'Didn't you kill someone?' Internet slams Alec Baldwin for gun control post amid Nashville school shooting
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Alec Baldwin has come under fire online for posting about gun control while being accused of involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 death of 'Rust' cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Following this week's shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, which left six people dead along with the perpetrator, the actor, 64, shared an image of a viral tweet from artist Peter Frampton.
In 2021, Baldwin was filming the American Western movie 'Rust' on location when a prop gun was unintentionally loaded with live ammunition. The actor allegedly pulled the trigger, and the bullet hit Hutchins, who eventually died from her wounds. Writer and director Joel Souza was also injured. The 'Nuremberg' alum is facing up to 18 months in prison if found guilty of manslaughter in New Mexico, where Hutchins was shot during filming, as per Page Six.
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What did Alec Baldwin say in the post?
Baldwin reshared a post, originally written on Twitter by musician Peter Frampton, which read: "26 years ago, a gunman entered Dunblane Primary School in Scotland, killing 16 kids and a teacher,” the tweet read. “The UK govt responded by enacting tight gun control legislation. In the 9400+ days since, there have been a total of 0 school shootings in the UK."
Baldwin reshared it without a caption on Instagram, but the post drew criticism because of the actor's inadvertent shooting of cinematographer Hutchins in October 2021.
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'This guy talking about gun control'
Internet users did not take the post happily amid the Nashville massacre and slammed Baldwin for his action. One Twitter user snarked, "This guy talking about gun control." A second user wrote, "And he's still free. Amazing. We're not a country anymore we're no better than Iran or Russia." A third person typed, "Why isn't this murderer locked up behind bars? Oh yes, he's an actor who is above the law." Another user wrote, "He’s the last guy who should be opening his mouth right now." "Funny coming from the guy who intentionally shot at a person on set," wrote another.
Followers of Baldwin's Instagram account also commented on his post. One wrote, "Kettle, pot," which indicates hypocrisy. A second person commented, "lmao... Alec, who actually murdered someone posting this is fkn hilarious!! It's a mental health problem, not a gun problem! If Alec had any firearm training, that poor mother/wife would be alive today!" Another Instagram comment read, "You have no right to talk about this issue. You murdered another human!!!!!!!"
This guy talking about gun control 🤣 pic.twitter.com/F0uraxoJtn— Steven VB 🦅🇺🇸🦅🇵🇫🇫🇷 (@vbislands) March 29, 2023
And he's still free. Amazing. We're not a country anymore we're no better than Iran or Russia.— theamerican1733 (@theamerican1733) March 29, 2023
Why isn't this murderer locked up behind bars? Oh yes, he's an actor who is above the law.— Franklin Nyack (@franklin_nyack) March 29, 2023
He’s the last guy who should be opening his mouth right now 😂— 🅿️ip Davis III (@PipDavis69420) March 29, 2023
Funny coming from the guy who intentionally shot at a person on set— Braxton Boyte (@braxtonboyte) March 30, 2023
What is the current status of the Baldwin-Hutchins trial?
After a string of defeats, the Santa Cruz district solicitor who had accused Baldwin of involuntary manslaughter resigned from the case. Kari Morrissey and Jason Lewis, two local attorneys, will take over as the First Judicial District Attorney, per a statement made by Mary Carmack-Altwies. With the news, Carmack-Altwies joins special prosecutor Andrea Reeb as the second prosecutor to withdraw from the case this year, per the Daily Mail.
More than a year after the fatal shooting, Carmack-Altiwes fiercely pursued Baldwin in January. She charged Baldwin with a severe firearm enhancement felony in addition to the negligent homicide allegation. If found guilty, the charge could have resulted in a five-year prison sentence for him. But, it wasn't signed into law until May 2022, which was six months after Baldwin fatally shot Hutchins on the set of the movie 'Rust'.
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