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Circus elephant shot in drive-by shooting in Mississippi

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:04 p.m. HST, Apr 10, 2013

TUPELO, Miss. » Authorities say a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephant was hit by a bullet in a drive-by shooting in Tupelo, Miss.

Circus spokeswoman Melinda Hartline says the elephant was not seriously hurt Tuesday. She says no other animals were harmed.

The elephant, Carol, is part of a circus in town for a series of performances. The Asian elephant was in an outside area of the Tupelo BancorpSouth Arena.

Police Chief Tony Carleton says a vehicle drove past the arena about 2 a.m. and fired into the area. Police are investigating.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says in a news release that it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible. A $250 reward had already been offered.

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Poipounder808 wrote:
WTH is wrong with people?
on April 10,2013 | 04:31AM
JimLoomis wrote:
Unfortunate, but whatever we do, we can't mess with that guy's 2nd Amendment rights!
on April 10,2013 | 04:47AM
UhhDuhh wrote:
Yuuup. I can hear it already- "the elephant should have armed himself".
on April 10,2013 | 08:41AM
saveparadise wrote:
Darn right. Hunting is not a sport unless the animal can shoot back. An armed criminal....now that would be sporting. Let's make it legal.
on April 10,2013 | 09:22AM
saveparadise wrote:
We can prosecute idiots like that and make punishment fit the crime. That is what we should do. So what does the 2nd amendment rights have to do with an idiot committing a crime like this??
on April 10,2013 | 09:17AM
Kapakahi wrote:
The Second Amendment specifically protects the right to arm bears. It is silent upon the right to arm elephants. The Founding Fathers may have known about elephants, but it is unlikely there were any elephants in the United States during the years they were drawing up the Constitution. In any event, they did not comprise a significant constituency, nor did their supporters.

Bears, on the other hand, are native to North America and were well-known by the Founding Fathers. Which is not to say all the FF liked the bears. But the were a force to be reckoned with. Even to the point of enshrining the right to arm bears in the constitution. In the SECOND Amendment, second only to the pre-eminent First Amendment.

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What I wrote here may be nonsense. But it is less nonsensical than much of what passes for "informed" comments on the right to bear arms in the comments section of this paper. People who believe we have the right to have weaponry powerful enough to defeat the police or the US military in order to maintain our freedom are delusional and dangerous.

on April 10,2013 | 10:05AM
saveparadise wrote:
Being misinformed can be delusional and dangerous to yourself. The right to have weaponry powerful enough to defeat the police and army is debatable as is what we are currently allowed to own due to limitations of the law. Each state has different laws regarding ownership and Hawaii is one of the most restrictive. Being an anonymous gun owner would give you some power but is not legal. One should be "informed" before calling what others comment as "nonsense".
on April 10,2013 | 11:13AM
SteveToo wrote:
It is not illegal to be an "anonymous gun owner". Many people bought guns legally before Hawaii's laws became so restrictive.
on April 10,2013 | 01:13PM
SteveToo wrote:
Jim Loomis can we mess w/your 1st Amendment rights because you make STUPID statements?
on April 10,2013 | 01:12PM
SteveToo wrote:
Hmmm thought this was deleted but it's just in the wrong place. LOL
on April 10,2013 | 02:08PM
SteveToo wrote:
Deleted once lets try again. Jim, why can you mess with my 2nd Amendment rights but I can't mess with your 1st Amendment rights??????
on April 10,2013 | 02:07PM
saveparadise wrote:
We need to prosecute and make punishment fit the crimes committed. Incarceration is minimal and the judicial system is a joke to repeat offenders who know the ropes of the revolving door. What has the 2nd Amendment rights have to do with this?
on April 10,2013 | 09:20AM
primo1 wrote:
A senseless, cruel act. As if that poor animal hadn't suffered enough just by being in the circus.
on April 10,2013 | 10:25AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Tortured to learn stupid tricks ...and forced to do stupid tricks .... just so it can eat.
on April 10,2013 | 12:42PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Was this a gang related incident? If so, what gang is that elephant in? Oh, must be an Asian gang since it is an Asian elephant.
on April 10,2013 | 07:59PM
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