Baldwin case has many people at fault

Clayton Savoie, Reporter

On Oct. 21, 2021 Alec Baldwin was on set in New Mexico for one of his movies, Rust (currently in production, or was). 

Rust is/was an upcoming Western, and Western films usually have guns in them, so it was natural for Alec Baldwin to be practicing his gun movements before filming. Then he fired the gun, which was thought to be a prop. 

Turns out that wasn’t the case because it turned out to be real since it fired a real bullet. Baldwin ended up unintentionally killing Halyna Hutchins and injuring the director, who had to be sent to the hospital right away.

For some reason real guns were on set, and they didn’t go through proper procedures, so no one knew it was a real firearm. Assistant director Dave Halls gave Baldwin the pistol, not knowing himself it wasn’t a prop.

Recently it was revealed that Baldwin technically did “intentionally” fire the gun, according to Mamie Mitchell, script supervisor, who has now filed a lawsuit against both Baldwin and armorer Hanna Gutierrez-Reed, as well as the production company. Her claim is that, yes, Alec was going through his movements, but the scene they were about to shoot didn’t even require him to take out the gun.

Either way, even if it was a prop gun in the first place, the armorer should be the only one to hand an actor a weapon and nobody else. So there are definitely multiple people and reasons at fault.

The only reason I think Alec Baldwin should also be accused is because he didn’t check his own gun. If you yourself are dealing with a prop gun you should still check it yourself, and only trust yourself to check it correctly.

And then I think the assistant director is responsible as well because he didn’t even ask if the armorer checked it. He just assumed it was checked and handed it, which is never OK. And he shouldn’t have handed it over either way, since he isn’t the armorer. Only the armorer should hand actors prop guns.