Actor, known for his portrayal of President Trump on Saturday Night Live, says the issue is too important to avoid
Alec Baldwin, the actor well known for his impression of the president, has spoken out about the issue of gun control following the shooting that left one woman dead on the set of his TV series Saturday Night Live.
Halyna Hutchins, a casting assistant, was killed on Tuesday by a gun hired for the show. While NBC would not confirm the name of the production company who hired the assailant, it is widely reported to be Lynda Productions.
“No matter how ridiculous the complaints about me being on SNL seem, no matter how many gun sales I help sell, no matter how many tax breaks I help take away from the people of New York, let me be absolutely clear: I will always speak out on the issue of gun violence. Gun control is an issue that matters to me. And it is too important to me to sit back quietly and not speak out and say something,” Baldwin said.
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Baldwin added that politicians had previously ignored issues around guns in the past but now there was an opportunity. “There is a real chance to do something,” he said. “Something that is smart, that is fair, that respects the rights of citizens to be able to protect themselves.”
On Wednesday, host Pete Davidson dressed up as Baldwin and was carrying a replica gun as a protest against gun violence in Hollywood and elsewhere.
On Saturday, Celebrities including John Oliver, Kristen Bell and Chelsea Handler led a Twitter campaign urging politicians to address gun control.
John Oliver (@oliverjim) This is frightening to know that politicians actually believe this shit. https://t.co/Q3z7bz5Mv7
Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) YES, politicians. Please do something. #zerotolerance #action4universal #guncontrol https://t.co/NasYRq7O2w
Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) Gun violence is real and it’s time for EVERYONE in congress to start talking about it. #Guns https://t.co/NJgSuYKvJI
Saturday Night Live castmember Kate McKinnon said in a video posted on Twitter that politicians must face up to their failings. “There’s literally nothing they can do to avoid the thing that they’re just shitting in their asses about.”
The creator of the show, Lorne Michaels, has said there was no secret behind the show’s success. “This show has been successful because of what goes on behind the scenes. Our people write, so they write the jokes. Our production people and cast take it very seriously,” he said.