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Gun supervisor for ‘Rust’ movie gets 18 months in prison for fatal shooting by Alec Baldwin on set

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She is a convicted felon now. That will ruin her life and she will never work with firearms again. She will have difficulty getting any normal job for the rest of her life. She will likely find a boyfriend, get married and become a stay at home mom. Nothing wrong with that, but it probably wasn't her life plan.

Baldwin definitely used poor judgement and likely set an improper tone for safe use of firearms all over the set. He probably either ignored or used pressure of his position to have lax safety on the project.

Target practice during lunch? Really? If the firearms are her responsibility, then she should have had them locked up and only used under her direct supervision. It is easy to say that now. Nobody here was there at the time.

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I don't see where it says Baldwin hired her. Or did he hire someone that hired someone else that hired her?

Not sure if that makes him responsible. Would think the fact that he fired the gun would be the bigger issue.

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Baldwin hired the inexperienced armorer to save money. Baldwin was the one in ultimate control of the set. He allowed consciously or by omitting of proper oversight live rounds on set.

He was the one that was so cheap and the set considered so unsafe that several crew members considered quitting.

This is gross negligence and I believes it amounts to criminal liability.

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If Baldwin has authority then he is responsible if he knew the staff were using live rounds on location.

He should have disallowed presence and use of live bullets on the workplace.

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He IS next. It's in the article. But he should not be held responsible. There was one person responsible. She was hired for exactly this purpose - to manage prop weapons.

Agree. It was her job, and her job alone, to make sure it was safe. She is the gun expert, not Baldwin. That’s why she was hired.

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Alec Baldwin should be next. It was his set and his production.

He IS next. It's in the article. But he should not be held responsible. There was one person responsible. She was hired for exactly this purpose - to manage prop weapons.

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I'm surprised at the length of her sentence... It doesn't seem more negligent than a DUI or the unfortunately common scenario of distracted drivers killing pedestrians and cyclists. A car can be just as dangerous as a loaded gun.

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3RENSHOToday 12:54 pm JST

The reason that live rounds were present on the set was because the guns were used for target practice by the production crew during their lunch breaks...

Yeah, the person authorizing that also needs to be brought up on charges.

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The reason that live rounds were present on the set was because the guns were used for target practice by the production crew during their lunch breaks...

Who then allowed this gun mania and absurd lapse of security on the set?

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The reason that live rounds were present on the set was because the guns were used for target practice by the production crew during their lunch breaks...

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A key question nobody seems to be asking is, why would live rounds be found on a movie-set for a make-believe shooting? Seems more like someone with malice aforethought and a nefarious purpose was lurking somewhere on the set to cause mischief and mayhem.

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Seems pretty light but I'm sure the civil personalities will be very onerous.

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Good she was criminally negligent. And someone died because of her incompetence.

Alec Baldwin should be next. It was his set and his production.

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1glennToday 08:38 am JST

How does one mistake a live round for a dummy round?

One doesn't take it out of the gun and shake it? Of course, much more reliable is if live rounds don't come with several miles of the dummy rounds.

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This was to be expected. 18 months (and potentially out in 12 with good behavior) is not that bad, I would have estimated at least 3 years. Fact is, one person died because of others' incompetence - ultimately there is no way to avoid this individual responsibility regardless of working conditions, etc. .

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How does one mistake a live round for a dummy round?

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