Matthew McConaughey Meets with Senators After Endorsing Gun Control as ‘Acceptable Sacrifice’

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Actor Matthew McConaughey was spotted on Capitol Hill on Monday and Tuesday, after endorsing gun control laws in an op-ed in the Austin American-Stateman.

The Failure to Launch star was seen by reporters meeting with Senate Democrats Dick Durbin (D-IL), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Republicans Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

The actor famous for wielding weapons in movies such as The Gentleman, Reign of Fire, and Sahara called for a number of gun control measures, arguing it was an “acceptable sacrifice “for supporters of the Second Amendment.

Matthew McConaughey endorsed making it a federal law for all gun sales to receive a background check, even though every retail gun sale already has background checks.

He also endorsed “Red Flag Laws” allowing family members or law enforcement to prevent individuals from purchasing firearms.

McConaughey also endorsed the idea of raising the age from 18 to 21 for Americans to purchase some semiautomatic rifles like AR-15s and AK-47s and go through a waiting period before they could acquire them.

Matthew McConaughey in The Gentlemen. (STX Films/Miramax)

“It’s time for real leaders to step up and do what’s right, so we can each and all just keep livin’,” he concluded in his op-ed.

McConaughey describes his political views as “aggressively centrist” but has a history of supporting gun control.

In 2018, the actor spoke at the leftist “March for Our Lives” protest where activists demanded more gun control in response to school shootings.

During his speech, he called for a ban on what he described as “assault weapons” for civilians.

“This is a no-brainer,” he said. “And to my friends out there that are responsible owners of these recreational assault weapons that they use for recreation, please let’s just take one for the team here and set it down.”

McConaughey also called for restrictions on ammunition capacity of magazines for firearms and universal background checks.

“Now, those are the three main stipulations and for those three I can say it, you can say it with me: alright, alright, alright,” he said at the time.


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