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Anti-gun advocate Alec Baldwin’s ironic firearm accident

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Hollywood star Alec Baldwin, ironically a staunch anti-gun activist, recently made the headlines for accidentally misfiring a loaded prop gun. He was practicing for his scenes on the upcoming Western film “Rust,” when the weapon went off. Movie director Joel Souza, was shot on the shoulder and director of photography Halyna Hutchins, was killed during the film rehearsal at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe. 

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna,” Baldwin stated on twitter.

Serge Svetnoy, the head electrician/gaffer of the movie, blamed the tragedy on “the person who was supposed to check the weapon on the site,” emphasizing that “the person who should have checked this weapon before bringing it to the set did not do it.” Svetnoy criticized the lack of professionalism that sparked the unfortunate mishap.

“I understand that you always fight for the budget, but you cannot allow this to happen. There should always be at least one professional in each department who knows the job. It is an absolute must to avoid such a tragedy, like the tragedy with Halyna,” he stated. 

Over the weekend, a petition was launched on change.org urging the entire film industry to put an end to the use of real guns in movie sets. Film-making has evolved to unprecedented levels in the past few decades and the utilization of computers to generate realistic effects in post-production is an option available to any movie outfit.

“There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century. This isn’t the early 90′s, when Brandon Lee was killed in the same manner. Change needs to happen before additional talented lives are lost,” the petition stated, referring to Bruce Lee’s son, who died in 1993 in an eerily similar way.

Craig Zobel, the director of Kate Winslet-starred drama “Mare of Easttown,” believes that the unnecessary use of real guns for filmmaking should be banned. 

“There’s no reason to have guns loaded with blanks or anything on set anymore. Should just be fully outlawed. There’s computers now. The gunshots on ‘Mare of Easttown’ are all digital. You can probably tell, but who cares? It’s an unnecessary risk,” Zobel said on twitter.

In response to the firing accident, Hollywood weapons expert Bryan Carpenter stated that Baldwin violated the most important rule of gun safety. Even in a movie set, “you never let the muzzle of a weapon cover something you don’t intend to destroy,” Carpenter said.

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