The sheriff’s office in Santa Fe has released a video showing that not only did Alec Baldwin point a firearm at his camerawoman, he had his finger on the trigger when he did it. The raw footage from the day of the incident shows Baldwin practicing his draw. He draws multiple times with his finger on the trigger, and at 2:34, you can see him thumb the hammer back and pull the trigger. (hat tip to Emily Post)
I don’t expect that this will cause any Greek philosophers to admit they were wrong, but this seems to prove that my initial position was correct:
Alec Baldwin took a firearm that he didn’t bother to check to see if it was loaded, pointed it at someone, and pulled the trigger. These acts resulted in the death of another person. This makes that person’s death the result of his (and possibly others’) negligence. Her death, her blood, is on his hands. Saying that “he wasn’t trained” doesn’t absolve him of his responsibility for what happened, any more than it would absolve him if he crashed a plane he was flying without first receiving pilot training.