Last Thursday, on the set of the movie “Rust,” tragedy struck when a prop gun fired and killed the cinematographer and injured the movie’s director. Actor Alec Baldwin was at the helm, but he had no idea that the prop weapon was loaded.
So what happens with the legal repercussions? Who is to blame?
It’s not likely that Baldwin will face any charges for the death of Halyna Hutchins, because current evidence suggests he didn’t know the gun contained live ammunition. If it is found that the actor acted negligently while knowing the risks, that would be grounds for criminal negligence.
The affidavit confirmed that there were several crew members handling the gun before Baldwin, and had said that it wasn’t a live weapon. “Assuming it was just incompetence or a colossal mistake, that rises to the level of criminal negligence, which would be sufficient for a manslaughter prosecution,” says Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor who co-founded the Los Angeles personal injury firm West Coast Trial Lawyer
To add fuel to the fire surrounding Baldwin, Donald Trump Jr. has begun selling t-shirts with the phrase “Guns don’t kill people Alec Baldwin kills people.” People have been quick to call him out for taking advantage of this sensitive moment.
Alec Baldwin has been openly anti-NRA and outspoken about gun control. The shirts that are being sold are a play on the NRA slogan “guns don’t kill people, people do.”
What’s your response to this calamity? Do you believe that Alec Balwin should be punished? Do you think Donald Trump Jr. is justified?