Baldwin shooting reignites gun control debate

Baldwin shooting reignites gun control debate

A colleague pays tribute to the late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Oct 24 in Burbank, California. [CHRIS PIZZELLO/ASSOCIATED PRESS] Alec Baldwin’s tears of sorrow have been witnessed by a nation following the actor’s accidental fatal shooting of a colleague on the set of his latest movie, and that same nation has been brought to a fresh reckoning on gun control by the tragedy. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, died when Baldwin fired a Colt .45 loaded with a real bullet during a rehearsal in New Mexico on Oct 21. Joel Souza, director of the Western Rust, was also wounded. Baldwin had been told by the film’s assistant director that the gun was “cold”´╝Źmeaning it did not have a live round in the chamber. The actor was photographed in tears outside a police station during the events that followed the shooting. The accident, which is still under investigation, has prompted calls for a ban on the use of real guns in the filming of TV shows and movies in the United States. Famous for imitating former US president Donald Trump, Baldwin described the fatal shooting on the film set as a “one in a trillion episode”, and he also said he supports limits on the use of real guns during filming. Against this backdrop, the US Supreme Court last week appeared ready to strike down a restrictive New York gun permitting law, but the justices also seemed worried about issuing a broad ruling that could threaten gun restrictions in places such […]

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