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.

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BobF · April 29, 2022 at 1:05 pm

Oh, but doncha know those Hollywood types have special rules — they can get out of almost anything. To them fantasy is reality and reality is fantasy. I’m still waiting.

Jonathan · April 29, 2022 at 1:52 pm

I can see that CA may have special rules for movie liability – I haven’t seen any documentation of them, let alone other states going along with them…

I’m skeptical of the claims I’ve seen since they don’t come from a lawyer, and DO come from someone who acts like an expert in every field…

If Baldwin doesn’t face punishment for this, we’ll have confirmation there are 2 sets of rules.

TNfltsafetyguy · April 29, 2022 at 4:36 pm

Watch attorney Andrew Branca’s incredibly comprehensive vid re. this event. Clearly, under NM state law, Baldwin’s guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Includes vid of investigators’ interview + legal advise that could just possibly keep an intelligent person from rotting away in jail. Here’s the vid:

Danny · April 29, 2022 at 7:42 pm

He pointed a loaded revolver at another person and then pulled the trigger. That is murder … sure go ahead and call it involuntary or whatever … it is cold blooded killing. If you believe otherwise, then you are living in an alternate reality.

EN2 SS · April 29, 2022 at 8:19 pm

I don’t f-ing care. Nutso had the gun, pointed it at a person, pulled the hammer back, pulled the trigger. He murdered another person and I don’t give a crap what nutso posters think about “it’s someone else’s responsibility to check the gun.” F them and the horses they rode in on.

Totally Not Aesop · April 30, 2022 at 11:55 pm

Considering your original position was with your head up your fourth point of contact, the fact that you nonetheless managed to stomp all over your wedding tackle, in cleats, is impressive. But the conceit that you are somehow owed an apology or correction is entirely recockulous.

    Divemedic · May 1, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Look at who has a reading comprehension problem.

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