WASHINGTON- Many gun-owning Americans were probably surprised to see actor Matthew McConaughey, of Dazed and Confused fame, address the White House press corps on gun control on Tuesday.
This position would typically be occupied by someone like the President Joe Biden. They were probably further surprised to see President Joe Biden occupy the guest’s seat on ABC’s late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, which someone like McConaughey would usually occupy.
But with the President’s approval numbers dropping by the day and recent polls showing that even after recent mass shootings, most Americans didn’t see more gun control as the answer — it seems like the White House has pulled out all the stops.
What do you do when your guy can’t sell it? Bring in an actor that millions of everyday Americans like and see if he can get the job done!
McConaughey Pushed Biden’s Radical Gun Control Agenda
The charismatic actor of How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days fame is a native of Uvalde, Texas, whose mother taught kindergarten near Robb Elementary School, where the massacre occurred.
That, plus the fact that McConaughey, unlike Biden, could project confidence and speak predominately in complete sentences, made him a natural choice to move the Administration’s radical anti-gun agenda.
In his remarks to the press on Tuesday, McConaughey expressed his sense that there was a “visible path forward” on gun control legislation and credited what he called “responsible parties” engaged in talks on the issue.
This is a possible allusion to ongoing negotiations between a group of bipartisan senators to come up with potential legislation.
I’m here today in the hopes of applying what energy, reason, and passion that I have into trying to turn this moment into a reality,” McConaughey told reporters. “Because, as I said, this moment is different. We are in a window of opportunity right now that we have not been in before, a window where it seems like real change – real change can happen.”
The Failure to Launch star parroted the same talking points that have been outlined by the Biden Administration in the wake of Buffalo and Uvalde, calling for background checks, raising the minimum age of purchasing an AR-15 rifle to 21, waiting periods and red flag laws.
McConaughey has drawn fire from critics for his appearance at the White House, notably for the numerous instances that guns have played in the characters he has portrayed in film and television. A list of numerous guns McConaughey used during his acting career can be found on the Internet Movie Firearms Database.
Biden Wishes To Throw Republicans Who Oppose Gun Control In Jail
The day after McConaughey appeared at the White House, President Biden sat down with left-wing comedian/ talk show host Kimmel. The New York Post noted that the President has not sat down for a one-on-one interview that was on the record with a reporter in about four months.
The conversation between the President and the former co-host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show centered on gun control.
According to CNN, Kimmel pressed the President as to why he would not simply issue executive orders to combat gun violence. The President said he did not want to “emulate Trump’s abuse of the Constitution.”
“I often get asked, ‘look, the Republicans don’t play it square, why do you play it square?’ Well, guess what? If we do the same thing they do, our democracy will literally be in jeopardy,” the President said, according to CNN.
Kimmel responded by asking how any progress could be made if Republicans aren’t playing by the rules, liking the situation to a Monopoly game with someone who won’t pass “Go.”
“You got to send them to jail,” Biden responded.
Kimmel did not elaborate on what kind of rules were being broken, nor did the President lay out the charges against those he wished to send to jail.
Biden’s quip, given in jest though it may have been, tells a larger story regarding the Administration’s approach to gun control legislation: embrace the far-left position from the outset and offer no room for compromise, as outlined in his June 2nd address to the nation.
Since then, similar rhetoric has been provided by, among others, White House advisor Mitch Landrieu, who told CNN last week that there was “no middle ground” on gun control.
According to CNN, Biden’s appearance with Kimmel marks a shift in the President’s branding.
“Biden and his advisers have been frustrated in recent months as their attempts to get the President’s message to break through to voters have been less than successful,” wrote Frank Pallotta of CNN.
CNN reported last week that the White House is looking for more opportunities to show off Biden’s personality outside of the staid set-piece speeches that have mostly marked their public relations strategy in the initial stage of his presidency, giving him little opportunity for the unscripted moments that have become a core part of his political identity over his long career.
Biden’s Approval Numbers In Free Fall
If the President’s latest job approval numbers are any indication, he will need all the help he can get.
The same day Biden appeared on Kimmel’s program, Quinnipiac released its latest poll, which finds the President’s approval numbers in stunning disarray. Only 33 percent of respondents approved Biden’s job performance, while 55 percent disapproved.
The Quinnipiac poll also revealed that less than 50 percent of Blacks and only 24 percent of Hispanics approved Biden’s performance.
Incidentally, 33 percent of respondents to the poll placed inflation as the most urgent issue facing the country today, while gun violence was a distant second at 17 percent.
Biden’s approval number is 39.4 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics average, as of the time of this writing.
While the appearance of Hollywood celebrities in Washington on behalf of one particular cause or another is about as old as there has been a Hollywood, the impression of McConaughey addressing the press at the White House is particularly pathetic given the rumored dementia of the President — who seems to be fighting a daily battle with the English language.
It is nearly an admission from the Administration that they can’t count on their grandfatherly figurehead to attend to even the most basic of duties: talking out loud.
As for the President’s appearance on Kimmel, we cannot find what rules the President and Kimmel claim Congressional Republicans are violating, as frustrating as the rules can be for no-compromise gun owners like us.
Our founding fathers set up a complex and redundant process for passing laws in the Constitution, which is at odds with progressive leftists who prize a smoother, more streamlined process by which the edicts of experts could codify their ideological findings into law the fastest way possible.
Whether he knew it or not, Kimmel expressed the attitude of the leftist Biden Administration, especially on the gun control issue. The “rules” under this worldview are whatever the consensus of experts say they are.
Since experts determined that Buffalo and Uvalde could be avoided if Congress passed another assault weapons ban, passed red flag laws, forced gun owners to secure their firearms in a certain way, etc.
Never mind evidence to the contrary or weighing any possible alternatives. The experts have spoken. The “rules” have been given. So, it must be.
Those who refuse to buy what the left’s often bought-and-paid for ‘experts’ are selling have apparently broken the “rules.”
The only rules we as law-abiding gun owners recognize have been laid out in the Constitution in the Second Amendment. Whether this violation of their idea of “rules” causes outrage among leftists is of no concern to us.