Halyna's Law: 14K sign petition urging Alec Baldwin to make Hollywood ban REAL guns
The Change.org petition came after the Hollywood star fired a gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza
A petition has been launched calling on Alec Baldwin to use his "power and influence" to stop Hollywood productions from using real guns on sets after the tragic fatal shooting on the set of his film 'Rust'.
The Change.org petition came after the 63-year-old Hollywood star — who is one of the producers of the movie — fired a gun that claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, who has since been released from the hospital. The petition was created by Bandar Albuliwi, a director who graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory, the same institution where Hutchins graduated.
"Halyna was a talented cinematographer and a good friend whose life was taken tragically due to a real firearm being used on set," Albuliwi said. "We need to make sure this never happens again. There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century. Real guns are no longer needed on film production sets. Change needs to happen before additional talented lives are lost."
At the time of writing, the petition has already been signed by more than 14,000 out of the requested 15,000 signatures. "On October 21st, 2021 we lost an unbelievably talented cinematographer on the film set of RUST, due to a 'real gun' being used and discharged during production. I am in shock and numb to my core," Albuliwi began, commemorating Hutchins. "A 'prop gun' loaded with 'blanks' was discharged during the filming of a scene, which tragically caused the death of Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins, and wounding Director Joel Souza."
"Halyna graduated from the AFI Conservatory in 2015 with an MFA in Cinematography. I graduated in 2010 with an MFA in Directing," Albuliwi noted. "Like everyone in the 'AFI Family', we all knew one another. It's a very small community of filmmakers, trying their hardest to get their 'big break' in the film industry after graduation. Halyna was named as an ASC "Rising Star Cinematographer" in 2019, and was finally entering the Hollywood film industry after hustling and shooting amazing content for half a decade."
"This isn't the early 90's when Brandon Lee was killed in the same manner," Albuliwi added, "Please sign this petition and demand for Alec Baldwin to use his power and influence in the Hollywood film industry to make a change. Tell him to promote 'Halyna's Law', which will ban the use of real firearms on set."
Baldwin addressed the incident in a two-part Twitter statement. "There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother, and deeply admired colleague of ours," the actor wrote. "I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna," he added.
1-— AlecBaldwin(HABF) (@AlecBaldwin) October 22, 2021
There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and
2- I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.— AlecBaldwin(HABF) (@AlecBaldwin) October 22, 2021