Thursday, October 28, 2021

Bang bang.

Hey...I know the Alec Baldwin/Rust thing has been hashed over...and over.
Now everyone involved is pointing fingers, trying to dump responsibility for the completely avoidable death on set.
As probably one of the only (or very few) gun guys (except for Barry Powell and Lyle Linares) all y'all will ever see on your feed, there are some lessons here.
The iron clad rule among gun folk is that....if anyone hands you a weapon and says it is "cold" or "unloaded", you never believe them. Not only that, you look down the barrel and make sure that there is nothing in the barrel....pistol, rifle, shotgun...doesn't matter.
If you don't know how to open the weapon, ask.
Trust, but verify.
Brandon Lee was killed....not from a live round as seems to have happened last week....but by a fragment in the barrel left by a previous discharge.
Anyone hands you a weapon....even your best friend, dad, mom, boss.....you check.
Not to doubt them....but shit happens.
If there are rounds visible...you take them out and check to make sure they are blanks or whatever they are supposed to be.
You can not only kill someone in front of you, but you can kill yourself.
You can shoot your balls off. It happens all the time.
Even if there are no rounds in whatever chamber, you still look down the barrel.
It is like passing a knife in the kitchen: all of us would agree that you never hand anyone a knife blade first.
It is not polite, and is not safe.
Anyone from that set who tries to pass blame downhill is an asshole.
Never, ever, ever take a weapon from anyone whoever without checking yourself to make sure it is safe.
And.....even so....never, ever, ever point a weapon at anyone you don't want to actually kill.
Right now.
Gun folk take a lot of heat for being retro assholes.
No one I know involved in guns would ever have accepted a weapon and pointed it at a human or animal without checking to make it safe.
Drunk or sober.
So...fuck a whole lot of Alec Baldwin.

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