Yes, skippers used to shoot the hippos, but not anymore. I don't think we should, but I think we should keep the gun.
"It's an entirely new way to experience the Jungle Cruise. Every visitor will be equipped with a special hippo pistol and will win points for every hippo blasted from the water! Get your boat's high score, and you could win 'The Pith Helmet'."
I am *so* entering this in the next Theme Park Apprentice game, by the way. ;^)