Alec Baldwin, charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, is facing criticism online after posting about gun control.
The actor, 64, shared a screenshot of a viral tweet from musician Peter Frampton following the shooting at Covenant School in Nashville this week, in which six victims and the shooter were killed.
“26 years ago, a gunman entered Dunblane Primary School in Scotland, killing 16 kids and a teacher,” the tweet read. “The UK govt responded by enacting tight gun control legislation. In the 9400+ days since, there have been a total of 0 school shootings in the UK.”
Baldwin reposted the tweet on Instagram without a caption, seemingly in support of gun control measures, but it prompted blowback from some in light of the actor’s ongoing legal troubles.
“Read the room Alec. You are unbelievable,” someone wrote.
Baldwin allegedly shot the “Rust” cinematographer on set when handed a prop gun with a live bullet.REUTERS
Baldwin reposted the viral tweet from Frampton.peterframpton/Twitter
“Kettle, pot,” snarked another, pointing out Baldwin’s seeming hypocrisy.
“Is the guy that killed someone with a gun, lecturing people on gun violence? Well I guess he has first hand knowledge,” commented one user.
“Reposted by the guy, who shot and killed a woman with a gun??!” cosigned one baffled commenter.
“Does anyone find it odd that Alec is posting on gun control ??” questioned another.
Baldwin was on set filming the American Western film “Rust” in 2021 when a prop gun was loaded with a live bullet for unknown reasons.
The actor allegedly fired the gun and the bullet struck Hutchins, who later succumbed to her injuries.
The “30 Rock” alum is on trial for manslaughter in New Mexico, where Hutchins was shot while on set, and he could face up to 18 months in prison if convicted.
Hutchins was fatally struck by a live bullet in a prop gun in October 2021.
Baldwin has maintained his innocence, pleading not guilty last month in court.
Despite the charges, he will still finish filming “Rust.”
Baldwin’s Instagram post followed the Nashville school shooting on Monday, when former student Audrey Hale, 28, stormed into the Christian academy.
Hale took the lives of three 9-year-old students – Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney – as well as custodian Mike Hill, 61, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, and school headmaster Katherine Koonce, 60.
Officers responding to the incident found Hale, with assault weapons and a handgun, on the school’s second floor and killed the shooter.
Upon searching Hale’s family’s home in the city, law enforcement found maps of the school and a manifesto.
The “30 Rock” star was charged with involuntary manslaughter after the on-set incident, meaning he could face a maximum of 18 months in prison.MJ Photos/Shutterstock
The tragedy reignited the debate over stricter gun laws in the US.
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden called for Congress to act, suggesting “an assault weapons ban.”