A ‘good guy with a gun’ – ‘NRA Lobbyist Stirs Outrage After Shooting And Killing Elephant For Sport On Television’
‘NRA lobbyist Tony Makris, who is close to NRA CEO and mouthpiece Wayne LaPierre, went on a hunting trip in Botswana in Africa’.
‘He wasn’t hunting to survive or feed his family nor was he even picking on an animal that has a strong and quickly replenishing population. Makris, armed with .577 rifle, cruelly gunned down a defenseless African Elephant for sport’.
‘According to Dead Spin, Makris shot the animal twice in the face and then chased it down and shot it again, finally killing it’.
‘Makris and his fellow hunters then posed for pictures with the carcass and drank champagne in celebration of the killing. And the whole thing was recorded on camera and aired by NBC Sports on this week’s episode of Under Wild Skies’.
‘An estimated 470,000-690,000 African Elephants remain in the wild but they are still being killed in droves by ruthless poachers and by trigger-happy hunters like Makris purely for sport’.
‘All so that he can claim it as a trophy’.
‘It’s not like Makris killed a deer. He killed an elephant’.
‘Unlike deer or turkey, elephants cannot and do not reproduce nearly as fast. It takes nearly two years of gestation before a pregnant female elephant delivers a fully developed calf’.
‘In other words, elephants have a hard time replenishing their own numbers. But hunters and poachers are killing elephants faster than they can reproduce’.
‘This “hunt” is also insulting to the American people. Why’?
‘Because such a hunt costs well north of $50,000 to set up’.
‘Americans are struggling to put food on the table, the NRA’s GOP allies are slashing critical food assistance, and this lobbyist has the nerve to drop 50K just to slaughter an endangered animal for the fun of it’?
‘How does that fit the mold of a “good guy with a gun?”
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/09/26/nra-lobbyist-stirs-outrage-after-shooting-and-killing-elephant-for-sport-on-television-video/