Matthew McConaughey, a Uvalde native, is visiting the White House to advocate for tougher gun restrictions,
mental health reform, and punishments for those who break gun laws. After speaking with President
Joe Biden on reacting to mass shootings, the Texas actor appeared at a news conference on Tuesday.
Last month, a shooter opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, killing 19 students and two instructors.
While sharing tales of the families touched by the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary, which left 19 fourth graders and two
teachers dead and at least 17 others injured, the Austin resident became noticeably worked up.
After his statements, which came after a recent op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman in which he
proclaimed that "business as usual isn't working," McConaughey did not accept questions from reporters.
McConaughey said the reaction to the Uvalde shooting should be a "nonpartisan matter"
while standing in the White House with a Texas-shaped button on his black suit jacket.