Reports have emerged that charges against actor Alec Baldwin for the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the filming of the movie ‘Rust’ have been dropped. Baldwin was originally charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter for the incident, which occurred in October 2021, when he accidentally fired a gun while practicing a cross-draw, causing Hutchins’ death and injury to director Joel Souza. Despite the tragedy, Baldwin will reportedly face no legal consequences, leaving many frustrated.
Baldwin’s attorneys, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro expressed their satisfaction with the decision to dismiss the charges against their client, calling for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident. Baldwin himself has previously denied responsibility for the shooting, absolving himself of any blame. However, many argue that his actions were the direct cause of Hutchins’ death and that proper gun safety protocols were not followed on the set of the movie.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer for the film, was also charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in relation to the incident. However, in late February, gun enhancement charges against both Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed were dropped.
The decision not to hold Baldwin accountable for his actions has been criticized by some, who argue that it is an example of “liberal privilege.” While gun safety is an important issue for many, some believe that the left’s demonization of the National Rifle Association (NRA) has led to a lack of adherence to proper safety protocols on movie sets. In this case, they argue, Baldwin’s recklessness was compounded by a lack of proper safety measures, resulting in a tragedy that could have been prevented. Ultimately, it seems that Halyna Hutchins’ family may not receive the justice they deserve.