Mental illness ‘the root of the problem’ needs gun policy reform

  • Matthew McConaughey said we had to “lean in to not allow the bad guy to have [a gun] before you have to catch it.”
  • The actor became a vocal advocate for gun reform after the school shooting in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.
  • As the GOP examines the “root of the problem,” it says gun policies are needed to stop mass shootings early.

Matthew McConaughey acknowledged that the GOP’s views on gun control “make sense,” but “we have to lean into not allowing the bad guy” to have the gun in the first place.

McConaughey emerged as an outspoken gun reform figure following the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed in the rampage.

The tragedy has renewed calls from both sides of the political spectrum for action – with Democrats calling for tougher gun policies and Republicans focusing on mental illness, school safety and armed men themselves.

In an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier On Tuesday, the actor said Republicans were looking at the “root of the problem” by focusing on issues like mental health and restoring family values ​​and school safety when tackling the shootings. mass.

“All of these things make sense,” he said. “That’s the root of the problem – people with mental illness who commit crimes. We’re fixing people, so we’re probably not going to have this conversation. But we’re not going to fix people. It’s going to be a job to life after we are here and after we are gone.”

“I think there are some things we can do to keep guns out of the bad guys’ hands, make it harder for them to get them,” the actor added. “If they have the gun and we find out it’s a bad guy, then we have the right to go get it. I think we also have to lean in to not allow the bad guy to get it before we have to do it. catch it.”

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On Monday, McConaughey wrote a editorial for the American statesman from Austin, outlining gun control policies that he says could “restore responsible gun ownership in our country,” including background checks, laws on the red flag, raising the age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21 and establishing a national waiting period following assault rifle purchases.

“It is not a choice between weapons or no weapons,” he wrote. “It’s the responsible choice. It’s the reasonable choice.”

Earlier Tuesday, McConaughey also met with President Joe Biden and delivered a speech at the White House press conference, recalling his experience meeting with the families of the victims of the Uvalde school shooting and urging legislators to address gun violence in schools.

“Can both sides rise above? Can both sides see beyond the political issue at hand and admit that we have a life preservation issue on our hands?” said McConaughey. “We now have a chance to reach out and seize higher ground, above our political affiliations.”

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