The news is buzzing after word spread like wildfire that Hollywood actor and gun control activist accidentally shot and killed one and injured another while filming his latest movie.
Baldwin has not been charged with anything but many people are speculating that he should be considering the tragic outcome of the incident.
The details of what transpired that day are still unclear but what we do know is that there were complaints about the conditions of the set.
There were reports of crewmembers walking off the set of “Rust” including complaints about long hours, long commutes, and waiting for their paychecks, according to three people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment.
Also, there were several complaints concerning the safety protocols, including gun inspections that were not carefully followed.
In fact, there was at least one of the camera operators that complained last weekend to a production manager about gun safety on the set.
Then just before the fatal incident on the set, Baldwin’s stunt double reportedly fired two rounds from the gun even after being told it was “cold”. The term “cold” is the lingo that the weapon did not have any ammunition in it, including blanks.
Those who were on the set have stated to reporters that an investigation should be opened and if there is one they should investigate Baldwin too.
The Gateway Pundit has been covering the story and they had this to say about the incident and I cannot say I disagree with their findings.
If a revolver was used by Baldwin then a negligent discharge is not an “accident”. It is negligence. Whoever loaded the revolver handled each round. If the person loading the gun was paying attention, it is impossible to “accidentally” load a live round.
A round of modern ammunition has four components:
- A primer, which starts the ignition process
- The casing, usually brass, which remains in the revolver as an empty shell casing after being fired.
- Gunpowder, which burns very quickly and generates a large amount of expanding gas. This, in turn, makes a lot of noise and light and pushes the fourth component out of the barrel
- The bullet
Blank ammunition does not have a bullet. Therefore, if you are loading blanks you will not see a bullet poking out of the end of the shell casing. Blanks are not harmless. A blank round will propel a plug and gunpowder when fired. If you fire a blank from a pistol pressed against a person’s head the force of the explosion is enough to kill a man.
Compare a blank 44 pistol caliber with a regular 44. The following is a 44 blank:
And here is a live 44 caliber round:
If you are paying attention and are knowledgeable about a 44 caliber pistol, you will not confuse these two rounds. The brass is crimped in the 44 blanks. The bullet is clearly visible in the live 44 round.
There are four fundamental rules for gun safety:
- Treat every gun as if it is loaded until you inspect the firearm and determine there is no ammunition in the chamber.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you have your sights aligned and are ready to shoot.
- Do not point the gun at anything or anyone you are not prepared to destroy or kill.
- Identify your target and what is behind it. A bullet can pass thru a person or object and continue downrange and strike someone or something.
We know this for certain–Alec Baldwin did not inspect the gun to verify it was unloaded, he pointed the gun at a person he did not want to kill and the round he fired continued downrange and struck the director.
There are two different stories circulating about the fatal wound suffered by Halyna Hutchins. According to a crew source communicating with Jack Posobiec, the bullet struck Halyna in the abdomen, then exited and struck the director’s shoulder, who was crouching behind her (this is from Jack’s Telegram channel).
The B-camera operator was on a dolly with a monitor, checking out the potential shots. Hutchins was also looking at the monitor from over the operator’s shoulder, as was the movie’s director, Joel Souza, who was crouching just behind her.
Baldwin removed the gun from its holster once without incident, but the second time he repeated the action, ammunition flew toward the trio around the monitor. The projectile whizzed by the camera operator but penetrated Hutchins near her shoulder, then continued through to Souza. Hutchins immediately fell to the ground as crew members applied pressure to her wound in an attempt to stop the bleeding.
This was not the first incident of unsafe gun handling. The LA Times also reports:
Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two rounds Saturday after being told that the gun was “cold” — lingo for a weapon that doesn’t have any ammunition, including blanks, two crew members who witnessed the episode told the Los Angeles Times.
“There should have been an investigation into what happened,” said the crew member. “There were no safety meetings. There was no assurance that it wouldn’t happen again. All they wanted to do was rush, rush, rush.”
A colleague was so alarmed by the prop gun misfires he sent a text message to the unit production manager. “We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges. This is super unsafe,” according to a copy of the message reviewed by The Times.
This was not a “misfire.” A misfire means when you pull the trigger you hear a click but no bang. The ammunition malfunctioned or the firing pin on the pistol is not working properly.
There also is no such thing as an “accidental” discharge. If a firearm is fired unintentionally it is negligence. Gun accidents are caused by only two things–ignorance and/or carelessness. If you are holding a pistol, it will not fire unless you put your finger on the trigger.
What do you think?
UPDATE: Based on a picture posted at the New York Post, Baldwin was using a single-action revolver.