Actor Alec Baldwin has a lot going on right now. For example, he’s facing involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from the shooting on the set of the film Rust. That alone has to be incredibly stressful.
Yet it seems that he still finds time for all kinds of things, such as commenting on gun control.
And a lot of people weren’t really feeling it.
The actor, 64, shared a screenshot of a viral tweet from musician Peter Frampton following the shooting at Covenant School in Nashville this week, in which six victims and the shooter were killed.
“26 years ago, a gunman entered Dunblane Primary School in Scotland, killing 16 kids and a teacher,” the tweet read. “The UK govt responded by enacting tight gun control legislation. In the 9400+ days since, there have been a total of 0 school shootings in the UK.”
Baldwin reposted the tweet on Instagram without a caption, seemingly in support of gun control measures, but it prompted blowback from some in light of the actor’s ongoing legal troubles.
“Read the room Alec. You are unbelievable,” someone wrote
“Kettle, pot,” snarked another, pointing out Baldwin’s seeming hypocrisy.
“Is the guy that killed someone with a gun, lecturing people on gun violence? Well I guess he has first hand knowledge,” commented one user.
First, let’s address the claim in the tweet itself.
Yes, there hasn’t been another school shooting in the UK since Dunblane. Prior to Dunblane, there hadn’t been a mass shooting as we generally define them (not using the Gun Violence Archive definition, that is). By GVA’s definition, there was only one other throughout all of history.
In other words, they weren’t exactly commonplace before Dunblane so it’s premature to say the gun control laws are what changed things.
Yet Baldwin is the last person who should play any part in the discussion.
Guns in his hands are responsible for more deaths than guns in most of our hands ever have. I know he claims he’s innocent, but I’m not buying that. As such, he’s the last person who has any business jumping into the gun debate here and now.
In fact, he’s the poster child for “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” at the moment since it seems pretty clear to me that it was his own negligence that killed Halyna Hutchins.
People are giving Baldwin flak because, frankly, he deserves it.
It takes a frighteningly low level of self-awareness to get into the gun debate when you’re facing involuntary manslaughter charges for shooting someone via your own negligence.
Sure, we can’t be trusted with guns when Baldwin is the one who showed he can’t be trusted with them.
Then again, it’s not like Baldwin or most other anti-gunners have ever had an issue with their own sins. They think they know better than the rest of us and they’re bound and determined to push an anti-gun narrative that would never apply to them.
They’re the elite, after all, and they deserve special consideration.
Baldwin, for example, would likely celebrate the arrest and prosecution of someone like Adam Baldwin (my favorite Baldwin, for the record) if he had a negligent discharge that killed a member of the crew.
Of course, Adam Baldwin wouldn’t have had such a thing, so it doesn’t really matter.
But Alec? He did and he’s convinced he did nothing wrong, so his popping off on gun control just feels like another day for him.
It ain’t and I’m glad people called him on it.