It is quite ironic that Hollywood Leftists would rail people for wanting to own firearms and yet will gleefully feature said firearms in their own movies, getting to play around with them as much as they want. It is this irony that brings the sad truth that, were Hollywood Leftists like Alec Baldwin at all knowledgeable of standard gun safety, two people would not have been shot on the set of the Western “Rust” last week, with one of them being fatally wounded.
Given the fake news media is full of fake news, there are many contradicting accounts and stories about it, usually to try and clear Baldwin of any blame whatsoever. But here is (roughly) what we know about the event so far:
There is also a report that Baldwin went on an anti-Trump rant while waving the gun, but that hasn’t been confirmed and is largely irrelevant to the story, even if true.
Two people were responsible for what happened last week: The armorer, for failing to do her most basic job and assuming she was just handing a cold gun (movie jargon for “safe”) to Baldwin, and Baldwin himself for the numerous reasons I just gave. But the most responsible one here is Baldwin, of course.
Again, he was not only the lead producer, but also the most experienced person there. The safety of himself and the crew rested on his shoulders and he routinely failed them, given there were multiple firing incidents prior to the one that took a young woman’s life.
He cut costs and combined two jobs which should not be combined, he failed to be responsible for clearing the gun after the person HE HIRED to ensure gun safety failed to do so as well, he failed to follow proper procedure to use either a rubber gun or something that is guaranteed to NOT kill anyone during rehearsal, and he failed to follow the most basic gun safety rule by aiming a gun at someone even if he thought it wasn’t loaded.
Absolute best case scenario for Baldwin here is that he is found to have been criminally negligent and slapped with such a charge, but more realistically, he might be charged with involuntary manslaughter, given the prior gun discharges on set and New Mexico’s laws regarding such a crime.
There are those who think we should feel bad for Baldwin here. I don’t. I feel bad for the woman he killed, seeing as she was in her early 40s and was a wife and a mother. I feel bad for the director who was also wounded by Baldwin because he had to go through that. But I don’t feel bad for Baldwin.
Obviously, I don’t think he meant to hurt, let alone kill, anyone here. But I have no obligation to feel bad for a guy who would make fun of a political opponent if they had done what he did. How do I know that he would make fun of such a person? Because he did.
Back in 2006, then-Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot his friend during a hunting trip (nonfatally). Baldwin wrote an entire HuffPost article in which he called Cheney a terrorist, who “terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately. Who ever thought Harry Whittington (Cheney’s friend) would be the answers to America’s prayers? Finally, someone who might get that lying, thieving Cheney into a courtroom to answer some direct questions.”
He also made a joke about Cheney shooting Scooter Libby: “Cheney’s the guy who told Libby to out Valerie Plame. The rumor I heard is that someone yelled, ‘Look out! Shooter!’ and Cheney thought he said Scooter and fired in that general direction.”
Following that, he offered a non-apology to Cheney: “How about something more measured, then? How about… a lying, thieving oil whore. Or, a murderer of the U.S. Constitution?”
Now, I don’t like Cheney at all either. But Baldwin consider(ed) Cheney to be a political opponent and had no mercy or decency when Cheney accidentally shot his friend. So why should he receive any mercy or decency for accidentally shooting two people and killing one of them? Why should we be at all sympathetic to him and consider him a VICTIM in this circumstance when it was his own ignorant negligence regarding any semblance of gun safety that claimed the life of one and could have claimed the life of another?
I feel bad for the woman he killed and the man he almost killed. But I feel nothing for Baldwin at all. He deserves to face the criminal consequences of his actions. He’s a killer, even if he didn’t want to be one. And I have no intention of being nice to him when he had no mercy for his own political opponent of the time.
Of course, I do hope he comes to learn from all of this and the possible consequences of his ignorance and negligence and thus comes to understand the importance of gun safety. I will always root for my enemies learning from their evil ways and coming to the light. I hate God’s enemies, but my enemies might not necessarily be God’s enemies. If Baldwin comes to the Lord following this, I will be very happy and shout God’s praise, and I do hope Baldwin does come to the Lord. But he is not owed mercy or grace, either for this or anything else.
I will particularly not be merciful if he refuses to come to God. Let him receive the punishment that is due him.
“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”
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