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Alec Baldwin’s Gun Proposals Will Not Make Hollywood Sets Safer

By Reason

Despite a tragic on-set death, there is no need to involve police officers in still more aspects of people’s lives.

In October, a tragedy occurred on the set of Rust, a Western film in production in New Mexico, when star Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun that he did not realize was loaded with live ammunition. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was wounded by the projectile.

Since then, Baldwin, who is also a producer on the film, has been cooperating with the police investigation of the incident, and production has shut down. However, in public statements regarding his role in the incident and what he feels could be done differently in the future, Baldwin’s ideas skew in the wrong direction.

Writing on his social media accounts Monday, Baldwin stated: “Every film/TV set that uses guns, fake or otherwise, should have a police officer on set, hired by the production, to specifically monitor weapons safety.” While some actors have committed to certain changes—Dwayne Johnson, for example, said he will only use rubber guns on film sets from now on—Baldwin’s suggestion is different: It is both unlikely to make a difference, and it could also set a poor precedent.

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