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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 19,345
    dick cheney shot a man in the face on a hunting trip. i have seen more vitriol online about baldwin than i ever saw following the cheney incident. i hated dick cheney and am no fan of baldwin as a person, but i think from what i can see baldwin is being attacked more viciously than cheney ever was.
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  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 29,179
    dick cheney shot a man in the face on a hunting trip. i have seen more vitriol online about baldwin than i ever saw following the cheney incident. i hated dick cheney and am no fan of baldwin as a person, but i think from what i can see baldwin is being attacked more viciously than cheney ever was.
    that's actually a really great point. 
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  • And New Mexico really seems to care about holding "responsible" gun owners "responsible." Why start now? Dated but I highly doubt that those "responsible" gun owners who allow their firearms to fall into the wrong hands or "accidently" shoot and/or kill someone are held "responsible" 18 years after the below report.

    Youth Gun Fatalities Report 2 (nmvoices.org)
    09/15/1998, Mansfield, MA; 08/29/00 08/30/00, Mansfield, MA; 07/02/03, 07/03/03, Mansfield, MA; 09/28/04, 09/29/04, Boston, MA; 09/22/05, Halifax, NS; 05/24/06, 05/25/06, Boston, MA; 07/22/06, 07/23/06, Gorge, WA; 06/29/08, 06/30/08, Mansfield, MA; 08/18/08, O2 London, UK; 10/30/09, 10/31/09, Philadelphia, PA; 05/15/10, Hartford, CT; 05/17/10, Boston, MA; 05/20/10, 05/21/10, NY, NY; 06/22/10, Dublin, IRE; 06/23/10, Northern Ireland; 09/03/11, 09/04/11, Alpine Valley, WI; 09/11/11, 09/12/11, Toronto, Ont; 09/14/11, Ottawa, Ont; 09/15/11, Hamilton, Ont; 07/02/2012, Prague, Czech Republic; 07/04/2012 & 07/05/2012, Berlin, Germany; 07/07/2012, Stockholm, Sweden; 09/30/2012, Missoula, MT; 07/16/2013, London, Ont; 07/19/2013, Chicago, IL; 10/15/2013 & 10/16/2013, Worcester, MA; 10/21/2013 & 10/22/2013, Philadelphia, PA; 10/25/2013, Hartford, CT; 11/29/2013, Portland, OR; 11/30/2013, Spokane, WA; 12/04/2013, Vancouver, BC; 12/06/2013, Seattle, WA; 10/03/2014, St. Louis. MO; 10/22/2014, Denver, CO; 10/26/2015, New York, NY; 04/23/2016, New Orleans, LA; 04/28/2016 & 04/29/2016, Philadelphia, PA; 05/01/2016 & 05/02/2016, New York, NY; 05/08/2016, Ottawa, Ont.; 05/10/2016 & 05/12/2016, Toronto, Ont.; 08/05/2016 & 08/07/2016, Boston, MA; 08/20/2016 & 08/22/2016, Chicago, IL; 07/01/2018, Prague, Czech Republic; 07/03/2018, Krakow, Poland; 07/05/2018, Berlin, Germany; 09/02/2018 & 09/04/2018, Boston, MA;

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  • Hilarious that some folks want more “responsibility” regarding firearms and “responsibleness” on a movie set than they do out in public. What a joke.

    Like “responsible” gun owners who have shot and/or killed someone have always been held accountable or “responsible?” Haha, good one!
    This was supposed to be a trained professional and not Big Hoss from around the Holler.  The professional should be held to a higher standard because he is the hired expert.

    Do you hire the guy from up the block that slept at the Holiday Inn to do your taxes or someone certified?  
    Let me know when these two Big Hoss' from around the Holler are held "responsible."

    Police crack mystery of bullet out of nowhere that killed an Everglades fisherman - The Washington Post

    “Both males were cooperative and advised that they both shot multiple guns that day, handing them back and forth,” Palm Beach Sheriff spokeswoman Teri Barbera told the Sun Sentinel. “They both shot Galvan’s .45-caliber gun throughout the afternoon.”

    When ballistics compared Galvan’s gun with the bullet that fatally hit Ramdass, they matched.

    Investigators determined neither men could see beyond the raised bank and vegetation. They did not realize Ramdass was in the line of fire. Detectives also could not prove conclusively who fired the fatal shot. “The victim’s position was concealed from the target range,” Barbara said. “Investigators found no criminal intent and this appears to be a tragic accident.”

    Investigators met with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office and determined there was no probable cause for an arrest or criminal charges. Neither Galvan nor Salcedo immediately responded to a Facebook message for comment.


    So the person who stayed at the Holiday Inn, got it!
  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 19,345
    dick cheney shot a man in the face on a hunting trip. i have seen more vitriol online about baldwin than i ever saw following the cheney incident. i hated dick cheney and am no fan of baldwin as a person, but i think from what i can see baldwin is being attacked more viciously than cheney ever was.
    that's actually a really great point. 
    i know the situations are apples to oranges, but i guarantee baldwin is receiving more hatred and bile because of his politics. 

    at least on the movie set some precautions were supposed to be taken. cheney just shot at a man because he saw a bird in that general area.
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  • Meltdown99Meltdown99 None Of Your Business...Posts: 9,887
    dick cheney shot a man in the face on a hunting trip. i have seen more vitriol online about baldwin than i ever saw following the cheney incident. i hated dick cheney and am no fan of baldwin as a person, but i think from what i can see baldwin is being attacked more viciously than cheney ever was.
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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 19,345
    dick cheney shot a man in the face on a hunting trip. i have seen more vitriol online about baldwin than i ever saw following the cheney incident. i hated dick cheney and am no fan of baldwin as a person, but i think from what i can see baldwin is being attacked more viciously than cheney ever was.
    Social media was in its infancy.  Facebook started in 2004 and Twitter in 2006.
    that's true, but people could comment on news articles on different websites back then. bill maher made fun of cheney a few times, but there was no hatred like there is for baldwin being directed at cheney that i can recall.
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  • PJPOWERPJPOWER In Yo FacePosts: 6,403
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    So who should be charged with firearm negligence?  Alec?  The armory person?  
    I wouldn’t think Baldwin would or should be charged if the industry standard was to have a firearms expert on site and trust his knowledge. I would also think that standard might change to make anyone handling a gun (if they even use real guns after this) be trained and responsible for the final inspection. 
    I get many actors probably don’t own or use guns and just trust the experts working with them. But honestly, even if I was anti-gun, I’d want to take a safety training course and be able to inspect any firearm someone just hands me and says to go point it at someone and pull the trigger, it’s fine. 
    If my first sentence is true, I think the standard should change to include anyone who held the gun in the chain of events be held responsible. Don’t just trust someone a gun is empty and take their word for it.
    If someone gave you a gun and said “don’t worry, it’s not loaded”, and you pointed it at someone and shot them, who would be liable?  In the end, it’s always (with adults anyway)the person holding/pointing/shooting the gun that is responsible for where that bullet lands and the damage it does.  I don’t give him a pass just because he is an actor.  
    But this isn't just any old backyard shenanigans. this is a controlled setting with real experts knowing what is inside the gun and what isn't. Baldwin wouldn't have known just by looking at it. this is one of those cases where the liability, in my view, would only fall on him if:

    a) as the producer, knowingly cut corners with the union and safety protocols
    b) as an actor, pointed it somewhere he shouldn't have been pointing it
    It doesn’t even sound like the person in charge of the guns was very knowledgeable of them.  Not sure about “real experts”…
    And the actor was obviously pointing it at someone’s mid-section.
    My argument is that Baldwin shouldn’t have even had it in his hands if he doesn’t know how to operate it and do his own safety check.
    Simple firearm basic safety rules:
    ”treat every gun as if it were loaded”
    ”never point at something you do not wish to destroy”
    no, there are real experts in this field. from what I've read, there are many variables involved in a prop gun being used safely, so there's a ton of training and expertise involved. 

    it's just the costume guy moonlighting as a prop gun guy. 

    doing a "safety check", as I said, would have been moot if it had been baldwin, or even a trained firearm enthusiast. As I stated, a layman wouldn't know the difference between a real loaded gun and a prop gun loaded with blanks, even opening the chamber, it looks the same apparently; it is virtually indistinguishable just to look at. only the person loading it would know, and you have to trust they did their job correctly. 
    From what I’ve read, it’s a far cry from “a ton of training and expertise”:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/10/24/baldwin-rust-shooting-armorer/

    “ In particular, the incident has put a spotlight on the role of a set’s armorer, or a firearms specialist — and the lack of formal training required to become one.” 

    “There is no standard test to become an armorer, according to Tristano, and training mainly consists of internships or other work under master armorers, the industry term for experienced armorers who oversee those with less experience.”

    more evidence has come out that Alec was handed the gun, was practicing removing it from his holster to point at the camera when it discharged. 
    Saw that, and also a rumor swirling that some were using the guns to plink prior and that there will most likely be criminal charges sought (not sure who for).  
    What a mess, but it really does just boil down to negligence with a firearm.  Still sounds like the armorer was inexperienced and not very well trained.  Maybe they need to re-evaluate the training requirements for anyone handling firearms on movie sets.  There are plenty examples of Hollywood not knowing how firearms work on the big screen alone.  
    I will still hold that Alec should not be handing a real firearm unless he knows basic firearm safety (eg: not pointing at anyone or anything, treat every real gun that is capable of firing real bullets as if it were loaded with real bullets).  Otherwise they should probably stick to rubber prop guns and CGI…
    Honestly, I hope the film industry is hammered over their negligent portrayal and use of firearms. 
    in any industry, there's a certain level of trust that goes with inherent risks that are posed. you trust those that are tasked with the safety of any given instrument/action. I don't see how Alec is at all to blame for this. 

    But yes, there is simply no reason to use real firearms anymore, with the technology to make it look like a real firearm is within financial reach of especially big budget films. 
    I’ll agree to disagree on the culpability of Alec.  In any other situation where an adult accidentally shoots someone, the person pulling the trigger is ultimately responsible for the damage caused by that action.  The “he’s just an actor” excuse is non-withstanding in my opinion.  If you handle a real firearm, you are responsible for what happens with it.  Alec had a choice to not use a real firearm, had a choice whether or not to check the chamber himself, made the decision as to where the gun was pointed, and made the decision to pull the trigger.  Once the firearm was in his possession, he was responsible for whatever happened to it.  Yes, the armorer is also to blame, but she did not point the gun or pull the trigger.  There are multiple points of irresponsible behavior, but I do think Alec is partly to blame.  The industry should change its protocols or use fake guns if they want to avoid this type of accident, plain and simple. 
    Is there another example where the person pointing a firearm and pulling the trigger would not be held at least partially liable for what happens when that trigger is pulled?
    so if I'm playing a terrorist in a movie, strap a bomb to my kidnap victim, being assured that, while the bomb looks real, it absolutely is not, and I click the little red button, and it somehow explodes, I'm culpable for homicide? gimme a break. 
    I would say that the police would probably look at everyone, from the pyrotechnics professional, to the person that pushed the button to determine who was culpable.  I’m not familiar with bombs, but I know firearm laws pretty well and in any other case, accidental or intentional, the person pulling the trigger is responsible for what happens next.  It’s why the “I didn’t know it was loaded” never holds up in court.  You are responsible for checking that gun yourself.  Once a firearm is placed in your hands, you are responsible for it.  Firearm safety 101 is never assuming a gun is not loaded with live rounds. We agree, though, that the easiest solution to this is to avoid using real guns on set.
    Question, are there any reasonable actions Alec could have taken to avoid this tragedy?  If yes, then I think he could face negligent homicide charges at least.
    if, as producer he was responsible for cutting corners budget-wise, or giving direction in some way that lead to negligence, maybe I could see something like that, but as the actor who had the gun discharge on him, no. this is a closed setting, again, not someone's back yard. these situations simply aren't comparable. 
    From New Mexico law:

    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2013/chapter-30/article-2/section-30-2-3/

    “Involuntary manslaughter consists of manslaughter committed in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to felony, or in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death in an unlawful manner or without due caution and circumspection.”

    Due caution and circumspection=not pointing a real gun at someone, checking chamber, etc.
    I honestly don’t see how he would not be somewhat culpable here with the way the law is written.

    If you were at a gun range (closed setting) and the range master told you your gun was unloaded, and you picked it up without checking it, pointed it at someone (or “practicing your
    draw”) and shot them with a live round, do you think charges would be brought up against you?  
    Movie set and was told it's a prop gun.

    No way he gets charged.

    I still think there was intent from someone though...
    Calling it a prop gun is a sidestep.  It was a real gun used as a prop. 
    New Mexico defines a deadly weapon as:
    B. "deadly weapon" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; or any weapon which is capable of producing death or great bodily harm,”
    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2011/chapter30/article1/section30-1-12/

    Calling it a “prop gun” is merely semantics.
    So, through negligence, Alec Baldwin pointed a deadly weapon at a cast member without inspecting it himself and pulled the trigger= negligent homicide in the way New Mexico law is written.
    Will he actually get charged?  Well, he is a rich old white guy, Hollywood “elite”, so not likely…
    A) he didn't point it at a cast member. He pointed it at the camera, as the scene likely directed him to. 
    B) even if he inspected it himself, he likely wouldn't have known the difference between blanks and live rounds (nor should he be expected to-why have an armorer if that's the expectation?)
    C) he (allegedly) didn't pull the trigger. he was practicing his draw from his holster and it went off. 

    real life is different from controlled conditions. I'm not really sure how you can keep arguing this. he won't be charged as the person holding the gun. He might get charged as the producer depending on those findings. But not as the person holding the gun. 

    if an actor was supposed to be a firearms expert in a film, knowing they'd be subject to prosecution if an accident happened, we wouldn't have seen one single real gun in a film in decades. it's just not how it works. 
    He did point it at a cast member because that is where the bullet hit (that’s how guns work). And guns do not fire just by drawing them from a holster, that’s just stupid.  Guns don’t just “go off” (that’s not how guns work).  He or something had to have pulled the trigger or dropped the hammer.
    And they shouldn’t have any real firearms on set if actors are not trained in how to safely operate and inspect them…if nothing else for their own safety.  Hopefully this will bring some attention to this stupid practice.  You never know if a foreign object is in the barrel (another firearm safety training 101rule: Always be sure your barrel is not obstructed).  And you don’t have to be an “expert” to learn how to do a quick safety check, especially on a revolver.
    I honestly don’t see how you are arguing against this.  I have showed what the law says, but if you just want to believe your assumptions instead of showing any actual facts, then I’m not sure what further there is to say.

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  • Hilarious that some folks want more “responsibility” regarding firearms and “responsibleness” on a movie set than they do out in public. What a joke.

    Like “responsible” gun owners who have shot and/or killed someone have always been held accountable or “responsible?” Haha, good one!
    This was supposed to be a trained professional and not Big Hoss from around the Holler.  The professional should be held to a higher standard because he is the hired expert.

    Do you hire the guy from up the block that slept at the Holiday Inn to do your taxes or someone certified?  
    Let me know when these two Big Hoss' from around the Holler are held "responsible."

    Police crack mystery of bullet out of nowhere that killed an Everglades fisherman - The Washington Post

    “Both males were cooperative and advised that they both shot multiple guns that day, handing them back and forth,” Palm Beach Sheriff spokeswoman Teri Barbera told the Sun Sentinel. “They both shot Galvan’s .45-caliber gun throughout the afternoon.”

    When ballistics compared Galvan’s gun with the bullet that fatally hit Ramdass, they matched.

    Investigators determined neither men could see beyond the raised bank and vegetation. They did not realize Ramdass was in the line of fire. Detectives also could not prove conclusively who fired the fatal shot. “The victim’s position was concealed from the target range,” Barbara said. “Investigators found no criminal intent and this appears to be a tragic accident.”

    Investigators met with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office and determined there was no probable cause for an arrest or criminal charges. Neither Galvan nor Salcedo immediately responded to a Facebook message for comment.


    So the person who stayed at the Holiday Inn, got it!
    Why should Alec Baldwin be held more “responsible” than the average ‘Murican “responsible” gun owner? In New Mexico or anywhere else in ‘Murica? He’s got freedumbs too.

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    So who should be charged with firearm negligence?  Alec?  The armory person?  
    I wouldn’t think Baldwin would or should be charged if the industry standard was to have a firearms expert on site and trust his knowledge. I would also think that standard might change to make anyone handling a gun (if they even use real guns after this) be trained and responsible for the final inspection. 
    I get many actors probably don’t own or use guns and just trust the experts working with them. But honestly, even if I was anti-gun, I’d want to take a safety training course and be able to inspect any firearm someone just hands me and says to go point it at someone and pull the trigger, it’s fine. 
    If my first sentence is true, I think the standard should change to include anyone who held the gun in the chain of events be held responsible. Don’t just trust someone a gun is empty and take their word for it.
    If someone gave you a gun and said “don’t worry, it’s not loaded”, and you pointed it at someone and shot them, who would be liable?  In the end, it’s always (with adults anyway)the person holding/pointing/shooting the gun that is responsible for where that bullet lands and the damage it does.  I don’t give him a pass just because he is an actor.  
    But this isn't just any old backyard shenanigans. this is a controlled setting with real experts knowing what is inside the gun and what isn't. Baldwin wouldn't have known just by looking at it. this is one of those cases where the liability, in my view, would only fall on him if:

    a) as the producer, knowingly cut corners with the union and safety protocols
    b) as an actor, pointed it somewhere he shouldn't have been pointing it
    It doesn’t even sound like the person in charge of the guns was very knowledgeable of them.  Not sure about “real experts”…
    And the actor was obviously pointing it at someone’s mid-section.
    My argument is that Baldwin shouldn’t have even had it in his hands if he doesn’t know how to operate it and do his own safety check.
    Simple firearm basic safety rules:
    ”treat every gun as if it were loaded”
    ”never point at something you do not wish to destroy”
    no, there are real experts in this field. from what I've read, there are many variables involved in a prop gun being used safely, so there's a ton of training and expertise involved. 

    it's just the costume guy moonlighting as a prop gun guy. 

    doing a "safety check", as I said, would have been moot if it had been baldwin, or even a trained firearm enthusiast. As I stated, a layman wouldn't know the difference between a real loaded gun and a prop gun loaded with blanks, even opening the chamber, it looks the same apparently; it is virtually indistinguishable just to look at. only the person loading it would know, and you have to trust they did their job correctly. 
    From what I’ve read, it’s a far cry from “a ton of training and expertise”:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/10/24/baldwin-rust-shooting-armorer/

    “ In particular, the incident has put a spotlight on the role of a set’s armorer, or a firearms specialist — and the lack of formal training required to become one.” 

    “There is no standard test to become an armorer, according to Tristano, and training mainly consists of internships or other work under master armorers, the industry term for experienced armorers who oversee those with less experience.”

    more evidence has come out that Alec was handed the gun, was practicing removing it from his holster to point at the camera when it discharged. 
    Saw that, and also a rumor swirling that some were using the guns to plink prior and that there will most likely be criminal charges sought (not sure who for).  
    What a mess, but it really does just boil down to negligence with a firearm.  Still sounds like the armorer was inexperienced and not very well trained.  Maybe they need to re-evaluate the training requirements for anyone handling firearms on movie sets.  There are plenty examples of Hollywood not knowing how firearms work on the big screen alone.  
    I will still hold that Alec should not be handing a real firearm unless he knows basic firearm safety (eg: not pointing at anyone or anything, treat every real gun that is capable of firing real bullets as if it were loaded with real bullets).  Otherwise they should probably stick to rubber prop guns and CGI…
    Honestly, I hope the film industry is hammered over their negligent portrayal and use of firearms. 
    in any industry, there's a certain level of trust that goes with inherent risks that are posed. you trust those that are tasked with the safety of any given instrument/action. I don't see how Alec is at all to blame for this. 

    But yes, there is simply no reason to use real firearms anymore, with the technology to make it look like a real firearm is within financial reach of especially big budget films. 
    I’ll agree to disagree on the culpability of Alec.  In any other situation where an adult accidentally shoots someone, the person pulling the trigger is ultimately responsible for the damage caused by that action.  The “he’s just an actor” excuse is non-withstanding in my opinion.  If you handle a real firearm, you are responsible for what happens with it.  Alec had a choice to not use a real firearm, had a choice whether or not to check the chamber himself, made the decision as to where the gun was pointed, and made the decision to pull the trigger.  Once the firearm was in his possession, he was responsible for whatever happened to it.  Yes, the armorer is also to blame, but she did not point the gun or pull the trigger.  There are multiple points of irresponsible behavior, but I do think Alec is partly to blame.  The industry should change its protocols or use fake guns if they want to avoid this type of accident, plain and simple. 
    Is there another example where the person pointing a firearm and pulling the trigger would not be held at least partially liable for what happens when that trigger is pulled?
    so if I'm playing a terrorist in a movie, strap a bomb to my kidnap victim, being assured that, while the bomb looks real, it absolutely is not, and I click the little red button, and it somehow explodes, I'm culpable for homicide? gimme a break. 
    I would say that the police would probably look at everyone, from the pyrotechnics professional, to the person that pushed the button to determine who was culpable.  I’m not familiar with bombs, but I know firearm laws pretty well and in any other case, accidental or intentional, the person pulling the trigger is responsible for what happens next.  It’s why the “I didn’t know it was loaded” never holds up in court.  You are responsible for checking that gun yourself.  Once a firearm is placed in your hands, you are responsible for it.  Firearm safety 101 is never assuming a gun is not loaded with live rounds. We agree, though, that the easiest solution to this is to avoid using real guns on set.
    Question, are there any reasonable actions Alec could have taken to avoid this tragedy?  If yes, then I think he could face negligent homicide charges at least.
    if, as producer he was responsible for cutting corners budget-wise, or giving direction in some way that lead to negligence, maybe I could see something like that, but as the actor who had the gun discharge on him, no. this is a closed setting, again, not someone's back yard. these situations simply aren't comparable. 
    From New Mexico law:

    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2013/chapter-30/article-2/section-30-2-3/

    “Involuntary manslaughter consists of manslaughter committed in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to felony, or in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death in an unlawful manner or without due caution and circumspection.”

    Due caution and circumspection=not pointing a real gun at someone, checking chamber, etc.
    I honestly don’t see how he would not be somewhat culpable here with the way the law is written.

    If you were at a gun range (closed setting) and the range master told you your gun was unloaded, and you picked it up without checking it, pointed it at someone (or “practicing your
    draw”) and shot them with a live round, do you think charges would be brought up against you?  
    Movie set and was told it's a prop gun.

    No way he gets charged.

    I still think there was intent from someone though...
    Calling it a prop gun is a sidestep.  It was a real gun used as a prop. 
    New Mexico defines a deadly weapon as:
    B. "deadly weapon" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; or any weapon which is capable of producing death or great bodily harm,”
    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2011/chapter30/article1/section30-1-12/

    Calling it a “prop gun” is merely semantics.
    So, through negligence, Alec Baldwin pointed a deadly weapon at a cast member without inspecting it himself and pulled the trigger= negligent homicide in the way New Mexico law is written.
    Will he actually get charged?  Well, he is a rich old white guy, Hollywood “elite”, so not likely…
    A) he didn't point it at a cast member. He pointed it at the camera, as the scene likely directed him to. 
    B) even if he inspected it himself, he likely wouldn't have known the difference between blanks and live rounds (nor should he be expected to-why have an armorer if that's the expectation?)
    C) he (allegedly) didn't pull the trigger. he was practicing his draw from his holster and it went off. 

    real life is different from controlled conditions. I'm not really sure how you can keep arguing this. he won't be charged as the person holding the gun. He might get charged as the producer depending on those findings. But not as the person holding the gun. 

    if an actor was supposed to be a firearms expert in a film, knowing they'd be subject to prosecution if an accident happened, we wouldn't have seen one single real gun in a film in decades. it's just not how it works. 
    He did point it at a cast member because that is where the bullet hit (that’s how guns work). And guns do not fire just by drawing them from a holster, that’s just stupid.  Guns don’t just “go off” (that’s not how guns work).  He or something had to have pulled the trigger or dropped the hammer.
    And they shouldn’t have any real firearms on set if actors are not trained in how to safely operate and inspect them…if nothing else for their own safety.  Hopefully this will bring some attention to this stupid practice.  You never know if a foreign object is in the barrel (another firearm safety training 101rule: Always be sure your barrel is not obstructed).  And you don’t have to be an “expert” to learn how to do a quick safety check, especially on a revolver.
    I honestly don’t see how you are arguing against this.  I have showed what the law says, but if you just want to believe your assumptions instead of showing any actual facts, then I’m not sure what further there is to say.

    A trained professional was there to supervise.  That is where there is a difference.
  • PJPOWERPJPOWER In Yo FacePosts: 6,403
    This “legal expert” agrees:

    "There could be negligence charges if it turns out he knew or should have known, and those are the keywords, should have known that there was a likelihood that the weapon could discharge. One thing you understand quickly is never point a weapon at somebody, whether it’s loaded or unloaded, because you have to presume that it could cause severe bodily harm," Kabateck stated on FOX 11 News.  
    https://www.foxla.com/news/could-alec-baldwin-face-charges-in-fatal-movie-set-shooting-legal-experts-weigh-in

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    This “legal expert” agrees:

    "There could be negligence charges if it turns out he knew or should have known, and those are the keywords, should have known that there was a likelihood that the weapon could discharge. One thing you understand quickly is never point a weapon at somebody, whether it’s loaded or unloaded, because you have to presume that it could cause severe bodily harm," Kabateck stated on FOX 11 News.  
    https://www.foxla.com/news/could-alec-baldwin-face-charges-in-fatal-movie-set-shooting-legal-experts-weigh-in

    He is on a pretend movie set.  Why on earth would "should he have known"?
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    So who should be charged with firearm negligence?  Alec?  The armory person?  
    I wouldn’t think Baldwin would or should be charged if the industry standard was to have a firearms expert on site and trust his knowledge. I would also think that standard might change to make anyone handling a gun (if they even use real guns after this) be trained and responsible for the final inspection. 
    I get many actors probably don’t own or use guns and just trust the experts working with them. But honestly, even if I was anti-gun, I’d want to take a safety training course and be able to inspect any firearm someone just hands me and says to go point it at someone and pull the trigger, it’s fine. 
    If my first sentence is true, I think the standard should change to include anyone who held the gun in the chain of events be held responsible. Don’t just trust someone a gun is empty and take their word for it.
    If someone gave you a gun and said “don’t worry, it’s not loaded”, and you pointed it at someone and shot them, who would be liable?  In the end, it’s always (with adults anyway)the person holding/pointing/shooting the gun that is responsible for where that bullet lands and the damage it does.  I don’t give him a pass just because he is an actor.  
    But this isn't just any old backyard shenanigans. this is a controlled setting with real experts knowing what is inside the gun and what isn't. Baldwin wouldn't have known just by looking at it. this is one of those cases where the liability, in my view, would only fall on him if:

    a) as the producer, knowingly cut corners with the union and safety protocols
    b) as an actor, pointed it somewhere he shouldn't have been pointing it
    It doesn’t even sound like the person in charge of the guns was very knowledgeable of them.  Not sure about “real experts”…
    And the actor was obviously pointing it at someone’s mid-section.
    My argument is that Baldwin shouldn’t have even had it in his hands if he doesn’t know how to operate it and do his own safety check.
    Simple firearm basic safety rules:
    ”treat every gun as if it were loaded”
    ”never point at something you do not wish to destroy”
    no, there are real experts in this field. from what I've read, there are many variables involved in a prop gun being used safely, so there's a ton of training and expertise involved. 

    it's just the costume guy moonlighting as a prop gun guy. 

    doing a "safety check", as I said, would have been moot if it had been baldwin, or even a trained firearm enthusiast. As I stated, a layman wouldn't know the difference between a real loaded gun and a prop gun loaded with blanks, even opening the chamber, it looks the same apparently; it is virtually indistinguishable just to look at. only the person loading it would know, and you have to trust they did their job correctly. 
    From what I’ve read, it’s a far cry from “a ton of training and expertise”:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/10/24/baldwin-rust-shooting-armorer/

    “ In particular, the incident has put a spotlight on the role of a set’s armorer, or a firearms specialist — and the lack of formal training required to become one.” 

    “There is no standard test to become an armorer, according to Tristano, and training mainly consists of internships or other work under master armorers, the industry term for experienced armorers who oversee those with less experience.”

    more evidence has come out that Alec was handed the gun, was practicing removing it from his holster to point at the camera when it discharged. 
    Saw that, and also a rumor swirling that some were using the guns to plink prior and that there will most likely be criminal charges sought (not sure who for).  
    What a mess, but it really does just boil down to negligence with a firearm.  Still sounds like the armorer was inexperienced and not very well trained.  Maybe they need to re-evaluate the training requirements for anyone handling firearms on movie sets.  There are plenty examples of Hollywood not knowing how firearms work on the big screen alone.  
    I will still hold that Alec should not be handing a real firearm unless he knows basic firearm safety (eg: not pointing at anyone or anything, treat every real gun that is capable of firing real bullets as if it were loaded with real bullets).  Otherwise they should probably stick to rubber prop guns and CGI…
    Honestly, I hope the film industry is hammered over their negligent portrayal and use of firearms. 
    in any industry, there's a certain level of trust that goes with inherent risks that are posed. you trust those that are tasked with the safety of any given instrument/action. I don't see how Alec is at all to blame for this. 

    But yes, there is simply no reason to use real firearms anymore, with the technology to make it look like a real firearm is within financial reach of especially big budget films. 
    I’ll agree to disagree on the culpability of Alec.  In any other situation where an adult accidentally shoots someone, the person pulling the trigger is ultimately responsible for the damage caused by that action.  The “he’s just an actor” excuse is non-withstanding in my opinion.  If you handle a real firearm, you are responsible for what happens with it.  Alec had a choice to not use a real firearm, had a choice whether or not to check the chamber himself, made the decision as to where the gun was pointed, and made the decision to pull the trigger.  Once the firearm was in his possession, he was responsible for whatever happened to it.  Yes, the armorer is also to blame, but she did not point the gun or pull the trigger.  There are multiple points of irresponsible behavior, but I do think Alec is partly to blame.  The industry should change its protocols or use fake guns if they want to avoid this type of accident, plain and simple. 
    Is there another example where the person pointing a firearm and pulling the trigger would not be held at least partially liable for what happens when that trigger is pulled?
    so if I'm playing a terrorist in a movie, strap a bomb to my kidnap victim, being assured that, while the bomb looks real, it absolutely is not, and I click the little red button, and it somehow explodes, I'm culpable for homicide? gimme a break. 
    I would say that the police would probably look at everyone, from the pyrotechnics professional, to the person that pushed the button to determine who was culpable.  I’m not familiar with bombs, but I know firearm laws pretty well and in any other case, accidental or intentional, the person pulling the trigger is responsible for what happens next.  It’s why the “I didn’t know it was loaded” never holds up in court.  You are responsible for checking that gun yourself.  Once a firearm is placed in your hands, you are responsible for it.  Firearm safety 101 is never assuming a gun is not loaded with live rounds. We agree, though, that the easiest solution to this is to avoid using real guns on set.
    Question, are there any reasonable actions Alec could have taken to avoid this tragedy?  If yes, then I think he could face negligent homicide charges at least.
    if, as producer he was responsible for cutting corners budget-wise, or giving direction in some way that lead to negligence, maybe I could see something like that, but as the actor who had the gun discharge on him, no. this is a closed setting, again, not someone's back yard. these situations simply aren't comparable. 
    From New Mexico law:

    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2013/chapter-30/article-2/section-30-2-3/

    “Involuntary manslaughter consists of manslaughter committed in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to felony, or in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death in an unlawful manner or without due caution and circumspection.”

    Due caution and circumspection=not pointing a real gun at someone, checking chamber, etc.
    I honestly don’t see how he would not be somewhat culpable here with the way the law is written.

    If you were at a gun range (closed setting) and the range master told you your gun was unloaded, and you picked it up without checking it, pointed it at someone (or “practicing your
    draw”) and shot them with a live round, do you think charges would be brought up against you?  
    Movie set and was told it's a prop gun.

    No way he gets charged.

    I still think there was intent from someone though...
    Calling it a prop gun is a sidestep.  It was a real gun used as a prop. 
    New Mexico defines a deadly weapon as:
    B. "deadly weapon" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; or any weapon which is capable of producing death or great bodily harm,”
    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2011/chapter30/article1/section30-1-12/

    Calling it a “prop gun” is merely semantics.
    So, through negligence, Alec Baldwin pointed a deadly weapon at a cast member without inspecting it himself and pulled the trigger= negligent homicide in the way New Mexico law is written.
    Will he actually get charged?  Well, he is a rich old white guy, Hollywood “elite”, so not likely…
    A) he didn't point it at a cast member. He pointed it at the camera, as the scene likely directed him to. 
    B) even if he inspected it himself, he likely wouldn't have known the difference between blanks and live rounds (nor should he be expected to-why have an armorer if that's the expectation?)
    C) he (allegedly) didn't pull the trigger. he was practicing his draw from his holster and it went off. 

    real life is different from controlled conditions. I'm not really sure how you can keep arguing this. he won't be charged as the person holding the gun. He might get charged as the producer depending on those findings. But not as the person holding the gun. 

    if an actor was supposed to be a firearms expert in a film, knowing they'd be subject to prosecution if an accident happened, we wouldn't have seen one single real gun in a film in decades. it's just not how it works. 
    He did point it at a cast member because that is where the bullet hit (that’s how guns work). And guns do not fire just by drawing them from a holster, that’s just stupid.  Guns don’t just “go off” (that’s not how guns work).  He or something had to have pulled the trigger or dropped the hammer.
    And they shouldn’t have any real firearms on set if actors are not trained in how to safely operate and inspect them…if nothing else for their own safety.  Hopefully this will bring some attention to this stupid practice.  You never know if a foreign object is in the barrel (another firearm safety training 101rule: Always be sure your barrel is not obstructed).  And you don’t have to be an “expert” to learn how to do a quick safety check, especially on a revolver.
    I honestly don’t see how you are arguing against this.  I have showed what the law says, but if you just want to believe your assumptions instead of showing any actual facts, then I’m not sure what further there is to say.

    A trained professional was there to supervise.  That is where there is a difference.
    They were?  Where did you read that?  What training were these “professionals” required to take?  From what I’ve read, the “professionals” were not trained very extensively at all.  There should have been an extensively trained professional on set to monitor the loading and use of the firearms, but I’m not reading anywhere saying anyone there was an actual “expert” beyond the title only.
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    This “legal expert” agrees:

    "There could be negligence charges if it turns out he knew or should have known, and those are the keywords, should have known that there was a likelihood that the weapon could discharge. One thing you understand quickly is never point a weapon at somebody, whether it’s loaded or unloaded, because you have to presume that it could cause severe bodily harm," Kabateck stated on FOX 11 News.  
    https://www.foxla.com/news/could-alec-baldwin-face-charges-in-fatal-movie-set-shooting-legal-experts-weigh-in

    He is on a pretend movie set.  Why on earth would "should he have known"?
    Because he was using a real gun on the pretend movie set.  A gun is a gun, whether at a gun range or a pretend movie set.  I’m pretty sure any person could reasonably tell the difference between a plastic gun and a real one when holding it.  It’s not his first rodeo…I don’t think anyone else is questioning whether or not Baldwin knew it was a real gun (he did).  He just didn’t check it to see if it had real bullets.
    Not to mention, there had been other accidental discharges on the set prior, so he “should have known” the gun was potentially dangerous.
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    dick cheney shot a man in the face on a hunting trip. i have seen more vitriol online about baldwin than i ever saw following the cheney incident. i hated dick cheney and am no fan of baldwin as a person, but i think from what i can see baldwin is being attacked more viciously than cheney ever was.
    Social media wasn’t really around in 2006 either though. So not a total fair comparison. 
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    A) he didn't point it at a cast member. He pointed it at the camera, as the scene likely directed him to. 
    B) even if he inspected it himself, he likely wouldn't have known the difference between blanks and live rounds (nor should he be expected to-why have an armorer if that's the expectation?)
    C) he (allegedly) didn't pull the trigger. he was practicing his draw from his holster and it went off. 

    real life is different from controlled conditions. I'm not really sure how you can keep arguing this. he won't be charged as the person holding the gun. He might get charged as the producer depending on those findings. But not as the person holding the gun. 

    if an actor was supposed to be a firearms expert in a film, knowing they'd be subject to prosecution if an accident happened, we wouldn't have seen one single real gun in a film in decades. it's just not how it works. 
    He did point it at a cast member because that is where the bullet hit (that’s how guns work). And guns do not fire just by drawing them from a holster, that’s just stupid.  Guns don’t just “go off” (that’s not how guns work).  He or something had to have pulled the trigger or dropped the hammer.
    And they shouldn’t have any real firearms on set if actors are not trained in how to safely operate and inspect them…if nothing else for their own safety.  Hopefully this will bring some attention to this stupid practice.  You never know if a foreign object is in the barrel (another firearm safety training 101rule: Always be sure your barrel is not obstructed).  And you don’t have to be an “expert” to learn how to do a quick safety check, especially on a revolver.
    I honestly don’t see how you are arguing against this.  I have showed what the law says, but if you just want to believe your assumptions instead of showing any actual facts, then I’m not sure what further there is to say.

    A trained professional was there to supervise.  That is where there is a difference.
    They were?  Where did you read that?  What training were these “professionals” required to take?  From what I’ve read, the “professionals” were not trained very extensively at all.  There should have been an extensively trained professional on set to monitor the loading and use of the firearms, but I’m not reading anywhere saying anyone there was an actual “expert” beyond the title only.
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    This “legal expert” agrees:

    "There could be negligence charges if it turns out he knew or should have known, and those are the keywords, should have known that there was a likelihood that the weapon could discharge. One thing you understand quickly is never point a weapon at somebody, whether it’s loaded or unloaded, because you have to presume that it could cause severe bodily harm," Kabateck stated on FOX 11 News.  
    https://www.foxla.com/news/could-alec-baldwin-face-charges-in-fatal-movie-set-shooting-legal-experts-weigh-in

    He is on a pretend movie set.  Why on earth would "should he have known"?
    Because he was using a real gun on the pretend movie set.  A gun is a gun, whether at a gun range or a pretend movie set.  I’m pretty sure any person could reasonably tell the difference between a plastic gun and a real one when holding it.  It’s not his first rodeo…I don’t think anyone else is questioning whether or not Baldwin knew it was a real gun (he did).  He just didn’t check it to see if it had real bullets.
    Not to mention, there had been other accidental discharges on the set prior, so he “should have known” the gun was potentially dangerous.
    They were labeled "professionals" and that was their job.  To handle the firearms.  They failed.  They were neglegent.

    He is an actor that most likely thinks that the hammer on a gun can drive a nail...  He is relying on the professional for guidance.

    Look, you and I would have checked the gun to see what was in it, I know I would, it's out of habit now.

    Why hire a firearms expert at all then?  Let the actors who use them be in control.  

    See where this is going?
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    dick cheney shot a man in the face on a hunting trip. i have seen more vitriol online about baldwin than i ever saw following the cheney incident. i hated dick cheney and am no fan of baldwin as a person, but i think from what i can see baldwin is being attacked more viciously than cheney ever was.
    Social media wasn’t really around in 2006 either though. So not a total fair comparison. 
    That, and no one lost their life…
    He probably “could” have had negligent discharge charges brought up against him and may have if not for his “position”.
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    So who should be charged with firearm negligence?  Alec?  The armory person?  
    I wouldn’t think Baldwin would or should be charged if the industry standard was to have a firearms expert on site and trust his knowledge. I would also think that standard might change to make anyone handling a gun (if they even use real guns after this) be trained and responsible for the final inspection. 
    I get many actors probably don’t own or use guns and just trust the experts working with them. But honestly, even if I was anti-gun, I’d want to take a safety training course and be able to inspect any firearm someone just hands me and says to go point it at someone and pull the trigger, it’s fine. 
    If my first sentence is true, I think the standard should change to include anyone who held the gun in the chain of events be held responsible. Don’t just trust someone a gun is empty and take their word for it.
    If someone gave you a gun and said “don’t worry, it’s not loaded”, and you pointed it at someone and shot them, who would be liable?  In the end, it’s always (with adults anyway)the person holding/pointing/shooting the gun that is responsible for where that bullet lands and the damage it does.  I don’t give him a pass just because he is an actor.  
    But this isn't just any old backyard shenanigans. this is a controlled setting with real experts knowing what is inside the gun and what isn't. Baldwin wouldn't have known just by looking at it. this is one of those cases where the liability, in my view, would only fall on him if:

    a) as the producer, knowingly cut corners with the union and safety protocols
    b) as an actor, pointed it somewhere he shouldn't have been pointing it
    It doesn’t even sound like the person in charge of the guns was very knowledgeable of them.  Not sure about “real experts”…
    And the actor was obviously pointing it at someone’s mid-section.
    My argument is that Baldwin shouldn’t have even had it in his hands if he doesn’t know how to operate it and do his own safety check.
    Simple firearm basic safety rules:
    ”treat every gun as if it were loaded”
    ”never point at something you do not wish to destroy”
    no, there are real experts in this field. from what I've read, there are many variables involved in a prop gun being used safely, so there's a ton of training and expertise involved. 

    it's just the costume guy moonlighting as a prop gun guy. 

    doing a "safety check", as I said, would have been moot if it had been baldwin, or even a trained firearm enthusiast. As I stated, a layman wouldn't know the difference between a real loaded gun and a prop gun loaded with blanks, even opening the chamber, it looks the same apparently; it is virtually indistinguishable just to look at. only the person loading it would know, and you have to trust they did their job correctly. 
    From what I’ve read, it’s a far cry from “a ton of training and expertise”:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/10/24/baldwin-rust-shooting-armorer/

    “ In particular, the incident has put a spotlight on the role of a set’s armorer, or a firearms specialist — and the lack of formal training required to become one.” 

    “There is no standard test to become an armorer, according to Tristano, and training mainly consists of internships or other work under master armorers, the industry term for experienced armorers who oversee those with less experience.”

    more evidence has come out that Alec was handed the gun, was practicing removing it from his holster to point at the camera when it discharged. 
    Saw that, and also a rumor swirling that some were using the guns to plink prior and that there will most likely be criminal charges sought (not sure who for).  
    What a mess, but it really does just boil down to negligence with a firearm.  Still sounds like the armorer was inexperienced and not very well trained.  Maybe they need to re-evaluate the training requirements for anyone handling firearms on movie sets.  There are plenty examples of Hollywood not knowing how firearms work on the big screen alone.  
    I will still hold that Alec should not be handing a real firearm unless he knows basic firearm safety (eg: not pointing at anyone or anything, treat every real gun that is capable of firing real bullets as if it were loaded with real bullets).  Otherwise they should probably stick to rubber prop guns and CGI…
    Honestly, I hope the film industry is hammered over their negligent portrayal and use of firearms. 
    in any industry, there's a certain level of trust that goes with inherent risks that are posed. you trust those that are tasked with the safety of any given instrument/action. I don't see how Alec is at all to blame for this. 

    But yes, there is simply no reason to use real firearms anymore, with the technology to make it look like a real firearm is within financial reach of especially big budget films. 
    I’ll agree to disagree on the culpability of Alec.  In any other situation where an adult accidentally shoots someone, the person pulling the trigger is ultimately responsible for the damage caused by that action.  The “he’s just an actor” excuse is non-withstanding in my opinion.  If you handle a real firearm, you are responsible for what happens with it.  Alec had a choice to not use a real firearm, had a choice whether or not to check the chamber himself, made the decision as to where the gun was pointed, and made the decision to pull the trigger.  Once the firearm was in his possession, he was responsible for whatever happened to it.  Yes, the armorer is also to blame, but she did not point the gun or pull the trigger.  There are multiple points of irresponsible behavior, but I do think Alec is partly to blame.  The industry should change its protocols or use fake guns if they want to avoid this type of accident, plain and simple. 
    Is there another example where the person pointing a firearm and pulling the trigger would not be held at least partially liable for what happens when that trigger is pulled?
    so if I'm playing a terrorist in a movie, strap a bomb to my kidnap victim, being assured that, while the bomb looks real, it absolutely is not, and I click the little red button, and it somehow explodes, I'm culpable for homicide? gimme a break. 
    I would say that the police would probably look at everyone, from the pyrotechnics professional, to the person that pushed the button to determine who was culpable.  I’m not familiar with bombs, but I know firearm laws pretty well and in any other case, accidental or intentional, the person pulling the trigger is responsible for what happens next.  It’s why the “I didn’t know it was loaded” never holds up in court.  You are responsible for checking that gun yourself.  Once a firearm is placed in your hands, you are responsible for it.  Firearm safety 101 is never assuming a gun is not loaded with live rounds. We agree, though, that the easiest solution to this is to avoid using real guns on set.
    Question, are there any reasonable actions Alec could have taken to avoid this tragedy?  If yes, then I think he could face negligent homicide charges at least.
    if, as producer he was responsible for cutting corners budget-wise, or giving direction in some way that lead to negligence, maybe I could see something like that, but as the actor who had the gun discharge on him, no. this is a closed setting, again, not someone's back yard. these situations simply aren't comparable. 
    From New Mexico law:

    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2013/chapter-30/article-2/section-30-2-3/

    “Involuntary manslaughter consists of manslaughter committed in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to felony, or in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death in an unlawful manner or without due caution and circumspection.”

    Due caution and circumspection=not pointing a real gun at someone, checking chamber, etc.
    I honestly don’t see how he would not be somewhat culpable here with the way the law is written.

    If you were at a gun range (closed setting) and the range master told you your gun was unloaded, and you picked it up without checking it, pointed it at someone (or “practicing your
    draw”) and shot them with a live round, do you think charges would be brought up against you?  
    Movie set and was told it's a prop gun.

    No way he gets charged.

    I still think there was intent from someone though...
    Calling it a prop gun is a sidestep.  It was a real gun used as a prop. 
    New Mexico defines a deadly weapon as:
    B. "deadly weapon" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; or any weapon which is capable of producing death or great bodily harm,”
    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2011/chapter30/article1/section30-1-12/

    Calling it a “prop gun” is merely semantics.
    So, through negligence, Alec Baldwin pointed a deadly weapon at a cast member without inspecting it himself and pulled the trigger= negligent homicide in the way New Mexico law is written.
    Will he actually get charged?  Well, he is a rich old white guy, Hollywood “elite”, so not likely…
    A) he didn't point it at a cast member. He pointed it at the camera, as the scene likely directed him to. 
    B) even if he inspected it himself, he likely wouldn't have known the difference between blanks and live rounds (nor should he be expected to-why have an armorer if that's the expectation?)
    C) he (allegedly) didn't pull the trigger. he was practicing his draw from his holster and it went off. 

    real life is different from controlled conditions. I'm not really sure how you can keep arguing this. he won't be charged as the person holding the gun. He might get charged as the producer depending on those findings. But not as the person holding the gun. 

    if an actor was supposed to be a firearms expert in a film, knowing they'd be subject to prosecution if an accident happened, we wouldn't have seen one single real gun in a film in decades. it's just not how it works. 
    I agree with most of your comments and that Alec shouldn’t be charged.
    But I don’t agree with B and C. The difference between blanks and live rounds are very obvious. And he most likely did pull the trigger, guns very rarely just go off. Maybe he pulled it by accident, I don’t know.
    That being said, the more I hear about this story the more is surprised me. Last I heard crew members were using these guns for target practice during down time. That’s just crazy. Who gave them access? Why were they never checked again?
    Not being involved in the industry, but knowing guns there’s just so much wrong here. All guns should have a safety check and flagged. No one should have access to the guns after the check. There should be at least a second check before handing a gun to the actor. I came up with that in about 4 seconds, how do they not have even better safety protocols in place? The fact the AD can just grab a gun and give it to an actor and tell him it’s cold without anyone actually checking is shocking.
    I would also like to see actors being part of the process. I don’t think it means no one would want to do it. Take a 4-hour course on gun safety, how to tell if a gun is loaded or not, difference between live rounds, dummies or blanks. And when a gun is handed to you, demonstrate it’s not loaded with a live round before using it. 
    I’d like to see that in the future, but that’s not the practice now so I wouldn’t charge Alec.
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    A) he didn't point it at a cast member. He pointed it at the camera, as the scene likely directed him to. 
    B) even if he inspected it himself, he likely wouldn't have known the difference between blanks and live rounds (nor should he be expected to-why have an armorer if that's the expectation?)
    C) he (allegedly) didn't pull the trigger. he was practicing his draw from his holster and it went off. 

    real life is different from controlled conditions. I'm not really sure how you can keep arguing this. he won't be charged as the person holding the gun. He might get charged as the producer depending on those findings. But not as the person holding the gun. 

    if an actor was supposed to be a firearms expert in a film, knowing they'd be subject to prosecution if an accident happened, we wouldn't have seen one single real gun in a film in decades. it's just not how it works. 
    He did point it at a cast member because that is where the bullet hit (that’s how guns work). And guns do not fire just by drawing them from a holster, that’s just stupid.  Guns don’t just “go off” (that’s not how guns work).  He or something had to have pulled the trigger or dropped the hammer.
    And they shouldn’t have any real firearms on set if actors are not trained in how to safely operate and inspect them…if nothing else for their own safety.  Hopefully this will bring some attention to this stupid practice.  You never know if a foreign object is in the barrel (another firearm safety training 101rule: Always be sure your barrel is not obstructed).  And you don’t have to be an “expert” to learn how to do a quick safety check, especially on a revolver.
    I honestly don’t see how you are arguing against this.  I have showed what the law says, but if you just want to believe your assumptions instead of showing any actual facts, then I’m not sure what further there is to say.

    A trained professional was there to supervise.  That is where there is a difference.
    They were?  Where did you read that?  What training were these “professionals” required to take?  From what I’ve read, the “professionals” were not trained very extensively at all.  There should have been an extensively trained professional on set to monitor the loading and use of the firearms, but I’m not reading anywhere saying anyone there was an actual “expert” beyond the title only.
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    This “legal expert” agrees:

    "There could be negligence charges if it turns out he knew or should have known, and those are the keywords, should have known that there was a likelihood that the weapon could discharge. One thing you understand quickly is never point a weapon at somebody, whether it’s loaded or unloaded, because you have to presume that it could cause severe bodily harm," Kabateck stated on FOX 11 News.  
    https://www.foxla.com/news/could-alec-baldwin-face-charges-in-fatal-movie-set-shooting-legal-experts-weigh-in

    He is on a pretend movie set.  Why on earth would "should he have known"?
    Because he was using a real gun on the pretend movie set.  A gun is a gun, whether at a gun range or a pretend movie set.  I’m pretty sure any person could reasonably tell the difference between a plastic gun and a real one when holding it.  It’s not his first rodeo…I don’t think anyone else is questioning whether or not Baldwin knew it was a real gun (he did).  He just didn’t check it to see if it had real bullets.
    Not to mention, there had been other accidental discharges on the set prior, so he “should have known” the gun was potentially dangerous.
    They were labeled "professionals" and that was their job.  To handle the firearms.  They failed.  They were neglegent.

    He is an actor that most likely thinks that the hammer on a gun can drive a nail...  He is relying on the professional for guidance.

    Look, you and I would have checked the gun to see what was in it, I know I would, it's out of habit now.

    Why hire a firearms expert at all then?  Let the actors who use them be in control.  

    See where this is going?
    I definitely would have checked it.
    Hopefully it’s going to a place involving more training for actors and staff…or the exclusion of using real firearms on set.
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    So who should be charged with firearm negligence?  Alec?  The armory person?  
    I wouldn’t think Baldwin would or should be charged if the industry standard was to have a firearms expert on site and trust his knowledge. I would also think that standard might change to make anyone handling a gun (if they even use real guns after this) be trained and responsible for the final inspection. 
    I get many actors probably don’t own or use guns and just trust the experts working with them. But honestly, even if I was anti-gun, I’d want to take a safety training course and be able to inspect any firearm someone just hands me and says to go point it at someone and pull the trigger, it’s fine. 
    If my first sentence is true, I think the standard should change to include anyone who held the gun in the chain of events be held responsible. Don’t just trust someone a gun is empty and take their word for it.
    If someone gave you a gun and said “don’t worry, it’s not loaded”, and you pointed it at someone and shot them, who would be liable?  In the end, it’s always (with adults anyway)the person holding/pointing/shooting the gun that is responsible for where that bullet lands and the damage it does.  I don’t give him a pass just because he is an actor.  
    But this isn't just any old backyard shenanigans. this is a controlled setting with real experts knowing what is inside the gun and what isn't. Baldwin wouldn't have known just by looking at it. this is one of those cases where the liability, in my view, would only fall on him if:

    a) as the producer, knowingly cut corners with the union and safety protocols
    b) as an actor, pointed it somewhere he shouldn't have been pointing it
    It doesn’t even sound like the person in charge of the guns was very knowledgeable of them.  Not sure about “real experts”…
    And the actor was obviously pointing it at someone’s mid-section.
    My argument is that Baldwin shouldn’t have even had it in his hands if he doesn’t know how to operate it and do his own safety check.
    Simple firearm basic safety rules:
    ”treat every gun as if it were loaded”
    ”never point at something you do not wish to destroy”
    no, there are real experts in this field. from what I've read, there are many variables involved in a prop gun being used safely, so there's a ton of training and expertise involved. 

    it's just the costume guy moonlighting as a prop gun guy. 

    doing a "safety check", as I said, would have been moot if it had been baldwin, or even a trained firearm enthusiast. As I stated, a layman wouldn't know the difference between a real loaded gun and a prop gun loaded with blanks, even opening the chamber, it looks the same apparently; it is virtually indistinguishable just to look at. only the person loading it would know, and you have to trust they did their job correctly. 
    From what I’ve read, it’s a far cry from “a ton of training and expertise”:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/10/24/baldwin-rust-shooting-armorer/

    “ In particular, the incident has put a spotlight on the role of a set’s armorer, or a firearms specialist — and the lack of formal training required to become one.” 

    “There is no standard test to become an armorer, according to Tristano, and training mainly consists of internships or other work under master armorers, the industry term for experienced armorers who oversee those with less experience.”

    more evidence has come out that Alec was handed the gun, was practicing removing it from his holster to point at the camera when it discharged. 
    Saw that, and also a rumor swirling that some were using the guns to plink prior and that there will most likely be criminal charges sought (not sure who for).  
    What a mess, but it really does just boil down to negligence with a firearm.  Still sounds like the armorer was inexperienced and not very well trained.  Maybe they need to re-evaluate the training requirements for anyone handling firearms on movie sets.  There are plenty examples of Hollywood not knowing how firearms work on the big screen alone.  
    I will still hold that Alec should not be handing a real firearm unless he knows basic firearm safety (eg: not pointing at anyone or anything, treat every real gun that is capable of firing real bullets as if it were loaded with real bullets).  Otherwise they should probably stick to rubber prop guns and CGI…
    Honestly, I hope the film industry is hammered over their negligent portrayal and use of firearms. 
    in any industry, there's a certain level of trust that goes with inherent risks that are posed. you trust those that are tasked with the safety of any given instrument/action. I don't see how Alec is at all to blame for this. 

    But yes, there is simply no reason to use real firearms anymore, with the technology to make it look like a real firearm is within financial reach of especially big budget films. 
    I’ll agree to disagree on the culpability of Alec.  In any other situation where an adult accidentally shoots someone, the person pulling the trigger is ultimately responsible for the damage caused by that action.  The “he’s just an actor” excuse is non-withstanding in my opinion.  If you handle a real firearm, you are responsible for what happens with it.  Alec had a choice to not use a real firearm, had a choice whether or not to check the chamber himself, made the decision as to where the gun was pointed, and made the decision to pull the trigger.  Once the firearm was in his possession, he was responsible for whatever happened to it.  Yes, the armorer is also to blame, but she did not point the gun or pull the trigger.  There are multiple points of irresponsible behavior, but I do think Alec is partly to blame.  The industry should change its protocols or use fake guns if they want to avoid this type of accident, plain and simple. 
    Is there another example where the person pointing a firearm and pulling the trigger would not be held at least partially liable for what happens when that trigger is pulled?
    so if I'm playing a terrorist in a movie, strap a bomb to my kidnap victim, being assured that, while the bomb looks real, it absolutely is not, and I click the little red button, and it somehow explodes, I'm culpable for homicide? gimme a break. 
    I would say that the police would probably look at everyone, from the pyrotechnics professional, to the person that pushed the button to determine who was culpable.  I’m not familiar with bombs, but I know firearm laws pretty well and in any other case, accidental or intentional, the person pulling the trigger is responsible for what happens next.  It’s why the “I didn’t know it was loaded” never holds up in court.  You are responsible for checking that gun yourself.  Once a firearm is placed in your hands, you are responsible for it.  Firearm safety 101 is never assuming a gun is not loaded with live rounds. We agree, though, that the easiest solution to this is to avoid using real guns on set.
    Question, are there any reasonable actions Alec could have taken to avoid this tragedy?  If yes, then I think he could face negligent homicide charges at least.
    if, as producer he was responsible for cutting corners budget-wise, or giving direction in some way that lead to negligence, maybe I could see something like that, but as the actor who had the gun discharge on him, no. this is a closed setting, again, not someone's back yard. these situations simply aren't comparable. 
    From New Mexico law:

    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2013/chapter-30/article-2/section-30-2-3/

    “Involuntary manslaughter consists of manslaughter committed in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to felony, or in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death in an unlawful manner or without due caution and circumspection.”

    Due caution and circumspection=not pointing a real gun at someone, checking chamber, etc.
    I honestly don’t see how he would not be somewhat culpable here with the way the law is written.

    If you were at a gun range (closed setting) and the range master told you your gun was unloaded, and you picked it up without checking it, pointed it at someone (or “practicing your
    draw”) and shot them with a live round, do you think charges would be brought up against you?  
    Movie set and was told it's a prop gun.

    No way he gets charged.

    I still think there was intent from someone though...
    Calling it a prop gun is a sidestep.  It was a real gun used as a prop. 
    New Mexico defines a deadly weapon as:
    B. "deadly weapon" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; or any weapon which is capable of producing death or great bodily harm,”
    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2011/chapter30/article1/section30-1-12/

    Calling it a “prop gun” is merely semantics.
    So, through negligence, Alec Baldwin pointed a deadly weapon at a cast member without inspecting it himself and pulled the trigger= negligent homicide in the way New Mexico law is written.
    Will he actually get charged?  Well, he is a rich old white guy, Hollywood “elite”, so not likely…
    A) he didn't point it at a cast member. He pointed it at the camera, as the scene likely directed him to. 
    B) even if he inspected it himself, he likely wouldn't have known the difference between blanks and live rounds (nor should he be expected to-why have an armorer if that's the expectation?)
    C) he (allegedly) didn't pull the trigger. he was practicing his draw from his holster and it went off. 

    real life is different from controlled conditions. I'm not really sure how you can keep arguing this. he won't be charged as the person holding the gun. He might get charged as the producer depending on those findings. But not as the person holding the gun. 

    if an actor was supposed to be a firearms expert in a film, knowing they'd be subject to prosecution if an accident happened, we wouldn't have seen one single real gun in a film in decades. it's just not how it works. 
    He did point it at a cast member because that is where the bullet hit (that’s how guns work). And guns do not fire just by drawing them from a holster, that’s just stupid.  Guns don’t just “go off” (that’s not how guns work).  He or something had to have pulled the trigger or dropped the hammer.
    And they shouldn’t have any real firearms on set if actors are not trained in how to safely operate and inspect them…if nothing else for their own safety.  Hopefully this will bring some attention to this stupid practice.  You never know if a foreign object is in the barrel (another firearm safety training 101rule: Always be sure your barrel is not obstructed).  And you don’t have to be an “expert” to learn how to do a quick safety check, especially on a revolver.
    I honestly don’t see how you are arguing against this.  I have showed what the law says, but if you just want to believe your assumptions instead of showing any actual facts, then I’m not sure what further there is to say.

    no, he didn't point it at a cast member. he pointed it at the camera and it hit the cinematographer and the director who was crouching behind her. 

    I know what the law says as you posted. you think every case is black and white, with no extenuating circumstances? 

    I'm not arguing what they should or should not have on set. I actually have already stated I agree that this practice isn't necessary with how affordable the graphics are to make it look real to the movie goer. 

    there were two people who handled the gun prior to baldwin, both of whom are responsible for this. the armorer, and the assistant director. I don't know if the AD is actually supposed to check the barrel of the gun, or if he just does as a fail safe, but he did, and failed to check it fully. he has admitted to checking the barrel but he can only remember seeing 3 rounds, and not seeing any live rounds. he said he couldn't recall if the armorer checked the entire barrel. 

    I don't know if Baldwin knows what a real bullet looks like vs a blank one. I don't. I have never seen a gun in person in my entire life (no, I'm not kidding). So if I checked a barrel of a gun, I'd personally have zero clue if the round inside was blank or live. 

    Uh, you are pretty much the only one arguing for this nonsense, so it's odd that you think it's weird I'm arguing against it. lol

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    Oct. 21, 2021

    Two Chicago police officers were shot and injured — apparently by one bullet — on Wednesday night after a third officer accidentally discharged his handgun during a struggle with a man while investigating a homicide, officials said.

    The officer fired his weapon once, and one officer was struck in the arm and another in the shoulder, David Brown, superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, said during a news conference.

    It was “likely a through and through for one officer into another officer,” Superintendent Brown said. The officer who fired his weapon was not injured, the superintendent said, adding, “Obviously it’s very traumatic to have accidentally have this happen.”

    The three officers were not immediately identified. The injured ones were taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill., a small city just outside Chicago, and they “seem to be in decent, good condition,” the superintendent said.


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    So who should be charged with firearm negligence?  Alec?  The armory person?  
    I wouldn’t think Baldwin would or should be charged if the industry standard was to have a firearms expert on site and trust his knowledge. I would also think that standard might change to make anyone handling a gun (if they even use real guns after this) be trained and responsible for the final inspection. 
    I get many actors probably don’t own or use guns and just trust the experts working with them. But honestly, even if I was anti-gun, I’d want to take a safety training course and be able to inspect any firearm someone just hands me and says to go point it at someone and pull the trigger, it’s fine. 
    If my first sentence is true, I think the standard should change to include anyone who held the gun in the chain of events be held responsible. Don’t just trust someone a gun is empty and take their word for it.
    If someone gave you a gun and said “don’t worry, it’s not loaded”, and you pointed it at someone and shot them, who would be liable?  In the end, it’s always (with adults anyway)the person holding/pointing/shooting the gun that is responsible for where that bullet lands and the damage it does.  I don’t give him a pass just because he is an actor.  
    But this isn't just any old backyard shenanigans. this is a controlled setting with real experts knowing what is inside the gun and what isn't. Baldwin wouldn't have known just by looking at it. this is one of those cases where the liability, in my view, would only fall on him if:

    a) as the producer, knowingly cut corners with the union and safety protocols
    b) as an actor, pointed it somewhere he shouldn't have been pointing it
    It doesn’t even sound like the person in charge of the guns was very knowledgeable of them.  Not sure about “real experts”…
    And the actor was obviously pointing it at someone’s mid-section.
    My argument is that Baldwin shouldn’t have even had it in his hands if he doesn’t know how to operate it and do his own safety check.
    Simple firearm basic safety rules:
    ”treat every gun as if it were loaded”
    ”never point at something you do not wish to destroy”
    no, there are real experts in this field. from what I've read, there are many variables involved in a prop gun being used safely, so there's a ton of training and expertise involved. 

    it's just the costume guy moonlighting as a prop gun guy. 

    doing a "safety check", as I said, would have been moot if it had been baldwin, or even a trained firearm enthusiast. As I stated, a layman wouldn't know the difference between a real loaded gun and a prop gun loaded with blanks, even opening the chamber, it looks the same apparently; it is virtually indistinguishable just to look at. only the person loading it would know, and you have to trust they did their job correctly. 
    From what I’ve read, it’s a far cry from “a ton of training and expertise”:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/10/24/baldwin-rust-shooting-armorer/

    “ In particular, the incident has put a spotlight on the role of a set’s armorer, or a firearms specialist — and the lack of formal training required to become one.” 

    “There is no standard test to become an armorer, according to Tristano, and training mainly consists of internships or other work under master armorers, the industry term for experienced armorers who oversee those with less experience.”

    more evidence has come out that Alec was handed the gun, was practicing removing it from his holster to point at the camera when it discharged. 
    Saw that, and also a rumor swirling that some were using the guns to plink prior and that there will most likely be criminal charges sought (not sure who for).  
    What a mess, but it really does just boil down to negligence with a firearm.  Still sounds like the armorer was inexperienced and not very well trained.  Maybe they need to re-evaluate the training requirements for anyone handling firearms on movie sets.  There are plenty examples of Hollywood not knowing how firearms work on the big screen alone.  
    I will still hold that Alec should not be handing a real firearm unless he knows basic firearm safety (eg: not pointing at anyone or anything, treat every real gun that is capable of firing real bullets as if it were loaded with real bullets).  Otherwise they should probably stick to rubber prop guns and CGI…
    Honestly, I hope the film industry is hammered over their negligent portrayal and use of firearms. 
    in any industry, there's a certain level of trust that goes with inherent risks that are posed. you trust those that are tasked with the safety of any given instrument/action. I don't see how Alec is at all to blame for this. 

    But yes, there is simply no reason to use real firearms anymore, with the technology to make it look like a real firearm is within financial reach of especially big budget films. 
    I’ll agree to disagree on the culpability of Alec.  In any other situation where an adult accidentally shoots someone, the person pulling the trigger is ultimately responsible for the damage caused by that action.  The “he’s just an actor” excuse is non-withstanding in my opinion.  If you handle a real firearm, you are responsible for what happens with it.  Alec had a choice to not use a real firearm, had a choice whether or not to check the chamber himself, made the decision as to where the gun was pointed, and made the decision to pull the trigger.  Once the firearm was in his possession, he was responsible for whatever happened to it.  Yes, the armorer is also to blame, but she did not point the gun or pull the trigger.  There are multiple points of irresponsible behavior, but I do think Alec is partly to blame.  The industry should change its protocols or use fake guns if they want to avoid this type of accident, plain and simple. 
    Is there another example where the person pointing a firearm and pulling the trigger would not be held at least partially liable for what happens when that trigger is pulled?
    so if I'm playing a terrorist in a movie, strap a bomb to my kidnap victim, being assured that, while the bomb looks real, it absolutely is not, and I click the little red button, and it somehow explodes, I'm culpable for homicide? gimme a break. 
    I would say that the police would probably look at everyone, from the pyrotechnics professional, to the person that pushed the button to determine who was culpable.  I’m not familiar with bombs, but I know firearm laws pretty well and in any other case, accidental or intentional, the person pulling the trigger is responsible for what happens next.  It’s why the “I didn’t know it was loaded” never holds up in court.  You are responsible for checking that gun yourself.  Once a firearm is placed in your hands, you are responsible for it.  Firearm safety 101 is never assuming a gun is not loaded with live rounds. We agree, though, that the easiest solution to this is to avoid using real guns on set.
    Question, are there any reasonable actions Alec could have taken to avoid this tragedy?  If yes, then I think he could face negligent homicide charges at least.
    if, as producer he was responsible for cutting corners budget-wise, or giving direction in some way that lead to negligence, maybe I could see something like that, but as the actor who had the gun discharge on him, no. this is a closed setting, again, not someone's back yard. these situations simply aren't comparable. 
    From New Mexico law:

    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2013/chapter-30/article-2/section-30-2-3/

    “Involuntary manslaughter consists of manslaughter committed in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to felony, or in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death in an unlawful manner or without due caution and circumspection.”

    Due caution and circumspection=not pointing a real gun at someone, checking chamber, etc.
    I honestly don’t see how he would not be somewhat culpable here with the way the law is written.

    If you were at a gun range (closed setting) and the range master told you your gun was unloaded, and you picked it up without checking it, pointed it at someone (or “practicing your
    draw”) and shot them with a live round, do you think charges would be brought up against you?  
    Movie set and was told it's a prop gun.

    No way he gets charged.

    I still think there was intent from someone though...
    Calling it a prop gun is a sidestep.  It was a real gun used as a prop. 
    New Mexico defines a deadly weapon as:
    B. "deadly weapon" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; or any weapon which is capable of producing death or great bodily harm,”
    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2011/chapter30/article1/section30-1-12/

    Calling it a “prop gun” is merely semantics.
    So, through negligence, Alec Baldwin pointed a deadly weapon at a cast member without inspecting it himself and pulled the trigger= negligent homicide in the way New Mexico law is written.
    Will he actually get charged?  Well, he is a rich old white guy, Hollywood “elite”, so not likely…
    A) he didn't point it at a cast member. He pointed it at the camera, as the scene likely directed him to. 
    B) even if he inspected it himself, he likely wouldn't have known the difference between blanks and live rounds (nor should he be expected to-why have an armorer if that's the expectation?)
    C) he (allegedly) didn't pull the trigger. he was practicing his draw from his holster and it went off. 

    real life is different from controlled conditions. I'm not really sure how you can keep arguing this. he won't be charged as the person holding the gun. He might get charged as the producer depending on those findings. But not as the person holding the gun. 

    if an actor was supposed to be a firearms expert in a film, knowing they'd be subject to prosecution if an accident happened, we wouldn't have seen one single real gun in a film in decades. it's just not how it works. 
    He did point it at a cast member because that is where the bullet hit (that’s how guns work). And guns do not fire just by drawing them from a holster, that’s just stupid.  Guns don’t just “go off” (that’s not how guns work).  He or something had to have pulled the trigger or dropped the hammer.
    And they shouldn’t have any real firearms on set if actors are not trained in how to safely operate and inspect them…if nothing else for their own safety.  Hopefully this will bring some attention to this stupid practice.  You never know if a foreign object is in the barrel (another firearm safety training 101rule: Always be sure your barrel is not obstructed).  And you don’t have to be an “expert” to learn how to do a quick safety check, especially on a revolver.
    I honestly don’t see how you are arguing against this.  I have showed what the law says, but if you just want to believe your assumptions instead of showing any actual facts, then I’m not sure what further there is to say.

    no, he didn't point it at a cast member. he pointed it at the camera and it hit the cinematographer and the director who was crouching behind her. 

    I know what the law says as you posted. you think every case is black and white, with no extenuating circumstances? 

    I'm not arguing what they should or should not have on set. I actually have already stated I agree that this practice isn't necessary with how affordable the graphics are to make it look real to the movie goer. 

    there were two people who handled the gun prior to baldwin, both of whom are responsible for this. the armorer, and the assistant director. I don't know if the AD is actually supposed to check the barrel of the gun, or if he just does as a fail safe, but he did, and failed to check it fully. he has admitted to checking the barrel but he can only remember seeing 3 rounds, and not seeing any live rounds. he said he couldn't recall if the armorer checked the entire barrel. 

    I don't know if Baldwin knows what a real bullet looks like vs a blank one. I don't. I have never seen a gun in person in my entire life (no, I'm not kidding). So if I checked a barrel of a gun, I'd personally have zero clue if the round inside was blank or live. 

    Uh, you are pretty much the only one arguing for this nonsense, so it's odd that you think it's weird I'm arguing against it. lol

    Blanks vs live rounds are very easy. Live rounds will have a copper or lead bullet, where a blank is just the brass casing, no bullet. Sometimes blanks have paper or other was or hold the powder, or sometimes I’ve seen the tip crimped, but there is clearly no bullet, it looks closer to a spent round than it does a live round.
    I also find it hard to believe Alec wouldn't know the difference, or the difference between a loaded or unloaded gun. He’s been in lots of movies as an actor and producer with guns before. Just seems unlikely he would never had 1 person ever show him or seen it. It’s possible, just seems unlikely to me.
    Guns are actually fairly simple to learn and operate. It takes about 2 seconds to rotate the cylinder on a revolver and check if it’s loaded. If a pistol is unloaded, the slide stays open, if it closes you know there’s a round in the chamber that you can empty by racking the slide in 2 seconds.  None of it requires a ton of knowledge or a lot of time. Which is why I think in the future whoever handles the gun should be part of the process, if they are going to use real guns. It’s not difficult to learn and would literally save lives. I’d want to have a basic understanding if I was an actor and know what is being handed to me. Your terrorist bomb analogy wasn’t perfect because they don’t ever strap real bombs to people but they use real guns. But if they did, and they strapped a real bomb to someone and gave you a real detonator and told you “don’t worry, even though it’s all real, we took the batteries out” I bet you’d double check there were no batteries in the detonator, right?

    I know you your response wasn’t to me and I already said I don’t think Alec should be charged. But I disagree with many of the comments I’ve seen about him probably not knowing. As much as he’s been around guns in movies and as simple as they are, he should have a basic understanding and definitely be able to tell the difference between bullet and no bullet. And if he doesn’t, anyone asked to fire a real gun should be part of this process, it’s not difficult to learn basic gun safety and checks. I mean, we expect actors to gain or lose 50 lbs, to have a grueling workout schedule for certain roles, or grow a 12” beard, but we can’t expect them to take a 2 hour class on gun safety?

  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 29,479
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    Guns make us safer.

    On Monday, the right-wing youth organization Turning Point USA had an event during which founder Charlie Kirk took questions from members of the audience. At one point, a bearded man asked one, as seen in video obtained by Media Matters.

    “At this point, we’re living under corporate and medical fascism. This is tyranny,” he said. “When do we get to use the guns?”

    Members of the audience applauded.

    “No, and I’m not — that’s not a joke,” he continued. “I’m not saying it like that. I mean, literally, where’s the line? How many elections are they going to steal before we kill these people?”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/10/27/when-do-we-get-use-guns-ongoing-danger-false-fraud-claims/

    Those fears now appear to be materializing, in big ways and small. The National Association of School Resource Officers reports that from Aug. 1 to Oct. 1 this year, there were 97 reported gun-related incidents in schools. During the same span in 2019, there were 29.

    Similarly, Everytown for Gun Safety, a lobby group for gun restrictions, tallies 56 instances of gunfire on school grounds in August and September of 2021. That is higher for those two months than any year since the group began tracking incidents in 2013, and more than double the previous high of 22 in 2019. It also found record numbers of deaths, at eight, and injuries, with 35.

    “School violence has risen to levels that we haven’t seen quite frankly,” said Mo Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers. “I don’t think it took a genius to see this coming.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/10/26/schools-violence-teachers-guns-fights/

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  • PJPOWERPJPOWER In Yo FacePosts: 6,403
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    So who should be charged with firearm negligence?  Alec?  The armory person?  
    I wouldn’t think Baldwin would or should be charged if the industry standard was to have a firearms expert on site and trust his knowledge. I would also think that standard might change to make anyone handling a gun (if they even use real guns after this) be trained and responsible for the final inspection. 
    I get many actors probably don’t own or use guns and just trust the experts working with them. But honestly, even if I was anti-gun, I’d want to take a safety training course and be able to inspect any firearm someone just hands me and says to go point it at someone and pull the trigger, it’s fine. 
    If my first sentence is true, I think the standard should change to include anyone who held the gun in the chain of events be held responsible. Don’t just trust someone a gun is empty and take their word for it.
    If someone gave you a gun and said “don’t worry, it’s not loaded”, and you pointed it at someone and shot them, who would be liable?  In the end, it’s always (with adults anyway)the person holding/pointing/shooting the gun that is responsible for where that bullet lands and the damage it does.  I don’t give him a pass just because he is an actor.  
    But this isn't just any old backyard shenanigans. this is a controlled setting with real experts knowing what is inside the gun and what isn't. Baldwin wouldn't have known just by looking at it. this is one of those cases where the liability, in my view, would only fall on him if:

    a) as the producer, knowingly cut corners with the union and safety protocols
    b) as an actor, pointed it somewhere he shouldn't have been pointing it
    It doesn’t even sound like the person in charge of the guns was very knowledgeable of them.  Not sure about “real experts”…
    And the actor was obviously pointing it at someone’s mid-section.
    My argument is that Baldwin shouldn’t have even had it in his hands if he doesn’t know how to operate it and do his own safety check.
    Simple firearm basic safety rules:
    ”treat every gun as if it were loaded”
    ”never point at something you do not wish to destroy”
    no, there are real experts in this field. from what I've read, there are many variables involved in a prop gun being used safely, so there's a ton of training and expertise involved. 

    it's just the costume guy moonlighting as a prop gun guy. 

    doing a "safety check", as I said, would have been moot if it had been baldwin, or even a trained firearm enthusiast. As I stated, a layman wouldn't know the difference between a real loaded gun and a prop gun loaded with blanks, even opening the chamber, it looks the same apparently; it is virtually indistinguishable just to look at. only the person loading it would know, and you have to trust they did their job correctly. 
    From what I’ve read, it’s a far cry from “a ton of training and expertise”:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/10/24/baldwin-rust-shooting-armorer/

    “ In particular, the incident has put a spotlight on the role of a set’s armorer, or a firearms specialist — and the lack of formal training required to become one.” 

    “There is no standard test to become an armorer, according to Tristano, and training mainly consists of internships or other work under master armorers, the industry term for experienced armorers who oversee those with less experience.”

    more evidence has come out that Alec was handed the gun, was practicing removing it from his holster to point at the camera when it discharged. 
    Saw that, and also a rumor swirling that some were using the guns to plink prior and that there will most likely be criminal charges sought (not sure who for).  
    What a mess, but it really does just boil down to negligence with a firearm.  Still sounds like the armorer was inexperienced and not very well trained.  Maybe they need to re-evaluate the training requirements for anyone handling firearms on movie sets.  There are plenty examples of Hollywood not knowing how firearms work on the big screen alone.  
    I will still hold that Alec should not be handing a real firearm unless he knows basic firearm safety (eg: not pointing at anyone or anything, treat every real gun that is capable of firing real bullets as if it were loaded with real bullets).  Otherwise they should probably stick to rubber prop guns and CGI…
    Honestly, I hope the film industry is hammered over their negligent portrayal and use of firearms. 
    in any industry, there's a certain level of trust that goes with inherent risks that are posed. you trust those that are tasked with the safety of any given instrument/action. I don't see how Alec is at all to blame for this. 

    But yes, there is simply no reason to use real firearms anymore, with the technology to make it look like a real firearm is within financial reach of especially big budget films. 
    I’ll agree to disagree on the culpability of Alec.  In any other situation where an adult accidentally shoots someone, the person pulling the trigger is ultimately responsible for the damage caused by that action.  The “he’s just an actor” excuse is non-withstanding in my opinion.  If you handle a real firearm, you are responsible for what happens with it.  Alec had a choice to not use a real firearm, had a choice whether or not to check the chamber himself, made the decision as to where the gun was pointed, and made the decision to pull the trigger.  Once the firearm was in his possession, he was responsible for whatever happened to it.  Yes, the armorer is also to blame, but she did not point the gun or pull the trigger.  There are multiple points of irresponsible behavior, but I do think Alec is partly to blame.  The industry should change its protocols or use fake guns if they want to avoid this type of accident, plain and simple. 
    Is there another example where the person pointing a firearm and pulling the trigger would not be held at least partially liable for what happens when that trigger is pulled?
    so if I'm playing a terrorist in a movie, strap a bomb to my kidnap victim, being assured that, while the bomb looks real, it absolutely is not, and I click the little red button, and it somehow explodes, I'm culpable for homicide? gimme a break. 
    I would say that the police would probably look at everyone, from the pyrotechnics professional, to the person that pushed the button to determine who was culpable.  I’m not familiar with bombs, but I know firearm laws pretty well and in any other case, accidental or intentional, the person pulling the trigger is responsible for what happens next.  It’s why the “I didn’t know it was loaded” never holds up in court.  You are responsible for checking that gun yourself.  Once a firearm is placed in your hands, you are responsible for it.  Firearm safety 101 is never assuming a gun is not loaded with live rounds. We agree, though, that the easiest solution to this is to avoid using real guns on set.
    Question, are there any reasonable actions Alec could have taken to avoid this tragedy?  If yes, then I think he could face negligent homicide charges at least.
    if, as producer he was responsible for cutting corners budget-wise, or giving direction in some way that lead to negligence, maybe I could see something like that, but as the actor who had the gun discharge on him, no. this is a closed setting, again, not someone's back yard. these situations simply aren't comparable. 
    From New Mexico law:

    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2013/chapter-30/article-2/section-30-2-3/

    “Involuntary manslaughter consists of manslaughter committed in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to felony, or in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death in an unlawful manner or without due caution and circumspection.”

    Due caution and circumspection=not pointing a real gun at someone, checking chamber, etc.
    I honestly don’t see how he would not be somewhat culpable here with the way the law is written.

    If you were at a gun range (closed setting) and the range master told you your gun was unloaded, and you picked it up without checking it, pointed it at someone (or “practicing your
    draw”) and shot them with a live round, do you think charges would be brought up against you?  
    Movie set and was told it's a prop gun.

    No way he gets charged.

    I still think there was intent from someone though...
    Calling it a prop gun is a sidestep.  It was a real gun used as a prop. 
    New Mexico defines a deadly weapon as:
    B. "deadly weapon" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; or any weapon which is capable of producing death or great bodily harm,”
    https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2011/chapter30/article1/section30-1-12/

    Calling it a “prop gun” is merely semantics.
    So, through negligence, Alec Baldwin pointed a deadly weapon at a cast member without inspecting it himself and pulled the trigger= negligent homicide in the way New Mexico law is written.
    Will he actually get charged?  Well, he is a rich old white guy, Hollywood “elite”, so not likely…
    A) he didn't point it at a cast member. He pointed it at the camera, as the scene likely directed him to. 
    B) even if he inspected it himself, he likely wouldn't have known the difference between blanks and live rounds (nor should he be expected to-why have an armorer if that's the expectation?)
    C) he (allegedly) didn't pull the trigger. he was practicing his draw from his holster and it went off. 

    real life is different from controlled conditions. I'm not really sure how you can keep arguing this. he won't be charged as the person holding the gun. He might get charged as the producer depending on those findings. But not as the person holding the gun. 

    if an actor was supposed to be a firearms expert in a film, knowing they'd be subject to prosecution if an accident happened, we wouldn't have seen one single real gun in a film in decades. it's just not how it works. 
    He did point it at a cast member because that is where the bullet hit (that’s how guns work). And guns do not fire just by drawing them from a holster, that’s just stupid.  Guns don’t just “go off” (that’s not how guns work).  He or something had to have pulled the trigger or dropped the hammer.
    And they shouldn’t have any real firearms on set if actors are not trained in how to safely operate and inspect them…if nothing else for their own safety.  Hopefully this will bring some attention to this stupid practice.  You never know if a foreign object is in the barrel (another firearm safety training 101rule: Always be sure your barrel is not obstructed).  And you don’t have to be an “expert” to learn how to do a quick safety check, especially on a revolver.
    I honestly don’t see how you are arguing against this.  I have showed what the law says, but if you just want to believe your assumptions instead of showing any actual facts, then I’m not sure what further there is to say.

    no, he didn't point it at a cast member. he pointed it at the camera and it hit the cinematographer and the director who was crouching behind her. 

    I know what the law says as you posted. you think every case is black and white, with no extenuating circumstances? 

    I'm not arguing what they should or should not have on set. I actually have already stated I agree that this practice isn't necessary with how affordable the graphics are to make it look real to the movie goer. 

    there were two people who handled the gun prior to baldwin, both of whom are responsible for this. the armorer, and the assistant director. I don't know if the AD is actually supposed to check the barrel of the gun, or if he just does as a fail safe, but he did, and failed to check it fully. he has admitted to checking the barrel but he can only remember seeing 3 rounds, and not seeing any live rounds. he said he couldn't recall if the armorer checked the entire barrel. 

    I don't know if Baldwin knows what a real bullet looks like vs a blank one. I don't. I have never seen a gun in person in my entire life (no, I'm not kidding). So if I checked a barrel of a gun, I'd personally have zero clue if the round inside was blank or live. 

    Uh, you are pretty much the only one arguing for this nonsense, so it's odd that you think it's weird I'm arguing against it. lol

    No, he pointed it at the cinematographer.  I’m not saying he intentionally pointed it at her (I realize he claimed he pointed it at the camera), but the bullet would not have hit her if the gun was not pointed at her…not sure why that even has to be argued.  The bullet goes where the gun is pointed…Here is yet another link for you since you seem uneducated about physics:


    And I’ve posted links to lawyers saying he “could” face charges, so I’m not sure where this “you are the only one that thinks that” bullshit comes into play other than a weak attempt at character assassination.  I haven’t seen you post a single bit of information other than your opinion and false information about how firearms work (by your own admission, you know jack shit about them).  All I’ve been posting is that he “could” be held culpable, which is backed up by professional sources saying the same thing, so don’t give me this “ your the only one that thinks that” bullshit.  
    Just because Baldwin is ignorant about how to check firearms for safety (a pretty easy task) does not excuse him from culpability.  If you want to give him a pass because he’s a rich old white actor, then that’s your prerogative, but there’s plenty of law professionals that seem to think he “could” face charges.  Will he?  I seriously doubt it.
    It sounds like the armorer is the one being thrown under the bus, or the last person to touch the gun before handing it to Baldwin.  I can see a lawyer pointing at the “last point of contact” before it was in Alec’s hands.  Regardless of it all, if actors are using real firearms as props, they should know some basic firearm safety protocols to keep themselves and everyone around them safe.
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    I'm no lawyer but he was handed a gun and was told it was a "cold gun".....they can try to hold him culpable but he won't be found culpable based on what I've heard.
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  • PJPOWERPJPOWER In Yo FacePosts: 6,403
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    I'm no lawyer but he was handed a gun and was told it was a "cold gun".....they can try to hold him culpable but he won't be found culpable based on what I've heard.
    So if I’m at a gun range (controlled setting) and the range master tells me my gun is unloaded and I pick it up and shoot someone without checking it myself, am I at all culpable?
    There are still choices that come into play.  
    Choice 1- to point or not to point at someone
    Choice 2-to do my own safety check or not
    Choice 3-to pull the trigger or not
    If your choices could have changed the outcome, you can be held culpable.  Keep in mind, a big part of the law surrounding this is based on whether or not the person knew that the object (gun) was capable of causing harm.  In Baldwin’s case, there had already been accidental discharges on set and plenty of safety concerns.  Did he know that it was a real gun capable of firing real bullets that he was holding? I think it’s pretty easy to conclude he did.  
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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 29,479
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    Any “responsible” gun owners, or anyone really, held “responsible” here? What makes Alec’s case different? Is Alec special? What about his rights?

    https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna27399337

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  • Meltdown99Meltdown99 None Of Your Business...Posts: 9,887
    all I know is I wouldn’t want to be around most of the posters to this thread…they’d be passing around guns amongst each other, never bothering to check the gun.  You guys are a trusting bunch.  I don’t trust anyone that much…
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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,733
    PJPOWER said:
    I'm no lawyer but he was handed a gun and was told it was a "cold gun".....they can try to hold him culpable but he won't be found culpable based on what I've heard.
    So if I’m at a gun range (controlled setting) and the range master tells me my gun is unloaded and I pick it up and shoot someone without checking it myself, am I at all culpable?
    There are still choices that come into play.  
    Choice 1- to point or not to point at someone
    Choice 2-to do my own safety check or not
    Choice 3-to pull the trigger or not
    If your choices could have changed the outcome, you can be held culpable.  Keep in mind, a big part of the law surrounding this is based on whether or not the person knew that the object (gun) was capable of causing harm.  In Baldwin’s case, there had already been accidental discharges on set and plenty of safety concerns.  Did he know that it was a real gun capable of firing real bullets that he was holding? I think it’s pretty easy to conclude he did.  

    different circumstances. at a range , why the fuck would you have blanks?
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  • PJPOWERPJPOWER In Yo FacePosts: 6,403
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    mickeyrat said:
    PJPOWER said:
    I'm no lawyer but he was handed a gun and was told it was a "cold gun".....they can try to hold him culpable but he won't be found culpable based on what I've heard.
    So if I’m at a gun range (controlled setting) and the range master tells me my gun is unloaded and I pick it up and shoot someone without checking it myself, am I at all culpable?
    There are still choices that come into play.  
    Choice 1- to point or not to point at someone
    Choice 2-to do my own safety check or not
    Choice 3-to pull the trigger or not
    If your choices could have changed the outcome, you can be held culpable.  Keep in mind, a big part of the law surrounding this is based on whether or not the person knew that the object (gun) was capable of causing harm.  In Baldwin’s case, there had already been accidental discharges on set and plenty of safety concerns.  Did he know that it was a real gun capable of firing real bullets that he was holding? I think it’s pretty easy to conclude he did.  

    different circumstances. at a range , why the fuck would you have blanks?
    Maybe to test out the function of a firearm you plan to use as a prop gun?  :)
    They are a actually very similar scenarios and I think you are missing the point.
    What I think is ironic is how many of you anti-gun people are being so lenient here.  If Baldwin is not charged, it opens the door to plenty of “but I didn’t know it was really loaded” excuses for people to use in future culpably proceedings with gun accidents, when the momentum should be to hold people more accountable for firearm safety…but I digress…
    The gun control crowd taking Baldwin’s side are figuratively shooting themselves in the foot (pun intended).
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