Alec Baldwin speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International, for "The Boss Baby", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. / Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Update: Actor Alec Baldwin has deleted his Twitter account following the ABC interview this article references. Baldwin received unending criticism for the shooting itself and his comments from the interview. It is important to note that this is not the first time Baldwin has deleted his Twitter account, Baldwin previously deleted his Twitter account after a major controversy revolving around his wife’s heritage.

Hollywood Actor Alec Baldwin made the claim that he did not pull the trigger in the fatal shooting that ended the life of Hylana Hutchins on the set of “Rust”. Alec Baldwin made this claim during a promo for his upcoming ABC interview, the full interview will air Thursday night, with George Stephanopoulos.

Alec Baldwin was involved in an accidental shooting during the filming of his upcoming movie “Rust”. The shooting killed one woman, Hylana Hutchins, and wounded another man. Blame was thrown around the set to certain crew members, to the set’s armorer, and Alec Baldwin himself. Alec Baldwin is attempting to blame no one if his remark about not pulling the trigger is the extend of his comments on the incident in the interview.

What Alec Baldwin may be trying to do with this comment is blame the gun itself. That would be the typical Hollywood play, blame everyone but yourself. We will have to wait for the full interview to drop before we can really get into that though.

As for the claim itself, “I didn’t pull the trigger”, this is a real possibility. It is possible that the gun Baldwin was holding was somehow damaged and fired without his having to pull the trigger, while unlikely it is possible. Revolvers, when you don’t take care of them, can be finicky. That being said, this is a very unlikely scenario and this is likely a PR move by Baldwin and his team of lawyers.

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W. McCaslin
8 months ago

If he was holding the pistol an touched the trigger, its his fault period, seldom do S/A pistols malfuntion

Stephen Weiss
8 months ago
Reply to  W. McCaslin

two intentional act.s.1.) cock the hammer..2.) pull the trigger……..otherwise the gun does not fire.

Steve
Steve
8 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Weiss

Not quite correct. On older revolvers a pistol may fire when during the cocking of the hammer it is not pulled fully back and released. It will drop and fire. Modern pistols have a transfer bar that will prevent this.

Ron Matthews
Ron Matthews
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve

That would have been caught in a simple function test by the armorer. A far more likely problem would be a malfunctioning hammer spring, causing the firearm to fail to fire at all. Under the last person who could have prevented the discharge is responsible Alec Baldwin is now and forever shall be the responsible party. Stop lying Alec.

Grayshadow95
Grayshadow95
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve

You are not entirely correct either, all single action revolvers (both old and new) have a half-cock safety notch that captures the trigger sear for loading and removing spent casings, it prevents the trigger from being pulled. You have to pull the hammer further back, then pull the trigger to fire or lower it down slowly, usually on an empty cylinder, to carry it loaded. Most people that use them only load 5 rounds when carrying. (Even the old time cowboys did this.) It will also capture the trigger sear if the hammer is released before reaching full cock if the trigger isn’t pulled. That is, as long as it isn’t broken. But, if the hammer slips from the thumb before reaching the full cock position the hammer can not hit the primer because the cylinder will not have rotated far enough to bring it in-line with the firing pin.
Also, the transfer bar system was added as a safety feature so that if the gun was not cocked, a round was under the hammer, and the gun was dropped on a hard surface, it could fire if the hammer hit first.

Thomas Jordan
8 months ago
Reply to  W. McCaslin

You never point a gun at anyone unless you intend to shoot. Basic training. Why did he point it at anyone that was not even in the movie. Jerk! Why does Hollywood need to use real guns too?

Ron Matthews
Ron Matthews
6 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Jordan

Try firing a blank, emitting smoke etc. in a plastic non-gun. Done properly, following the safety rules it is completely safe.

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
8 months ago

No doubt at the urging of whichever Ambulance Chaser he retained.
The gun was a Single Action Army, which requires the user to cock the hammer before pulling the trigger. Baldwin would have to perform all three operation for the gun too fire. Cocking it, pointing it and pulling the trigger.
Yeah Baldwin, pull the other leg. You done Fecked up Boyo.

Stephen Weiss
8 months ago

wow, shoot somebody, and then try and say the gun you held & pointed at somebody, somehow, amazingly fired itself without human intervention……..probably a Republican gun, huh Baldwin?

Good Luck luck
8 months ago

And i suppose he did not point the gun at someone either . The gun goes off by its self and finds the nearest person to kill . The bullet has a heat sensor . Baldwin will always say it was not his fault, he did not pull the trigger, he did not point the gun and most likely the gun was not in his hand .

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
8 months ago

Revolvers have hammers and are manufactured to fire either of two ways, double action or single action. Double action revolvers may be fired by pulling the trigger with about 5 to 8 pounds of force, a motion that that cocks and drops the hammer, firing one round.

A shooter also may use a thumb to manually cock the hammer on a double action revolver where it remains until the trigger is pulled, usually with less force. This motion is called single action. A double action revolver has a longer trigger pull.  Some revolvers are single action only and must always be manually cocked.

I noticed in one of the photos that the trigger was resting very near the back of the trigger guard while the hammer was resting un-cocked against the back of the frame. That would suggest this was a single action revolver that won’t fire unless first cocked with the shooter’s thumb. The caption did not indicate that it was the revolver used in this crime.

I’m sure the investigators know far more than I do and more than most of the readers here. But it never hurts to keep a sharp public eye on writers, especially when Hollywood celebrities are involved. If the subject revolver is single action only, the shooter would have had to cock it first then pull the trigger to make it fire. Two physical actions would seem to make it more deliberate than one physical action.

Steve
Steve
8 months ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

Not quite correct. On older revolvers a pistol may fire when during the cocking of the hammer it is not pulled fully back and released. It will drop and fire. Modern pistols have a transfer bar that will prevent this.

Ron Matthews
Ron Matthews
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Only if the trigger mechanism is in fact broken and/or missing the half cock notch. The armorer would have caught this, so you can forget that as a cause. Police forensics would catch this when the firearm was test fired for ballistic identification as well.

Stephen Weiss
6 months ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

the gun involved was apparently made by an Italian Manufacture named Uberti , and it was a replica of a Colt Single Action Army Revolver in 45 Long Colt caliber.
It has to be manually “cocked” in order to fire the gun…meaning the guns hammer must be pulled far enough back that the main spring has enough energy imparted to the hammer to drive it forward, and in turn have the firing pin strike the cartridges primer igniting the gun powder….if you don’t do that, you can pull the trigger until the cows come home, and the gun won’t fire…….it does have a safety NOTCH in the hammer, that is designed to catch the hammer and prevent it from falling if one’s thumb slips off the hammer while cocking it….is it possible the safety notch failed, and the gun fired without pulling the trigger?….maybe…unlikely, but maybe somebody messed with the guns action.

But it would not be difficult to test the gun to see if that could be repeated….nevertheless, cocking a gun while pointing it at someone is certainly negligent…..why?. BECAUSE if your thumb DID slip off the hammer, and the safety notch failed to catch the hammer, then the gun would go BANG!

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
8 months ago

Naturally, my comment was censored again.

Michael Bluemke
8 months ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

They do the same thing to me!!! This site must have started leaning left!!!

Dale Toney
Dale Toney
8 months ago

Who cocked the hammer? Somebody had to or he could have squeezed the trigger all day long, and it still wouldn’t have fired.

lbrac
lbrac
8 months ago

He couldn’t’ve pulled the trigger; the gun didn’t have one… or a hammer! The trauma of seeing all that real blood and gore must have blocked his, and all the rest of the crew’s, brain from realizing what else could have happened, instead of the obvious.

Someone else could have shot them from a distance, that might explain why no one noticed that someone else could have done it. Maybe there was a sniper scene for a different movie being shot on a not too nearby set. The sniper could have been using one of those scary fully semi-automatic military style guns. That could explain how the bullet was powerful enough to go through the woman and into the man behind her. But a scary military-style rifle doesn’t use a .45 caliber bullet. Oh, the horror!

Purple heart
Purple heart
8 months ago
Reply to  lbrac

45 long colt round is very powerful !

Ron Matthews
Ron Matthews
8 months ago
Reply to  Purple heart

O have three 45 Colt Rugers, 255 grain bullet at approx 1100 to 1200 fps in a 5,5 inch barrel. Lots of penetration. I also have a Marlin lever action in the same caliber.

Arjay
Arjay
8 months ago
Reply to  lbrac

I vote that you win the internet today!

C Shupe
C Shupe
8 months ago

The moron now says he pulled the hammer back and then let it go, and SUPRISE! it fired the fatal round. A man with no understanding how a gun works pointed a loaded weapon at a friend’s face.

Purple heart
Purple heart
8 months ago
Reply to  C Shupe

How much bull crap is that, pulled hammer back and slipped and fired if he pulled it to half cock it could not have fired , I will test this theory on my new model ruger blackhawk 45 convertible .Will report back later

Steve
Steve
8 months ago
Reply to  Purple heart

Not quite correct. On older revolvers a pistol may fire when during the cocking of the hammer it is not pulled fully back and released. It will drop and fire. Modern pistols have a transfer bar that will prevent this.

Stephen Weiss
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve

not quite correct…even the original old Colt Single action Army revolvers had a SAFETY NOTCH in the Hammer, to prevent the gun from firing , that’s the second CLICK when you pull the hammer back…old Ruger’s had the same mechanism, New ones with the transfer bar do not….so assuming the gun was not broken, and his thumb slipped whilst pulling back the hammer THE GUN STILL SHOULD NOT HAVE FIRED since the safety notch would have caught the hammer and prevented it from allowing the firing pin to strike the cartridges primer.

Ron Matthews
Ron Matthews
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Non-transfer bar also have a half cock sear to prevent this very thing.

Arjay
Arjay
8 months ago
Reply to  C Shupe

Does that mean it was a FRIENDLY murder??

Patrick
8 months ago
Reply to  C Shupe

Agree, he could see what happens by placing a live round in a vice grip and just lightly tap the center using a screw driver and a hammer. But take into consideration that he is a Hollywood liberal and that explains everything.

Les Fortunate
Les Fortunate
8 months ago

It’s plausible that the Waukesha SUV was to blame as it already has a criminal history and was the assault weapon already once blamed .

Purple heart
Purple heart
8 months ago

It’s impossible to fire a long colt single action revolver without pulling trigger, unless there is a live round under the hammer and you drop the gun and it lands on hammer. Also hammer has to be cooked all the to rear to be able to pull trigger. This thing stinks to high heavens. Was he handed a fully cooked weapon was it laying on table fully cooked. Baldwin the anti gun duffus he is should have made sure gun was safe. Most kids in the south is taught that all guns are loaded.

Steve
Steve
8 months ago
Reply to  Purple heart

Not quite correct. On older revolvers a pistol may fire when during the cocking of the hammer it is not pulled fully back and released. It will drop and fire. Modern pistols have a transfer bar that will prevent this.

Jawad
Jawad
8 months ago

Well, now it’s: (1) The pistol just up and shot itself; (2) The Devil made me do it. Narcissism takes many forms, but this takes the cake.

Michael Bluemke
8 months ago

Oh come on man, admit you made a mistake by NOT checking the weapon YOURSELF!!! I believe you would be charged with manslaughter and assault with deadly weapon!!! I never liked ANY of the baldwins, they are egotistical
their movies SUCK, and they think their shit don’t stink!!! You need to stand up and take your punishment, and stop with the FAKE TEARS, the majority of AMERICANS believe you are guilty of murder!!! Try hard to be a man, take your punishment!!! Jerk!!!

Car
Car
8 months ago

Hey Baldwin, what goes around comes around. You thought making fun of President Trump was funny but now no one is laughing.

Arjay
Arjay
8 months ago

It’s not the gun, you freaking id10t. It’s the id10t HOLDING the gun, you stupid fool!

Terry Story
Terry Story
8 months ago

It was incredibly careless handling of the gun by all involved and that includes Baldwin, and he will have to live with that for the rest of his life. There is never any excuse for the muzzle mismanagement that Alec Baldwin and his armorer along with all of the others that are involved in that production to have made that kind of error in handling a firearm, and there is no amount of blame avoidance that will change the terrible mistake that they all made. Snuffed the life out of a Mother, Wife, and valued artisan through gross negligence. Sad that it cost a life, and it isn’t the only time that it has happened, but any time there is that much negligent behavior on a movie for heavens sake, it should be dealt with pretty harshly to let Hollywood know that it is not acceptable to have incompetence that is so blatantly allowed where there is clear danger possible. Of course that is not the only life threatening thing that happens on movie sets, but it is certainly one of the more important.

Patrick
8 months ago

He is a Liberal Democrat and that is what they do. Never admit wrong, redirect any wrong doing somewhere else, turn things around and blame the accuser or innocent 3rd party. Whatever happened to “The devil made me do it”.

Patrick
8 months ago

My money is on the fact that he will not spend a night in jail. As a lifelong Progressive Liberal he holds the coveted Stay Out of Jail free card. When is the last time a Liberal Democrat has been held accountable for any crime they commit?

Ateve
Ateve
8 months ago

With that pistol you don’t need to pull the trigger to fire it. Pull t he hammer to nearly cocked position then release it. The hammer will fly forward and fire the cartridge. He still didn’t check to see if it was loaded and you should never point at anything you don’t want to shoot. He’s still negligent and should be charged with negligent homicide or at least manslaughter!

Ron Matthews
Ron Matthews
6 months ago
Reply to  Ateve

Not true, again you ignore the half cock safety notch (sear) that has been on such peacemakers since they were first introduced: Until modern transfer bar systems became popular.

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
8 months ago

Even if the gun had a hair trigger, Baldwin cocked the gun.

Todd
Todd
7 months ago

Before Hylana Hutchins, was buried, I certainly do hope that they would have performed a Pregnancy Test. I mean I could see Alec Baldwin, screwing around on set and then she comes back to him and tells him that he’s going to be a father again. With what little bit of Glamour he still has, he probably can’t afford another mouth to feed so he finds a Excuse on why it doesn’t matter.

Chris
6 months ago

Ummm OK maybe about the pulling of the trigger…that is a very very remote maybe. But with a SAA he had to COCK the thing to begin with – intentional ACT

Gail
6 months ago

I keep wondering if Hylana Hutchins was a Republican!

Husky
Husky
6 months ago

The biggest question is WHY was live ammunition on the set ?

George
George
6 months ago

Only in Hollywood do the dead come back to life and the Revolver with out the hammer being PULLED back and The trigger being pulled. go bang. I will need mire space to cover single action and double action differences .This why ALL those people that try to make gun laws don’t have a clue about a gun operation.

Lou
Lou
6 months ago

I hope they charge him with murder. He’s an asshole that deserves it…..

Lou
Lou
6 months ago

Must be a democrat, always blame someone else

David G.
David G.
6 months ago

Who brought deadly ammo to a movie set,
who held the gun that shot the live round, and who didn’t check and recheck for safety?!! Baldwin was the main boss, he has the most responsibility, period!!

Richard N
Richard N
6 months ago

Folks, first for the time period of the movie this was a single action REVOLVER. A revolver is NOT a pistol, a semi-automatic pistol. A REVOLVER is not a PISTOL and a PISTOL is not a REVOLVER.

A.G. Phillbin
A.G. Phillbin
6 months ago

Besides the details regarding the type of weapon involved (which makes it unlikely that it wasn’t deliberately fired), is anyone asking exactly why live rounds, and not blanks, were on a movie set? Why would that ever be acceptable? Also, how does a person not see that live rounds have been loaded into a revolver?

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