In the aftermath of the fatal shooting that occurred on the set of Alec Baldwin’s latest movie “Rust”, there are questions that still need to be answered. People are wondering how this could have happened and also, why was Baldwin pointing a gun in the direction of people with his finger on the trigger?
What happened after Baldwin squeezed the trigger is absolutely horrifying as the gun fired a live round hitting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in the chest and director Joel Souza in the shoulder. Hutchins, unfortunately, died from the gunshot.
Questions around the incident immediately followed. Why was there a live gun on set? Did Baldwin know it was loaded with live rounds? Why did seemingly no one notice there were live bullets in the gun before it was handed off to Baldwin?
In an interview clip released on Wednesday, Baldwin said that he did not pull the trigger.
George Stephanopoulos asked Baldwin how a real bullet got on the “Rust” set, Alec Baldwin says: “I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
Asked by @GStephanopoulos how a real bullet got on the "Rust" set, Alec Baldwin says: “I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2021
“Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” the actor told ABC’s, George Stephanopoulos.
“So you never pulled the trigger?” Stephanopoulos pointedly asked him.
“No, no, no. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never,” Baldwin answered.
Baldwin said he had no idea there was a live bullet in the gun and furthermore, he had no clue how live rounds of ammo even got onto the premises.
Here is more from Western Journal:
Reuters noted the full interview with Stephanopoulos will be released on Thursday, but some clips were posted on Wednesday.
Law enforcement is still investigating the incident and no charges have been filed, according to CNBC.
While this killing seems to be a complete accident, Baldwin’s surety that he did not pull the trigger is questionable. Maybe he cannot remember or has blocked out the day’s events in his mind, but for a gun to go off on its own is nearly impossible.
It is technically possible for a gun to accidentally discharge, perhaps if it is dropped, but it’s extraordinarily rare. Furthermore, Baldwin had a revolver, which tends to be one of the most fail-safe guns, even in the case of accidental discharges. Most guns will have a drop-safety or firing pin block.
“Modern revolvers tend to be the ‘safest’ gun in terms of dropping accidents, as there is a slide bar between the hammer and firing pin,” Science ABC explained.
It may never be known what really happened on the set that day. It was likely an accident, and with so many moving parts, there is immense confusion over how everything happened. But due to the typical mechanisms of a revolver, it is unlikely that Baldwin didn’t touch the trigger at all and the gun just fired.
Baldwin admitted to Stephanopoulos that this is the worst thing that has ever happened to him. But the in the interview, the actor was ready to answer questions and share what he knew.
“As you can imagine he’s devastated but he was also very candid, he was very forthcoming,” Stephanopoulos said, as Reuters reported. “He answered every question.”
What do you think?