Alec Baldwin may want to lay even lower if he’s still in Vermont.
The leader of a pro-gun group in the state where Baldwin is thought to be hiding out has publicly blamed the “Hollywood hypocrite” for his deadly on-set shooting — saying the star “broke every single rule of basic firearm safety that exists.”
Eric Davis, president of Gun Owners of Vermont, penned a scathing op-ed that ran in the Vermont Daily Chronicle on Wednesday — hours before photos emerged of Baldwin hiding out in the Green Mountain State.
He ripped Baldwin for “mismanagement,” “hubris” and not taking “individual accountability” for accidentally shooting dead his cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, 42, on the New Mexico set of his movie “Rust” last Thursday.
“It was AFTER he was given a loaded firearm, from a questionable armorer under HIS supervision, whom he did NOT personally watch load the weapon, that he deliberately pointed a firearm at two people (presumably holding the camera) and pulled the trigger,” Davis wrote.
He then listed four basic safety rules Baldwin, 63, appeared to have broken — all ones that are “the very first thing one learns in an NRA safety class,” he wrote.
They included failing to treat the weapon as if it were loaded, aiming at something he “was not willing to destroy” and also putting his finger on the trigger.
“His finger never should have been anywhere near the trigger if there were people in front of that gun. Period,” he said, insisting it applied even if the script called for it.
“And finally, Alec Baldwin broke rule number four when he failed to identify his target and what was behind it,” he said of the shot that killed Hutchins and also injured “Rust” director Joel Souza.
“If there is a scene which requires filming the firing of a gun from in front of the weapon, the technology exists to do so without placing people in front of the muzzle and while still allowing the actor to aim and fire without putting people at risk,” he wrote.
Davis acknowledged alarming reports of “mistakes made by an inexperienced armorer” — but he also blamed the tragedy on “mismanagement at the top,” with Baldwin “the boss.”
“Alec Baldwin’s hubris directly contributed to the chain of mistakes which ultimately culminated in him shooting a young mother,” he wrote in the local paper.
“And it was on full display afterwards when he immediately and predictably blamed everything but himself,” the gun-rights campaigner insisted.
“Yes, the armorer screwed up bad and should also be held accountable for their negligence.
“That does not change the fact that this was still a preventable accident if only the anti-gun, Hollywood hypocrite of a boss would have taken an ounce of personal responsibility at any step of this process, not the least of which would have been to practice some simple muzzle and trigger discipline – ironically, the very first thing one learns in an NRA safety class,” he wrote.
Officials have refused to rule out charges against Baldwin, confirming that Baldwin is “an active part of this investigation.”
Baldwin has insisted he is “fully cooperating with the police investigation” into the shooting, in a message in which he also said his “heart is broken” for Hutchins’ husband and son.
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” Baldwin said.