On April 11, 2021, Kim Potter was one of several police officers attempting to arrest Daunte Wright on an outstanding warrant for a firearms violation. He was also alleged to be in violation of a restraining order. Wright attempted to flee the scene in his car with a female passenger — otherwise known as a hostage. Officers wrestled with Wright to prevent him from fleeing.
Alec Baldwin Gun Mishap
Which Alec Baldwin are we to believe? The one who was seen doubled over after the incident and told us he had PTSD from the trauma of shooting and killing Hutchins? Or the one who now says he has no feelings of guilt and hopes we can discover the person responsible? Neither is believable. We need to rely on the facts and the testimony of those who witnessed the tragic shooting.
The difference is the venue. This was a Hollywood movie set (in New Mexico), not a standard situation such as you and I might find ourselves in. While Alec Baldwin is an experienced actor with many scenes of gunplay within his resume, he’s very much not a proper “gun guy”. I point that out because it’s paramount to the points made below about Hollywood safety protocols that do exist, and why they exist in the way they do.
Alec Baldwin did not have something happen to him. Alec Baldwin is not the victim here. PTSD is typically associated with someone dealing with their experience in combat. To claim Baldwin has PTSD is to minimize the meaning of PTSD. I am sure that Baldwin is traumatized by his involvement in the death of Halyna and the injuring of the movie’s director, Joel Souza. After all, he did pull the trigger.
In the movie industry, I dare say, it is those qualities of impulsiveness and improvisation that are rewarded, so it’s not unusual to find actors all showing signs of “epimetheanism” in their work. Picking up that “prop” gun – which is a real gun, despite the seemingly innocuous notion of it being a prop – with no foresight into the well-regarded discipline needed when handling a firearm, is thoughtless and negligent.