Jon Voight calls for gun control. The longtime Republican and Trump supporter posted a video on his official Facebook page, calling for ‘proper’ qualifications for gun ownership and testing, following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022.
In his social media video, the Issuance star said his “heart bleeds for all those who are lost”.
“It’s not about left, right, guns, no guns. It’s about poorly functioning brains. It’s mental,” he said. “It’s not about healthy human beings serving the country with arms to bear or even this constitution’s right to bear arms…We have to identify each individual for their credentials, for their mental capacity to bear arms.”
He continued: “There should be proper qualifications for gun ownership and proper testing. One should only own a firearm if they are qualified and educated… May God watch over all and bring comfort for this loss that may never heal, because every child was such a precious gift.”
The Facebook video received over 20,000 views.
The Uvalde massacre, which left 19 children and two adults dead, has prompted many celebrities to speak out on gun control. The shooting is the deadliest elementary school shooting in Texas history, as well as the second deadliest shooting in the United States after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, which left 26 people dead.
Harry Styles took to social media to announce his partnership with the non-profit Everytown for Gun Safety. The “Daylight” singer plans to donate $1 million.
Matthew McConaughey, from Uvalde, also weighed in with a long twitter statement.
“Once again, we have tragically proven that we are not responsible for the rights our freedoms afford us,” McConaughey wrote. “The real call to action now is for every American to look longer and deeper in the mirror and ask themselves, ‘What do we really value? How do we fix the problem? What little sacrifices can we individually do today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state, and neighborhood tomorrow?” We cannot once again breathe out, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo.
Other famous Texans such as Selena Gomez and Jamie Foxx have spoken out about the tragedy and called on politicians to enact gun reform.