Editorial: Texas needs to watch, learn from the deadly Alec Baldwin shooting on film set

Editorial: Texas needs to watch, learn from the deadly Alec Baldwin shooting on film set

In this Sept. 21, 2015, file photo, actor Alec Baldwin attends a news conference at United Nations headquarters. Experts predict a tremendous legal fallout after Baldwin pulled the trigger on a prop gun while filming “Rust” in New Mexico and unwittingly killed a cinematographer and injured a director. Vexing questions remain about what actually happened Oct. 21 on the set of a movie being made near Santa Fe, N.M., when an antique Colt .45 discharged as it was being used as a prop by actor Alec Baldwin during rehearsal of a scene. A projectile from the revolver struck and killed Halyna Hutchins, director of photography on the movie, a Western called “Rust.” Joel Souza, the director, was standing beside Hutchins and was injured. The tragic incident prompted understandable anguish on the part of all who knew the 42-year-old Hutchins, a highly regarded cinematographer, as well as a wife and mother. Ongoing police investigations are asking how a gun that was declared “cold” — that is, safe to fire — as it was handed to Baldwin could have killed someone. What happened on a New Mexico movie set also should prompt serious soul-searching far beyond the movie industry. We have in mind those among us who don’t take firearms seriously enough. Texas elected officials, careless in their Second Amendment convictions and craven in their kowtowing to gun-rights zealots, come to mind immediately. Similar accidents on movie sets have happened before, although they are rare, thanks in large part to strict […]

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