There has been a lot of speculation about what footage was included in these shows, which would lead Wayne LaPierre to sink the episodes. It was known that in the shows Wayne LaPierre and his wife Susan hunted, killed and delighted the largest land mammals on earth – African bush elephants. What was also known was that tThe LaPierres went hunting for these elephants about a year after the mass shooting Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
However, hunting large game animals never seemed to be something the NRA viewed as poor publicity. NRA and MAGA Republicans across the country have made it very clear that their views on the second amendment to our constitution take precedence over the shooting of school children. Elephant shooting in a land far away is unlikely to register for people like the LaPierres. Still, there has been speculation that at least part of the reason for this hunting history rework had to do with Wayne LaPierre’s media kit, which boasted membership:
As a professional huntum, from Chesapeake waterfowl to the African Cape buffalo, Wayne understands the key role hunters play in nature conservation. over Over the years he led the NRA’s efforts to uphold the integrity of the Pittman.Robertson Act, directed NRA programs for young shooters and hunters, and fought for access for athletes – including the disabled– to public land for hunting.
It looks like the clever hunter piece was what hurt Wayne’s tiny little soul. The material was shot in Botswana. Wayne LaPierre is shown to a location from which he can shoot an elephant. LaPierre cannot hear the guide telling him to wait as he wears earplugs to protect his ears from the noise and shoots the elephant. Unfortunately, Wayne LaPierre doesn’t seem good at hunting things, and the elephant is not dead, only immobilized on the ground. LaPierre is instructed to shoot the breathing animal while it is lying on the ground. The guide shows where LaPierre should shoot. From just a few meters away, LaPierre shoots the poor animal twice and still does not kill it while hitting it.
The guide says to LaPierre: “I’m not sure where you’re shooting.” LaPierre seems frustrated and asks where to shoot the animal. The guide even asks LaPierre’s travel partner Tony Makris, a C-suite manager at the NRA’s former PR firm, Ackerman McQueen, if he’d like to take care of the poor animal for LaPierre. LaPierre says he can and shoots the elephant at close range for the fourth time. He misses the mark. Makris eventually enters and takes the kill shot. Like the PR bastard he is, he turns to LaPierre and says, “You dropped him like no tomorrow.”
Susan LaPierre’s section of the video reveals that she is a better picker and listener than her husband. Her experience culminates in cutting off the tail of the fallen elephant she killed. Unlike her husband, Susan seems really excited and emotional and grateful for the experience itself. I’m not a hunter, and aside from the need to hunt to balance ecosystems or food, I find it an archaic pursuit. Besides, as much as I dislike people like Susan and Wayne LaPierre, Susan seems at least to really want to murder things for a perverted sense of achievement. But Wayne … I just don’t know what he’s doing with his cold, dead hands.
Makris was a producer on the show, which originally aired on NBC. The show was canceled by NBC in 2013 after Makris shot an elephant in 2012 and said his critics were “like Hitler”. NRATV took over the show, which is why this expensive little excursion took place. According to The Trace, elephant hunting in Botswana costs tens of thousands of dollars, and while the footage never aired on the show, Susan made sure that her trophies were secretly mailed to her and Wayne: “The Master Airway Bill was on behalf of a taxidermist, paid the Makris ‘company to turn the animals’ front feet into stools for Wayne and Susan’s home. “
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