Has Alec Baldwin earned your vote for his performance during his hour-long interview with George Stephanopolous. He is an experienced actor so crying on cue is what every actor is trained to do and he did it quite well during this interview which was televised over a month after the killing of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer on Baldwin’s movie.
If the intention of this interview was to bank on his celebrity status, his acting ability and the public not knowing enough about firearms and gun safety to get away with it, he failed.
Instead, it looked like Baldwin was grabbing for a lifeline talking about how he loved everyone on the set, and loved his family and everyone on earth.
To say that he did not put the trigger and he would never point a gun at anyone is a lie. The single-action gun was in his hand and was fired at a person. A single-action gun needs to be cocked and fired. Baldwin did say he cocked the gun but “didn’t pull the trigger” but this comment is buried somewhere in news article.
Baldwin finally said “I let go of the hammer – bang, the gun goes off.” He doesn’t hold himself responsible for the death of Hutchins, but does believe someone is responsible. “Someone is responsible for what happened,” Baldwin said. “It’s not me.”
So there you have it. He didn’t pull the trigger, but did let go of the hammer which must have been cocked, therefore, spinning the truth which has become very common in today’s world.
Baldwin must have taken a cue from that guy who said, “I didn’t have sexual relations with that woman.”
People not taking responsibility for their actions is certainly getting old. When a little kid says “I didn’t break the window”, or when a bully says “I didn’t start the fight”, and they get away with their lies, it only perpetuates the happenings in their adulthood.
In my opinion, Halyna Hutchins is dead because the gun went off, unintentionally, but don’t blame it on the gun. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
Baldwin’s retort and defense is what a certain U.S. faction absolutely believes: guns-kill-people!
These anti-gun supporters are dead-serious in believing that removing guns from U.S. citizens (anti-2nd-Amendment, too) will remove all gun inflicted casualties.
Criminals laugh at this posture, mind-set! Criminals do not abide by laws they choose to neglect. They will obtain guns illegally and take advantage of the unarmed.
There are plenty of statistics pointing to
Baldwin claims he was handed a revolver with a live round, he pulls the hammer and the gun discharges. But it’s NOT his fault… it’s someone’s but NOT his!
Yes, statistically (CDC statistics – https://brady-static.s3.amazonaws.com/5YearGunDeathsInjuriesStats-Jan-2021.pdf), the number of unintentional deaths by gunshot is very low (5-year avg = 483 from 2015-’19), all ages.
This is the argument Baldwin is employing: ‘there are VERY few gun-related deaths that occur on film sets’.
THAT is NOT the point. Gun safety is the point. AND Baldwin did NOT observe well-established firearm safety guidelines.
Gun safety is very clear:
1. Learn the mechanical & handling characteristics of the firearm you are using;
2. NEVER point a gun at an unintended target keep the muzzle/barrel pointed towards the ground;
3. Always assume the gun is loaded;
4. Keep finger off trigger until ready to discharge, do not rely upon the safety mechanism;
5. KNOW what is around & behind the intended target prior to discharging a firearm
This Baldwin scenario reminds me of a bumper sticker: “Want to stop drunk drivers from killing sober drivers? Ban sober drivers from driving”!
I’m certain a number of the populous will disagree… the anti-gun congregation who will reject where responsibility lies.
It’s the same throng who believe cars kill people…
I wonder why they are making a movie with real loaded guns !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He said he never pulled the trigger, and this could be true. Pretty sure the type of gun he was using will fire if you just let go of the hammer, which he said he did when the cinematographer finished telling him how to cock and aim into the camera for the shot she wanted. He must not have known enough about the weapon to realize what would happen if you don’t release the hammer gently–and certainly you don’t do it while it’s aimed at someone.
The ultimate responsibility falls onto those in charge of firearm props. The people handling the firearms would go off into the desert on breaks for target practice with live ammo. People quit this movie because of the behavior of co-workers. Live ammo should have been NOWHERE on the set.