NBC Show Features NRA Lobbyist Shooting Elephant In Face And Then Celebrating The Kill

Given the story today about the poaching of elephants, this video on Reddit caught my eye. It part of a show called Under Wild Skies What is this shit? For some reason, NBC Sports Network has been airing an NRA-sponsored hunting show called Under Wild Skies, which apparently airs on NBC. This video shows a lobbyist named Tony Makris shooting an elephant in the face. I am surprised to see NBC airing the scene. It shows that, while one cannot swear on television or show certain types of intimate scenes, you can still shoot a elephant in the face. [WARNING The video contains graphic and disturbing images]

I am also confused why this is so impressive. The elephant is standing there and you shoot it at close quarters in the face with a powerful weapon. The elephant however does not die after two shots but lingers in pain before it is finally put down. The episode ends with celebration with what appears to be champagne.

The program identifies Makris as a lobbyist. Some stories identify him as an NRA lobbyist. Other stories describe the show as “sponsored by the NRA.

The episode is filmed in the Botswana wilderness where he is led to around 20 feet from an elephant. While the number of elephants continue to fall in the country, a ban on trophy hunting will not kick in until 2014. That leaves people like Makris rushing to kill elephants while they still can.

118 thoughts on “NBC Show Features NRA Lobbyist Shooting Elephant In Face And Then Celebrating The Kill”

  1. Oky1,
    What is the “Preamble to the Bill of Rights”?

    Your correction of your omission contains a misspelling.

    I was in Scotland in 1967, and people pretty much understood me. You, on the other hand…

  2. Oops typo: It’s amazing to me what a true friend of the people Thomas Jefferson, Madison, etc., really where/are!

  3. It’s amazing to me what a true friend of the people Thomas Jefferson, Madison really.

    Their advise is even more relevant in times like we find ourselves in today & their advise is to tell all the gungrabbing Commie Nazi Aholes to go straight to he’ll!

    I don’t know of a polite way of telling you people you are not taking my “Preamble to the Bill of Rights”, nor the 1st, not the 2nd & not so much as even a damn comma from any of my/our “Rights”

    BTW: I’m not a member of the NRA & have never been, but I do recommend people to go join GOA.

    http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/beauty-second-amendment-quotation

  4. ap,

    NRA Tried To Stifle Study Showing Gun Retailers Support Background Checks
    By Rebecca Leber
    September 27, 2013
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/09/27/2690521/gun-dealers-background-checks/

    Excerpt:
    A new survey from a University of California-Davis professor shows that even a majority of gun sellers support background checks. Looking at 1,601 federally licensed gun dealers in 2011, Director of UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program Garen Wintemute found that 55 percent support comprehensive background checks, despite the NRA’s position against it. Wintemute found high levels of support for denying guns to people convicted of assault and robbery, as well as those with alcohol abuse and serious mental illnesses.

    When the author began his survey in 2011, he says he received a warning from the National Rifle Association urging members not to participate. An NRA member himself, Wintemute showed Al Jazeera America the email sent, though it appears gun dealers did not heed the NRA’s warning:

    “If you are a federally licensed dealer in firearms, you may recently have received a survey questionnaire from gun control supporter Dr. Garen Wintemute, of the University of California, Davis.

    “Why is Dr. Wintemute sending the survey? Consider the source. Over the years, he has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from anti-gun organizations to conduct “studies” designed to promote gun control.”

  5. Bob K,

    The language is Gàidhlig, if you’re going to attempt speak it you’ll need to wonder most of Scotland, hitting every pub along the way until you’ve discovered which dialect that’s in use here.

    Now if you’re to use that sorry excuse for a drug, alcohol, always stay with the brand you started the evening with & drink plenty of water.

    And I hope that nerve damage from your back gets better soon, I hear it’s a real b*tch some days/evenings.

    🙂

  6. OS:

    I wouldnt shoot one of those things if you paid me. Although it might be interesting to see how far back i would roll.

  7. Bob, Bob,Bob,

    Please walk away if you can’t be civil.

    Or I will!

    I’ve Nothing gain by not being…

    Try somewhere else. TY

  8. Oky1,
    It furthers one to cross the great water.
    While the lion sleeps, the jackal farts.
    The lunatic is in the hall.
    Do you think that I creep in the night, and sleep in a phone booth?
    Why did Bodhidharma travel to Japan?
    Zombies rule Belgium.
    That’s a lot to get on a Tshirt. How about “I love pizza”?
    Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?

    Did I pass the test? Can I join?

  9. **rafflaw 1, September 26, 2013 at 12:27 am

    I have hesitated to comment on this article because the video was so disturbing to me that I was concerned that I could not be objective. I see no sport in this disgusting killing and this human being should be ashamed of himself. **

    rafflaw, ya it’s a weird world out their!!!

    You’ve enough help here between Mike S, OS, Gene & others to safely talk you down from the roof tops.

    Look, I’m a sick sheeet, I can’t ph things up, I’ve a job to fix Sheeet.

    If you fix your mess ourself, no worry, I’ve plenty of messes to attend to.

  10. Darren Smith,

    RE:

    Darren Smith 1, September 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Look, I think of you as a cool SOB that doesn’t get the correct kind of direct recognition you should.

    Keep you head about yourself & warn your friends as I am. We are almost all at the end of the BS Crap.

    It’ll be a bit messy for 6 months/2 years but then we’re on the backside.

    Kept it tight!

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