Matthew McConaughey was the star of this week’s gun drama in Washington.
Two weeks after the massacre of 19 school children in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, the actor has issued an emotional plea for tougher gun control measures.
McConaughey received — and deserved — praise for much of what he said in the White House briefing room on Tuesday.
Of course, he was a celebrity prop exploited by President Biden and the House Democrats to sell their hysterical, unconstitutional ideas on gun control to the American public.
But while McConaughey is certainly not a covert conservative Republican, he owns and shoots guns and is not a stereotypical Hollywood liberal who wants to disarm all American citizens – except their own bodyguards, sure.
In a town full of Democrats exploiting the latest national tragedy for their own political gain, McConaughey came across as refreshing, reasonable, sensible and bipartisan on several gun control issues.
Most Americans would agree with him that you would have to be 21 before you were allowed to buy an AR-15.
Most Americans would agree with him that there should be a cooling off period between when you buy a handgun and when you get it.
And most Americans would also support his call for increased use of “red flag” laws that allow authorities to take the guns away from mentally ill people who pose a threat to themselves or the rest of society. ‘between us.
McConaughey’s rational approach to solving a highly controversial and seemingly intractable political problem reminded me of another movie actor I knew quite well – Ronald Reagan.
Whenever my dad negotiated with the Democrats or his own party to get legislation passed, the first thing he did was sit down and find all the things that both sides agreed on.
Then he would say, “Let’s write and pass a bill containing these points and we’ll discuss the other things later.”
In today’s hyper partisan politics, it just doesn’t happen that way.
This week, the House-leading Democrats put on a big, emotional show to show how much they care about the Uvalde massacre, then passed a tough gun control bill aimed to please. only to their principal constituents.
Pelosi and his team knew the bill would never pass the Senate 50-50.
Yet they were so determined to politically exploit the deaths of 19 schoolchildren that just two weeks later they thought it was a good idea to bring in families from Uvalde to testify before a committee – and relive the horror and rekindle the sorrow.
Reducing future mass school shootings is not just about taking guns away from everyone, including law-abiding citizens.
Democrats think it’s that simple, but even an actor like McConaughey knows it’s not true.
He knows it will take a mix of solutions, including making schools safer and hiring armed school guards.
Some of McConaughey’s ideas have already been enshrined in state-level law.
A group of states — including California and Florida — already have five-day cooling off periods for buying a handgun. And in California, if you’ve never bought ammo before, there’s even a three-day waiting period.
People wonder what Ronald Reagan would do with guns in the wake of those tragic mass shootings.
Well, first he would find the points of agreement between Democrats and Republicans in Congress and get them to draft a bill.
Cooling period? No problem. Age limit for AR-15s? No problem. Red flag laws that are actually enforced? No problem.
Then he would say, “Pass the bill and bring it to my office and I’ll sign it.”
But he would also add this caveat – “But you realize that all of this could be done by states – and it should be.”
Then my father would deliver a national prime-time speech calling on state governors and legislatures to pass federal legislation at the state level.
One thing President Reagan wouldn’t do? Go on late night TV and discuss gun control with Jimmy Kimmel.