Baldwin Incident Proves No One Should Listen To Hollywood On Guns

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Alec Baldwin is a big name in Hollywood. He has been for ages.

He’s also a very vocal critic of our right to keep and bear arms. Twitter has been abuzz with people mocking the actor, recounting his previous tweets blasting gun owners, the police, and so on. Frankly, it hasn’t been that difficult.

Here’s what we know as of right now:

Alec Baldwin was “practicing” with the gun on the New Mexico set of Rust when it went off.

New information about the incident — which caused the death of the film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, and injured director Joel Souza — has been detailed in search warrants executed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office and obtained by Yahoo Entertainment.

Souza said they were setting up a shot that required Baldwin, who plays an outlaw in the film, to cross-draw the weapon and point it at the camera. While demonstrating what he would do, the gun, which wasn’t supposed to be loaded, went off, the warrant states.

“Joel advised they returned back to the set after lunch, although he is not sure if the firearm was checked again,” the document says. “Joel stated they had Alec sitting in a pew in a church building setting, and he was practicing a cross draw. Joel said he was looking over the shoulder of [Hutchins], when he heard what sounded like a whip and then loud pop.”

Souza told authorities that three people handled the gun for the scene. That also included armorer Hanna Gutierrez-Reed, who had the prop guns on a cart outside where they were filming due to COVID-19 restrictions, and assistant director David Halls, who handed one of the guns to Baldwin.

A previous search warrant stated that Baldwin fired the gun only after Halls announced it was a “cold gun,” meaning it wasn’t supposed to have any live rounds in it.

Now, Hollywood supposedly has protocols in place to prevent this from happening. In particular, no one except the armorer or assistant armorers are supposed to hand weapons to the actors. They’re the ones who declare a gun cold.

Baldwin has been in the game long enough to know this. What’s more, as a producer on the film, he was in a position of authority–granted, as big of a name as he is, he has enough authority even if he wasn’t producing the movie. He could have called for the armorer and made sure everything was clear.

There also aren’t supposed to be any live rounds anywhere near the set.

These aren’t bad rules, either, but Hollywood doesn’t follow their own rules, apparently.

Then there’s the fact that Baldwin still pointed a gun at the cinematographer when there was absolutely no reason to. This isn’t a Hollywood rule that was violated, but one of the basic rules of firearm safety.

Hollywood, though, has long violated those basic rules whenever convenient or whenever they wanted to get a good shot.

Yet this same Hollywood thinks nothing of telling you that you shouldn’t have firearms, that you can’t be trusted with guns. We typically call this behavior “projection.” It seems that they cannot be trusted with guns and that on some level they know it, so they transfer that onto people like you and me.

At every point, Hollywood does things that you or I would never consider doing with a gun. They point it at one another all the time. They pull the trigger while pointing it at people they don’t intend to kill. They do all of that so they can get the shot.

They don’t understand the average gun owner isn’t interested in that. We just want to have the means to keep our families safe and defend our nation if the need arises. We’re not pointing them at people to show them what we’re going to do.

Hollywood doesn’t get that. They think we’re as bad as them. No, strike that. They think we’re worse than them. They’re professionals and we’re not, at least as they see it.

And that’s why no one should ever listen to them again on anything, but particularly on guns.

Nov 29, 2021 4:30 PM ET