The recent spate of shootings in America, including the Uvalde School shooting, there have been a number of calls for the U.S. gun laws to be changed to prevent this kind of thing happening in the future. Jurassic World Dominion star Laura Dern has become of the many celebrities adding their voice to the cause, revealing her support for a planned mass walkout at her daughter’s school in protest of the lack of action taken to change how guns are so easily accessed.
Laura Dern’s comments were made in an interview with The Guardian, and follow the recent speech made at the White House by another award-winning actor, Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey, who comes from Uvalde, urged for stricter restrictions on the sale of guns, calling for more background checks and a raising of the minimum age for purchasing a firearm. Dern slammed those opposing new restrictions, and feels that there has been a lot of false politicizing of the issue. She said:
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“What if we just said: kids in America aren’t going to school, because schools aren’t safe until you change gun laws in this country? “There has never, ever been a world where any Democrat or liberally minded politician or caring conservative parent said: ‘We are gonna take everybody’s guns.’ So they created a story. The narrative is: ‘They’re gonna take our guns!’ and it’s been feeding American culture all these years. And now we have weekly mass shootings. No boy with mental health history – no human being – should ever be able to go into a store and legally buy an AR-15 and 300 rounds of ammunition. You can have a hunting rifle and you can have guns to protect your family or whatever, but there are still profound ways we can effect change so that semiautomatic and automatic weapons and no background checks are not a part of our country.”
Many Celebrities Spoke Out Following the Most Recent Shooting
The shooting of 19 children and two adults in the Texas elementary school in Uvalde seemed to bring more of a reaction to the current gun laws of the U.S. than other similar incidents, which happen on a much too frequent basis. Leading the celebrity condemnation of the incident was McConaughey, who shared a long post on his Instagram account, commenting “we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us. The true call to action now is for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror and ask ourselves, ‘What is it that we truly value? How do we repair the problem?’”
Others including Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Mandy Moore and Amy Schumer quickly added their messages of support for the people of Uvalde, and for something being done to prevent this kind of tragic incident from being such a common occurrence in the future. The debate over what, if anything, will be done with the existing gun laws is one that has a long way to run before a resolution is agreed.