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Alec Baldwin Claims He Didn’t Pull the Trigger at the Rust Shooting.

Alec Baldwin claims he didn’t pull the trigger when Halyna Hutchins was killed on the set of the movie “Rust.” But his statements in an ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos on December 2, may now be used against him, according to legal experts. Never forget for one minute: Alex Baldwin is an actor. And guns just don’t “go off.”

The Meisner Technique is an intensive training system for actors developed by renowned acting coach Sanford Meisner, who teaches actors how to behave instinctively and get in touch with their emotions. It’s known in the acting community as the “real people” technique, because it stresses realism and authenticity. Instead of merely acting sad, shocked or remorseful, an actor trained in the Meisner Technique really is sad, shocked or remorseful.

One of the technique’s greatest practitioners is Alec Baldwin, who has used it to great acclaim throughout his career, earning three Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, eight SAG awards and an Oscar nomination.

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Alec Baldwin claims he didn’t pull the trigger.

“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger. I cock the gun. I go, ‘Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?’ And then I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off…I let go of the hammer of the gun – the gun goes off…I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never. Never. That was the training that I had.”

Alec Baldwin to George Stephanopoulos

Legal experts call his statement risky while the investigation is still ongoing, according to the LA Times. And gun experts call it theater designed to nullify the jury, even though he has not been charged. But it appears his conscience is driving him buggy. He simply can’t deal with the idea that he was responsible for a death.

The problem lies with the type of gun involved: a single action Pietta Long .45-caliber Colt revolver. Not to mention that it was not a “prop gun,” it was a real gun with a real bullet. The armorer, prop guy, and even the assistant director are all in the lineup for responsibility, not to mention Baldwin. And someone died as a result.

Gun experts who are familiar with that particular weapon say that it couldn’t have happened the way Baldwin is describing. It is a fact that the old-fashioned revolvers had a habit of misfiring, they just didn’t do it the way Baldwin says. Remember Baldwin claimed TWICE that he cocked the gun. Does he actually know what that means? It means the hammer is pulled back, the sear is engaged, and the hammer is locked. It’s possible he does not understand how a revolver operates. You can read more of the questions about the shooting here.

Go ahead and pantomime holding a revolver. You have three fingers around the grip. You have your thumb wrapped around the back of the grip. You have a finger inside the trigger guard. Now imagine firing the gun, especially something as powerful as a .45. What does the gun do? It kicks. It jumps in your hand. But you can hang on to it. Why? Because, at the same time, squeezing the trigger serves two purposes: 1) it fires the gun, and 2) it tightens your overall grip on the gun.

Now imagine the scenario Baldwin’s painting…

You have three fingers around the grip. But… You are using your thumb, not to hold the gun in place, but to hold a hammer back that wants to snap forward. Additionally, your finger is OUTSIDE the trigger guard. Then you release the hammer, and without your thumb wrapped around the grip, without your finger in the trigger guard, and without you being ready for it, a .45 caliber goes off, jumps in your hand.

How do you not drop that gun? It’s a .45, it’s got a helluva kick, you do not have a firm grip on it, and it just went off by surprise when you aren’t tensed up expecting it.

John Nolte, Breitbart

All in all, an actor is trying to absolve himself of responsibility for the death of someone that reportedly mattered to him, and the wounding of Joel Souza. Yes, we could have all felt bad for him, but now that Alec Baldwin claims he didn’t pull the trigger, skepticism comes into play. Can gun experts trip him up? Will law enforcement find something wrong with his statement? All in all, the interview could help him if they believe all that acting schmooze, or hurt him if they find a glitch in his statement.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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