[December 4, 2021] Back in October this year, there was a tragic shooting on the move set of Rust. Alec Baldwin was the producer and actor in this Western, set in 1880s Kansas town. Production was halted after Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed the cinematographer and wounded the director.
There is an ongoing investigation that has yet to be completed, but some facts are indisputable. Much of the tragedy’s facts lend credence to the failure of several people to do their jobs. This is where leadership failed, and people died as a result. We now know that Alec Baldwin pointed a prop gun (a real gun) at the cinematographer, pulled the trigger, causing the gun to discharge and kill her.
Typically, all this would be handled by the local police or sheriff’s department to investigate and recommend whether charges would be filed or not. Anyone connected with the investigation typically keeps a low profile to prevent prejudicing the formal investigation. Not this time.
Alec Baldwin went on an interview with George Stephanopoulos. Most attorneys would recommend that you keep your mouth shut. If for no other reason, keeping your mouth shut gives others no opportunity to pile charges onto you. Here is part of the conversation:
George Stephanopoulos: “Do you feel guilt?”
Alec Baldwin: “No. Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”
This short clip, which can be found on YouTube and elsewhere, says a lot about the mentality of Alec Baldwin. He rejects the concept of individual responsibility. It is important to note that Baldwin failed to adhere to the most basic rules of using a gun. The most important rule is that you never point a gun at someone you don’t intend to shoot.
Baldwin says he doesn’t know why the live round was in the gun or why there was a live round even on the set that day.
Alec Baldwin: “I pulled the hammer as far back as I could without cocking the gun. I let go of the hammer and bang; the gun went off.”
Everything I’ve seen points to the conclusion the deadly shooting was an accident. But to deny any responsibility is, in itself, an admission that Baldwin lives in a fantasy world not invaded by reality. Better to keep your mouth shut and make people wonder if you are stupid rather than making one’s mental status so obvious.
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