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Alec Baldwin to Face Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in 'Rust' Shooting Death of Halyna Hutchins

More than one year after the fatal on-set shooting, the Santa Fe County District Attorney’s Office made a decision about pressing charges after the sheriff completed the investigation
He’s the boss, so it’s his responsibility to put checks and procedures in place to ensure the safety of his crew.
GJOFJ3 · 61-69, M
@Vivaci great point
MalteseFalconPunch · 36-40, T
From what it sounds like the whole set was negligent and as he’s a producer and was constantly on set…yea it kinda feels like he’s responsible.
GJOFJ3 · 61-69, M
@MalteseFalconPunch I agree with this
Quimliqer · 61-69, MVIP
There’s standard gun safety that demands the person checks the weapon to ensure it’s unloaded, never point any weapon at anything unless they intend to kill.
He missed everything!!
eli1601 · 70-79, M
I'm having a hard time feeling sorry for him.
GJOFJ3 · 61-69, M
@eli1601 me too
SumKindaMunster · 51-55, M
@eli1601 Same. He clearly ran for the hills and his entire body of actions showed he was only interested in covering his own ass.
SumKindaMunster · 51-55, M
Yes, he should be charged. He was holding the gun when it discharged. He had to have pulled the trigger, despite his denials, and that will be his undoing. He will be proven a liar, and while I am uncertain if he will be convicted, it will definitely come out that he was responsible for this and involuntary manslaughter is exactly appropriate for his actions.
MarineBob · 56-60, M
He has been in enough movies that had firearms... Fry his ass
GJOFJ3 · 61-69, M
@MarineBob The most he will get if found guilty is 18 months in prison plus a fine
SumKindaMunster · 51-55, M
@GJOFJ3 ...and it will be a minimum security prison and he will get copious work release and other privileges that none of the other inmates have.
BohemianBoo · 18-21, M
It absolutely insane. Baldwin, like all actors on set, was relying on the experts to know what they were doing.
ninalanyon · 61-69, T
@BohemianBoo Without a proper protocol, relying on experts is not really enough. Compare the aviation industry. It isn't just the skill of the pilots that makes flying safe it is the relentless focus on safety and procedures.
BohemianBoo · 18-21, M
@ninalanyon Sure, but not every person on the plane is supposed to be an expert in everything. The air marshals aren't expected to fly the plane, they rely on the pilots for that.
ninalanyon · 61-69, T
@BohemianBoo Of course, my point is that the experts (the pilots) must not rely on expertise but on procedure. The expertise of the pilots is for the exceptional circumstances, the procedures help to ensure that exceptional circumstances do not occur except due to extreme outside forces.
iamonfire696 · 36-40, F
He’s definitely liable and it was negligent. He should be charged.
GJOFJ3 · 61-69, M
@iamonfire696 I agree. I know it was an accident but still negligent
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ninalanyon · 61-69, T
@redredred Hard to make a film while abiding by number 3.

Why was there live ammunition on the set in the first place? Aren't there standard protocols for how firearms are to be handled on set? I think it's very odd that the armourer appears not to have had an assistant to double check things. When I used to test big electrical machines it took two of us to guarantee that the machine was in a safe state before a technician would touch it to repair it. Then the technician would add their padlock to the first two so that it could not be powered up while they worked on it even if both I and the supervisor made a mistake. Then all three of us would have to remove our locks before I could continue testing.
redredred · M
@ninalanyon It’s easy to make a movie while following all four rules. Start by not using real guns capable of chambering a live round. There are several production companies serving the movie industry who can provide prop guns with blocked barrels and non-standard bores that real ammo won’t fit.

These aren’t actually guns but are props that look like guns.

One has to ask why the “Rent” set used real guns for any purpose.
ninalanyon · 61-69, T
@redredred [quote]One has to ask why the “Rent” set used real guns for any purpose.

Absolutely! Don't the film industry or the unions have any standards that apply to the use of firearms?

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