Who Is Susan LaPierre? NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre's Wife Filmed Cutting Off Elephant's Tail

Footage has emerged showing Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, and his wife Susan shooting elephants on a hunting trip in the Southern African country of Botswana. Susan LaPierre is seen acting gleeful after removing the tail from one she successfully killed.

The 2013 footage of Wayne and Susan LaPierre, obtained by The Trace and The New Yorker, was originally intended for a TV series sponsored by the gun-rights group, but was never aired.

The clip begins by showing Wayne LaPierre repeatedly failing to kill an elephant despite shooting it three times at point-blank range.

After wounding the elephant with his first shot, a guide then instructs him where to shoot at the elephant to kill him. He fails to do this three times, so a second guide comes to do it for him.

The New Yorker notes that his wife was much more successful in her attempts and appears to kill an elephant in one shot after being told to aim between the animal's eyes.

Susan LaPierre then approaches the elephant as it lays on the ground and fires one more shot in the elephant's side.

She then becomes emotional and begins hugging the guides while explaining how great the experience was for her.

"That was amazing, I can't believe it," Susan says while patting her chest. "Wow. My heart is racing. I feel great...That was awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome."

The clip ends with a guide telling Susan she needs to cut the elephant's tail in order to "claim" it. Under instructions, Susan then uses a knife to slice off the end of the tail.

"Victory!" she cries after successfully removing it. "That's amazing, that's my elephant tail."

The footage ends with a caption explaining how the video has been kept from the public for eight years and the NRA did not respond to requests for comment.

The report adds that—as per Susan's written request—the LaPierres had parts from the elephants they killed secretly shipped back to the U.S. and the front feet made into stools for their home.

Warning: Video contains distressing content.

Who is Susan LaPierre?

Susan LaPierre grew up in Wisconsin, and says she spent her childhood years hunting and fishing, with her father being the one who taught her how to use a gun.

She founded the NRA Women's Leadership Forum more than a decade ago as part of plans to recruit more women into the pro-gun rights organization.

She is listed as the forum's co-chair, alongside Janet D. Nyce.

"Many of us shoot and hunt, but ALL of us care about protecting our personal freedoms," a quote from Susan states on the NRA Women's Leadership Forum website.

"We are women of intelligence and thought, generous in spirit, strong in character, self-determined, and we act on, and stand for, what we believe."

She also sits on the board of the National Parks Foundation after being inducted in 2017.

According to a profile on the National Parks Foundation website, she also serves as President of the Board of Trustees for Youth For Tomorrow, a nonprofit treatment center and accredited high school for at-risk children which was founded by former Washington Football Team coach Joe Gibbs.

In August 2019, it was reported that the financially struggling NRA had spent thousands of dollars on high-end hair and makeup stylists for Susan LaPierre while she made appearances across the country, as well as paying for plane flights and luxury hotel stays for the stylists.

In a statement to The Daily Beast, the NRA played down the reports as a "smear campaign orchestrated to damage those close" to the lobbying group.

"Ms. LaPierre and other senior members of the NRA fundraising team participate in TV interviews, nationally-televised speeches, and videos used to raise millions of dollars annually," a spokesperson said.

"Hair and make-up services might be used in those instances-coordinated, directed, and paid for by [former NRA public relations firm] Ackerman McQueen.

"This is another non-story with facts presented out of context-an act of desperation being fueled by the same group of people who attempted to extort Wayne LaPierre and the Association."

The NRA Women's Leadership Forum has been contacted for comment on the elephant video.

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Honoree Wayne LaPierre and his wife, Susan LaPierre, pose for a photo at the 18th Annual Larry King Cardiac Foundation Gala at Ritz Carlton Hotel on May 19, 2012 in Washington, D.C Paul Morig for Larry King Cardiac Foundation/Getty Images