On June 6, 2022, Breitbart News noted that McConaughey used an Austin American-Statesman op-ed to push gun control in response to recent high profile shootings. He referred to gun control as an “acceptable sacrifice” in light of the attacks.
McConaughey spoke from the White House press room the nest day, June 7, 2022. He used the occasion to push the same gun controls he had outlined in the op-ed; gun controls that already exist in states around the country, where they have already failed to stop mass shootings.
The gun controls the Dallas Buyers Club star pushed for “background checks,” although the U.S. has had background checks since 1998. (Moreover, the May 24, 2022, Uvalde attacker and the May 14, 2022, Buffalo attacker both acquired their guns via background checks).
Speaking from behind the White House press room podium, McConaughey also said, “We need to raise the minimum age to purchase an AR-15 rifle to 21 [and] we need a waiting period for those rifles.” He also pushed for red flag laws.
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California has a 10-day waiting period for all gun purchases, a ban on semiautomatic rifle sales to people under age 21, and a red flag law. (The ban on semiautomatic rifles was ruled unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit on March 11, 2022).
On June 17, 2022, McConaughey posted a video to Twitter summarizing his Capitol Hill gun control push.
After McConaughey wrapped up his White House press room gun control push, Breitbart News pointed out that six handguns, two “assault weapons,” two submachine guns, a shotgun, and a grenade were used in the first season HBO’s True Detective; which McConaughey starred in and produced.
Breitbart News also noted that McConaughey has used 18 guns in 11 movies over the course of 25 years.
AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at [email protected]. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.