Actor Matthew McConaughey has come out in support of some gun control measures and even gave a small talk at the “March for Our Lives” rally, but despite his general support for firearm restrictions, he’s still concerned that the movement — primarily led by young folk — is going to end up hijacked by extreme anti-gun folk who want to do away with the Second Amendment entirely.
McConaughey shared his thoughts and fears on the issue of gun violence at CinemaCon, a convention for theater-owners.
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“I’ve got a lot of friends who are gun owners. I’ve got a lot of friends who are NRA (National Rifle Association). I grew up hunting. We had responsible gun ownership, but I was taught the right way to respect that tool,” he said. “At the same time, their petition that they were speaking about is a very good one. And I also fear that their campaign — they have to watch that they don’t get hijacked. Meaning, a lot of the crowd was for no guns at all. That was not the march for life. March for Our Lives was for rightful, just, responsible gun ownership — but against assault rifles, against unlimited magazines and for following up on the regulations.”
McConaughey ultimately hopes that a middle-ground can be reached between the to parties so that the epidemic can be curtailed.
“The two sides (have) got to talk. Because we both agree that there’s an epidemic,” he said. “We both agree something has got to change. So I was for what they were marching for, and I wanted to speak to my hometown on the capital of my state Texas’ steps. And also talk to the many men and women who I grew up with, I know that had the guns, that owned the guns, and say, ‘hey, do we really, where can we reach across the aisle here? Find a compromise for the betterment of all of us?’”
Now obviously there’s a lot to disagree with about McConaughey’s take on gun control, but at least he’s willing to engage in a civil discussion on the topic, which is more than we can say for a lot of his colleagues in the entertainment industry.
Most of them wouldn’t even bother to have a logical chit-chat about guns and the best solution to help curb the violence without infringing on people’s rights. They’d want to go straight for taking that right away and shouting down anyone who suggested doing otherwise.