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Alec Baldwin Movie Set Shooting – Single Live Round in the Prop Gun?

On Thursday, Alec Baldwin, a notorious liberal political activist, accidentally shot and killed his cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and wounded his director, Joel Souza, 48 on the movie set of “Rust.” The prop gun used was reportedly loaded with one live round. The camera crew that normally would have been present left the set earlier that day over a dispute and were replaced by nonunion members. Rust was being filmed at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, and was the site of numerous movies before it. Movie production has been halted.

IATSE:  International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

In the email that IATSE Local 44 sent, Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Pawluc said the event was “an accidental weapons discharge.”

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“Local 44 has confirmed that the Props, Set Decoration, Special Effects and Construction Departments were staffed by New Mexico crew members,” Pawluc said. “There were no Local 44 members on the call sheet. On behalf of Local 44’s Officers, Executive Board and Staff, our thoughts and prayers go out to Halyna and her family. We also send good thoughts to Joel and his family for a full recovery.”

Variety

Trouble at the Bonanza Creek Ranch

The union that normally would have been in charge of the props claims that none of their members were on the call list. Since the death of Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee’s son, died from a bullet that had no powder, but still had the primer in it on the movie set of “The Crow” several years ago, live rounds were not common. Alec Baldwin was said to have been unaware that the gun was loaded, after the crew shouted “cold gun.”

The union crew was told by the production company to leave the set or be forcibly removed, according to reports. The union members complained about safety on the set after two misfires occurred a few days before. They were also having difficulties obtaining their paychecks, and the production company got their hotel rooms 50 miles away in Albuquerque instead of the closer Santa Fe. Long driving times and long hours wore them down.

Three crew members who were present at the Bonanza Creek Ranch set on Saturday said they were particularly concerned about two accidental prop gun discharges.

Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two rounds Saturday after being told that the gun was “cold” — lingo for a weapon that doesn’t have any ammunition, including blanks — two crew members who witnessed the episode told the Los Angeles Times.

“There should have been an investigation into what happened,” a crew member said. “There were no safety meetings. There was no assurance that it wouldn’t happen again. All they wanted to do was rush, rush, rush.”…

The actor was preparing to film a scene in which he pulls a gun out of a holster, according to a source close to the production. Crew members had already shouted “cold gun” on the set. The filmmaking team was lining up its camera angles and had yet to retreat to the video village, an on-set area where the crew gathers to watch filming from a distance via a monitor…

Baldwin removed the gun from its holster once without incident, but the second time he did so, ammunition flew toward the trio around the monitor. The projectile whizzed by the camera operator but penetrated Hutchins near her shoulder, then continued through to Souza. Hutchins immediately fell to the ground as crew members applied pressure to her wound in an attempt to stop the bleeding.

Los Angeles Times

It’s extremely difficult to mistake a live round for a blank. Normally prop guns are loaded with blanks- which doesn’t sound like a real bullet when fired, but that sound can be digitally enhanced before a movie is released. This was a low-budget film, but still, necessary computer enhancements would have been easily obtained. There was no reason to have a live round on the set.

Alec Baldwin stated that he had never been handed a hot gun in his entire career

Baldwin has been an outspoken critic of gun rights advocates, police shootings, and numerous other volatile political statements. Reporters pictured Baldwin with tears in his eyes after the shooting. It’s devastating to think you might have accidentally taken the life of another human. But social media had a way of reminding him of the years in which he posted sarcastic statements over other people who inadvertently killed someone. Will he learn anything from this? Probably not, and he’ll likely be on a new tirade against guns, as will the regular crop of anti-gunners. So if you want ‘action’ in movies in the future, you’re likely to get unicorns and butterflies.

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If proper gun procedures had been used, this tragedy would not have occurred. A liberal anti-gunner like Alec Baldwin, and the crew he worked with, should have been aware of at least the basics of gun safety. It is unlikely that any charges will be leveled against Baldwin, or the person who loaded the round could potentially be charged with some sort of negligence. The Santa Fe Sheriff’s office is investigating.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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