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What are the Most Offensive Shooting Targets You Can Think Of?

What are the Most Offensive Shooting Targets You Can Think Of?

If you want to shoot a woman, you should really practice first.

Fortunately, a booth at the NRA convention displayed the perfect solution: a life-sized mannequin of a woman that bleeds when you shoot it. It is dressed in a tank top that is torn (by her batterer, most likely) to reveal a purple bra and ample breasts. The mannequin is a torso, no legs, but from what is visible it is naked below the waist.


It was first called The Ex, but manufacturer Zombie Industry’s website now lists its name as Alexa and gives that character a despicable biography — you know, so it’s okay to shoot her (or because company execs just think women are despicable):

She had a wicked mean streak in her and was known for her nasty disposition, especially if she had been drinking.  She also happened to be in love with a young man, but there was a slight problem.. he was married to another women [sic].  When he told her that he loved his wife and could never be unfaithful to her, Alexa became enraged.

Alexa’s plot “to break up a loving a [sic] marriage” wound up with her turning zombie. Undead or not, the company transformed her from “the ex,” whom only a section of the country thinks is okay to shoot, into Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction,” whom just about every movie-going American would shoot if she hid in their shower.

Appalled opponents of The Ex, including anti-domestic violence activists, have already won one round: Amazon ditched the product and apparently all of Zombie’s other target mannequins too.

The Ex’s opponents aren’t done: their tweets are available under #NotBuyingIt. Some of the best are collected here. (Yes, I linked to Al Jazeera’s website. Really, I only read it for the articles.)

Zombie Industries offers another target, called Rocky, that looks like a Jim Crow era caricature of President Obama. The sample at the convention was the color of Kermit the Frog, but the company catalog includes a black version too. Officials at the NRA convention asked Zombie to remove Rocky from public view in its display, which it did.

This video clip talks about both The Ex and Rocky and is well worth a viewing:

 


Zombie Industries hides behind the conceit that the targets are all in good fun because they represent zombies, the walking undead, monsters that must be killed. The motto on the company’s website is “Destroy the Undead.”

Think Geek, a company that sells the targets, explains:

When the zombie apocalypse comes, and you know it’s coming, preparation can mean the difference between life, and unlife…

You have to prepare to survive. … You have to be a crack shot, and that means practicing with your gun. Sure, you can shoot at cans and paper targets all day long, but would that really prepare you for blowing the head off of a dripping shambler? Nope. If you make your target as realistic as possible, you won’t freeze up when faced with the real thing.

(The same website includes this as one of the targets’ features: “Biodegradable Zombie matter keeps tree huggers off your back.”)

Think Geek pretends that the targets are part of an imaginary future war on zombies with no relation to real life (at least I hope they understand that it is imaginary). But they give themselves away. If you have to be a crack shot to kill zombies, imagine how much more practice it takes to be ready to shoot living people, if not because of moral reservations than at least because they move a lot faster.

Zombie’s shooting targets have a theme: nearly universally reviled people whom it is socially acceptable to kill. They’ve got a couple of Nazis, and of course Osama bin Laden. It’s not much of a leap to suppose that company executives feel that it is acceptable to shoot women and the president too.

Scary shooting targets aren’t limited to women and politicians. How about one of a black youth who was shot to death in real life?  Yes, there is a target showing a male in a hoodie, meant to evoke Trayvon Martin. The only redeeming thing to say about that is that the guy who was selling it felt the need to stay anonymous and soon took down all his websites and disappeared. He must have felt that there is some decency left around here.

 

The level of anger and contempt these targets reveal among shooting enthusiasts is frightening, especially because these people have guns.

 

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5:26AM PDT on May 26, 2013

omg

5:30PM PDT on May 22, 2013

that's pretty sick,

7:33AM PDT on May 19, 2013

Simply disgusting.

3:59PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Del R. “Rainbow.. ~~~~ I am surprised you don't see Janes acts as a traitor and she should have been shot for what she did to our soldiers that were prisoners. “

No I do not. It was a lapse of reason by a young girl doing what she thought was right at the time. And her assessment of POW’s can be dismissed as an attempt by the North Vietnamese to try and whitewash; she is too naive to see this. She was just a young stupid girl, too dumb to see she was being played. But to say she should be shot is extreme. Everyone has the inalienable right to make a fool out of themselves.

Jane Fonda: “I have apologized numerous times for any pain I may have caused servicemen and their families because of this photograph. It was never my intention to cause harm.” I think it’s time to let it go. To continue harassing her shows a limited mentality. There are a lot more important things to get pissed about.

“What false information Rainbow ?? Please clarify!!”

You think I have a short memory? First you claim that “the dispicable experiences you discribed never occured or garned a blind eye to it. I have many thougths as to why the service and honor has degraded to this level from my training. “Then you back track “Rainbow ~~~ I never claimed events you posted didn't occur.”

Then you imply a rapist should be dealt with like a naughty boy. My previous posts more than clarify.


3:59PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Hi Suba.. Thank you for keeping your post civil... ~~ used to point out my replies.
~~Del, If you consider Jane Fonda should be shot for a mistake made with good intentions,~~~~ what were her good intentions turning over all the notes to the enemy General? You see that as a good intention knowing full well that any notes they are passing her are palmed in secrecy!!!


~~~ shouldn't the soldiers who intentionally rape/assault unarmed children (not to mention their own people) be shot on sight? ~~ Yes, of course ~~~~

Furthermore what is your big problem with transparency? ~~~~ no problem is all follow the Transparecy as long as not revealing military secrets and increasing the danger to those that serve. ~~~~ As we all repeatedly pointed out, those who have nothing to hide should welcome transparency in order to protect the vulnerable.

~~~ I applaud true transparecy But I expect from POTUS and the W.H. staff.. They are there to serve us.. The latest 3 scandals show the problems that happen when that isn't followed clearly.


2:06PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Del,
If you consider Jane Fonda should be shot for a mistake made with good intentions, shouldn't the soldiers who intentionally rape/assault unarmed children (not to mention their own people) be shot on sight?

Furthermore what is your big problem with transparency? As we all repeatedly pointed out, those who have nothing to hide should welcome transparency in order to protect the vulnerable.

1:42PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Rainbow.. ~~~~ I am surprised you don't see Janes acts as a traitor and she should have been shot for what she did to our soldiers that were prisoners.


~~~ What false information Rainbow ?? Please clarify!!

1:00PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Further backtracking. “But in our ranks the dispicable experiences you discribed NEVER occured or garned a blind eye to it.” Sure you’re not a politician?

“And to be verbally attacked for stating what I personal experienced is not becoming of a professional.”

Calling someone out for factual inaccuracies and deliberately feeding people with false information is a verbal attack? As I said this passive aggressive crap won’t fly.

“For what it is worth I only had to contact my Congressmen once while serving and yes I was warned to not repeat it.”

Then why are you against transparency? Knowing this you should realize the need for oversight.

“The media isn't always a solution either.. Hanoi Jane being a great example. “

I don’t agree with her methods, but I will die for her right to do it. This is so typical of conservatives: they say they love the constitution and yet when anyone acts on those rights that are counter to their thinking they want to stop them. Talk about wiping your ass with the constitution.

12:58PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Del R. “Rainbow ~~~ I never claimed events you posted didn't occur.”

Backtracking aren’t we? “But in our ranks the dispicable experiences you discribed never occured or garned a blind eye to it. I have many thougths as to why the service and honor has degraded to this level from my training. “

“As you, I stated how things were when I served. Hanging dirt bags over side of ship, giving G.I. showers, and occasionally some personal tuneups was all we needed to address problems.”

That is mostly done when someone screws your unit. There’s a vast and telling difference between a swift boot for not pulling your own and standing against those who do real harm.

“Also we had no females in our units and in front line hot spots.”

Nurses have always been in “hot spots”. A nurse I knew who served for 35 years retired when I was in. She served in Vietnam and Desert Storm. She was shot and shelled. Yes there are many units that don’t have women and the farther back you go the less you find but women have always served in the military. There was one lady who served under Washington. [http://www.womensmemorial.org/Education/timeline.html]

“I never claimed to not be appalled by such dispicable acts but to infer the majority turned a blind eye to such dastardly deeds isn't accurate.”

Further backtracking. “But in our ranks the dispicable experiences you discribed NEVER occured or garned a blind

10:59AM PDT on May 17, 2013

Rainbow ~~~ I never claimed events you posted didn't occur. As you, I stated how things were when I served. Hanging dirt bags over side of ship, giving G.I. showers, and occasionally some personal tuneups was all we needed to address problems.. Also we had no females in our units and in front line hot spots. I never claimed to not be appalled by such dispicable acts but to infer the majority turned a blind eye to such dastardly deeds isn't accurate. And to be verbally attacked for stating what I personal experienced is not becoming of a professional. For what it is worth I only had to contact my Congressmen once while serving and yes I was warned to not repeat it. I then informed them to not refuse to address my paperwork in the future and I wouldnt have to contact them again. I had no demotions or loss of clearances for my transgression. Would I do it over again.. Of course. I felt it was the right thing to do and have a clear conscience. Sometimes that is all we have guiding us through life. The media isn't always a solution either.. Hanoi Jane being a great example.

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