about 15,860, according to U.S. Census estimates. The shooter, who had one of two legally purchased assault rifles with him, was killed by police. This was the deadliest school shooting since that at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of 20 children and six educators in December 2012.

McConaughey concluded by addressing the families of the dead children: "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 can provide comfort, we will keep them coming."

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