A video of Wayne LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Association, embarrassing himself while hunting by failing to accurately shoot a reclining elephant a couple of meters away has appeared on the Web, previously hidden from the public. A copy of the footage was published by The New Yorker.
Lapierre’s trip to Botswana in 2013 was filmed by the crew of the television series “Under the Wild Sky” in order to raise the organization’s profile among hunters, its key sponsors. The program never aired for fear of embarrassment.
The video shows guides leading Lapierre a short distance away from the animal, which was lying on its side, immobilized after the first shot. Standing nearby, Lapierre shot the animal three times in the wrong place. Finally, the guide asked the host of “Under the Wild Sky” to shoot, and he finished off the elephant. Later that day, Susan LaPierre testified that she shot better than her husband. After the guides tracked down the elephant for her, Susan killed it, cut off its tail, and held it up with cries of “Victory!”
“It’s disgusting to watch Lapierre cruelly and clumsily kill this beautiful creature. No animal should have to suffer like this,” Tanya Sanerib, senior attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, commented to HuffPost.
In 2012, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, Lapierre told Americans campaigning for new gun regulations that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” for which he was also criticized.