Who’s at fault?
There seems to be a lot of discussion about who loaded the pistol, who had custody of the weapon, who told Baldwin it was a “cold gun,” and who handed it to the actor.
In my humble opinion, none of this matters.
It’s all about who pulled the trigger.
What’s the very first thing any of us do when someone hands us a firearm? We check to make sure it’s not loaded. It’s a practice ingrained in us since we were children.
If Baldwin was the safe gun handler his cameraman described, he would have done the same, and he would have discovered that the weapon contained at least one live round.
Furthermore, no safe gun handler whom I’ve ever known would actually point a firearm at someone and pull the trigger, unless they intended to use deadly force. The four fundamental rules of firearm safety apply to movie sets, too. Hollywood actors don’t get a pass or another take when they violate firearm safety rules.
In my humble opinion, rather than focusing on the armorer, assistant directors or other support personnel, the blame lies with the end user.
Ultimately, Baldwin pointed a real firearm at another person and pulled the trigger. It doesn’t matter who was responsible for the weapon, who told him it wasn’t loaded or who handed him the gun.
In other words, Baldwin committed a reckless act that resulted in death. I’m pretty sure there’s a legal term for that.