Hollywood superstar Alec Baldwin gave his first interview since he fatally shot Halyna Hutchins while filming for his new film, “Rust.” During the interview conducted by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Baldwin claimed that “The trigger wasn’t pulled, I didn’t pull the trigger.”
Baldwin’s claims add a new dimension to a tragic situation, and many appear to be skeptical of Baldwin’s assertion.
When asked by Stephanopoulos, “You said you’re not a victim, but is this the worst thing that’s ever happened to you?” Baldwin replied by saying, “Yes… I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger, never.”
Baldwin’s interview has set off new rounds of speculation that the actor will face criminal charges for his negligence.
So far, authorities have been reluctant to give anything solid about what will happen. Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said in October when the shooting happened that, “If the facts and evidence and law support charges, then I will initiate prosecution at that time. I am a prosecutor that was elected in part because I do not make rash decisions and I do not rush to judgment.”
Many Americans have felt that Baldwin has gotten too much leniency considering the severity of what happened.
Some have even gone so far as to suggest that Baldwin’s status is protecting him. Many in the mainstream media are treating him like he is the victim when he is the perpetrator, criminal or not.
Baldwin’s claim that he didn’t pull the trigger seems questionable as the very nature of a gun requires the trigger to be pulled for a bullet to be fired. Baldwin may never have meant to pull the trigger, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t pull it. Portraying Baldwin as some kind of victim could arguably be seen as disrespectful to the real victim in this tragic situation.