HOUSTON (CBS Houston/AP) – Zombie Industries, a company that recently came under fire for manufacturing and selling a zombie mannequin target believed to be created in the likeness of President Barack Obama, has garnered attention once again for another one of its provocative products.
This time attention is focused on “The Ex” — the only female zombie doll available in what is a series of mannequins designed to bleed fake blood when shot for target practice by their owners. The doll is available for just under $100.
“The Zombie virus does not discriminate and neither does Zombie Industries,” the company notes on its website. “We take preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse seriously, which is why we strive to have all groups of undead monsters represented in our product selection.”
The company added, “In addition to the Ex Girlfriend Zombie, we currently sell 15 male zombies, 5 animal zombies [and] 2 aliens … to discriminate against Women [sic] by not having them represented in our product selection would be just plain sexist.”
The doll that launched Zombie Industries to fame – and infamy – was “Rocky,” a mannequin whose reported resemblance to Obama made for national news fodder amid general coverage of the National Rifle Association’s annual conference.
“Someone from the NRA came by and asked us to remove it” a Zombie Industries booth worker was quoted as saying by BuzzFeed. “They thought it looked too much like President Obama.”
In addition to a products expo, several speeches were also made advocating for gun rights during the convention.
National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year’s midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons.
Proponents of gun control also asserted that they are in their fight for the long haul and have not been disheartened by last month’s defeat of a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales.
During a fiery and defiant speech, Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, the public face of the NRA, said the “political and media elites” have tried to use Sandy Hook and other recent shootings “to blame us, to shame us, to compromise our freedom for their agenda.” He said the proposed bill “got the defeat that it deserved” and that the measure would do nothing to prevent the next mass shooting.
Meanwhile, across the street from the convention, advocates of expanded background checks and other gun control measures vowed to continue their fight.
Kellye Bowman of the Houston chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national grassroots effort promoting gun control that was started after the Sandy Hook shooting, said her organization was not discouraged by last month’s failure of the gun control bill. She said its defeat actually increased her group’s membership.
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