NRA Lobbyist Stirs Outrage After Shooting And Killing Elephant For Sport On Television (VIDEO)

Tony Makris NRA Lobbyist Elephant

The NRA obsession with guns continues to sink to new lows, and this time it was all recorded and aired on national television for all to see and be disgusted by.

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.

Here’s the video:

As most Americans should know, elephants are intelligent creatures. They are the largest animals that currently walk the Earth and their numbers are dwindling across most of Africa. According to the World Wildlife Fund,

The African elephant once ranged across most of the African continent from the Mediterranean coast to the southern tip. It is thought there may have been as many as 3-5 million African elephants in the 1930s and 1940s.

However, in the wake of intensive hunting for trophies and tusks, elephant numbers fell dramatically throughout the continent from the 1950s. In the 1980s, for example, an estimated 100,000 elephants were being killed per year and up to 80% of herds were lost in some regions. In Kenya, the population plummeted by 85% between 1973 and 1989.

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 only sad that this NRA lobbyist killed an elephant, it’s also ironic considering that the elephant is the symbol of the Republican Party, which the NRA supports.

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?” It sounds more like a bully with a gun. This is just another example of senseless killing as endorsed by the National Rifle Association.