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Matthew McConaughey Gives Emotional White House Speech, Accused of ‘Grandstanding’ by Newsmax Reporter

“To make the loss of these lives matter…”

That was the mission statement Matthew McConaughey opened with Tuesday when he appeared at the White House press briefing room to give a 20-minute speech recounting the 19 children and two teachers who were killed in the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24. He called for more restrictive gun laws that might have prevented the murder weapon, an AR-15 assault rifle, from being sold to the 18-year-old assailant. The remarks drew praise on Twitter, but also drew immediate condemnation from right-wing media, including by a Newsmax reporter sitting in the press room. You can watch the entire speech below.

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McConaughey is a native of Uvalde himself, and he spoke about the small Texas town where he learned many of the values he’s taken with him throughout his life, including responsible gun ownership. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre introduced the actor as a gun…

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