U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is calling on Zombie Industries to stop selling its “gun control lobbyist” target — a life-sized mannequin that bleeds when shot. Murphy’s office Wednesday released a letter to Zombie CEO Roger Davies, where he wrote:
This representation is incredibly offensive to both to the victims of gun violence and to the dedicated people who advocate for gun violence prevention, many of whom have lost loved ones to guns or are survivors themselves … These people have suffered in a way that is difficult for anyone to internalize, and their losses are impossible to truly understand. To trivialize these experiences and attempt to portray such knowledgeable, passionate people as villains is a shameless and despicable ploy to make a few bucks.
Reached at his California headquarters, Davies said the target “doesn’t depict any person. It’s just a zombie target. We are sensitive that people have been lost in mass shootings.” Gun control efforts are turning “law abiding citizens into criminals.”
It’s really funny that a small company in San Diego can get the attention of a congressman. I don’t see how my target does anything to promote violence.
I manufacture zombie targets that are entertaining and designed to engage the youth shooter in a safe and responsible manner. We believe our product is a good tool to engage the youth shooter.