'Alexa,' the target formerly known as 'the Ex' (ZombieInustries.com)
Glenn Beck's speech comparing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Hitler wasn't the only controversy to emerge from the National Rifle Association convention in Houston held May 3-5.
Anti-violence groups are criticizing the NRA for allowing a vendor at its annual conference to display "the Ex," a scantily-clad, blood-splattered female shooting-range target.
According to Zombie Industries, the company that produces the $89.95 Tactical Bleeding Zombies, the targets are "life-sized, three-dimensional tactical mannequins that 'bleed' when you shoot them."
“This is outrageous and dangerous,” Laura Cutilletta, a senior staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, told the New York Daily News. “Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States. This reprehensible product stokes the fire of relationship violence which already claims far too many of our mothers, daughters and sisters."
“The intention of the company was never to discriminate against women or promote violence against women,” Roger Davis, Zombie Industries marketing director, told the paper.
More than 86,000 attended the three-day NRA convention.
In a keynote address on Saturday, Beck blasted Bloomberg's anti-gun efforts, showing attendees an image of the mayor giving a Hitler-esqe salute.
The Anti-Defamation League condemned the shock jock's presentation.
“While he doesn’t say it, it seems Glenn Beck is implying through an image of Mayor Bloomberg in an apparent Hitlerian salute is that the mayor’s policies on gun ownership and other issues are turning New York City into a Nazi-like state," Abraham Foxman, a Holocaust survivor and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, told ABC News. "That suggestion is outrageous, insensitive and deeply offensive on so many levels.”
The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) also blasted Beck:
Glenn Beck's use of disgusting imagery, showing a leading Jewish American as a Nazi, at the National Rifle Association's convention was deeply offensive. The NRA and Republican leaders must stand with the ADL and B'nai B'rith in condemning Glenn Beck—especially those who selected him to give the NRA's keynote address. This isn't only about what Beck said, but the disturbing fact that his stunt was embraced with applause and cheers by attendees at the NRA's national convention. The NRA's crowd is the Republican base and all Americans must take note.
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