So Alec Baldwin killed a woman.
A little over four years after snarkily wondering aloud via the internet how it would feel to unlawfully kill someone, Alec now knows. Granted as an accident/negligence and not an OIS, but still either negligent homicide or manslaughter.
During either a rehearsal run or filming for the movie “Rust” Baldwin fired a prop-gun and something went wrong. It is not clear what specifically, if the prop failed, if it was loaded improperly, or anything else about the death and injury, but the prop expelled a projectile that killed the cinematographer and injured the director.
Somewhere someone failed to take proper account of safe practices and nobody, including Alec Baldwin, was double checking things prior action being called, resulting in death and injury.
Firearms are fun. Firearms are safe when used with care. But firearms, including functioning props, must be handled with respect and maintained for safe function. They must also be used within their prescribed use guidelines. If a steel plate shouldn’t be shot closer than 25 yards there is a reason. If a function prop should not be pointed at someone and fired at closer than 5 yards, there is also a reason. If a prop should be cleaned and inspected to be certain a build up or other failure does not induce a dangerous situation there is a reason.
Accidents happen, but this one was avoidable somewhere prior to Baldwin pulling the trigger.
NEWS FLASH: Converted Propellent Operated Props are Still Dangerous is written by Keith Finch for gatdaily.com