Ultra-Violet emailed me…

Okay, due to my broad political spectrum I am on lists from the uber-liberal to the soulless (and by soulless, I am referring to those FAR more to the right than anyone here) right.

Today I received one from Ultra-Violet that made me laugh and wish that I had more disposable income. I would rather buy one of these targets than sign their whiny-assed petition.

Their text is as follows:

A shooting target mannequin named the “The Ex,” a large-breasted woman who bleeds when shot, is being sold on Amazon.com. It’s manufactured by Zombie Industries, a company that was featured at the NRA convention last weekend.

Let’s review the facts: 57% of mass shootings involve incidents of domestic violence.1 The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the chance that a woman will be murdered by 500%.2 54% of women killed with guns are killed by intimate partners or family members.3 Gun violence against women is a serious problem.

But “The Ex” shooting target turns violence against women into a joke and promotes the idea that men should want to kill their ex-wives or ex-girlfriends. The sole Amazon.com review says, “This was a very original, cool way to kick off a bachelor party for a firearm enthusiast, such as myself.”4

Amazon.com recently came under fire for selling t-shirts that advocated for rape and domestic violence.5 After all that bad publicity, they won’t want to look like they’s promoting violence against women again. Zombie Industries has already had to pull a mannequin target that resembled President Obama,6 so they are definitely attracting media attention right now–and it’s just the kind of bad press Amazon doesn’t want. If we all speak up about this horrible “Ex” target we can get Amazon to do the right thing and stop carrying this dangerous product.

Add your name to the petition.

Violence against women may be a joke to the guys at Zombie Industries, but it’s life and death for thousands of women every day. Women in the U.S. are 11 times more likely to be killed with a gun than their counterparts in other high-income countries.7

Guns also quickly escalate domestic violence situations. As Kelly Starr of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence told NBC’s Brian Williams, “When there is a gun around is when we see domestic violence turn to murder.”8

And it’s not just in domestic violence situations where women are threatened with guns. 1 in 5 stalkers will threaten their victims with a weapon, and 78% of stalking victims are women.9

Zombie Industries crossed a line when they started making “The Ex” shooting target. Making light of violence against women is unacceptable, and Amazon.com shouldn’t be selling products that promote violence against women. If Amazon pulls “The Ex” shooting target, it will send a clear message that this won’t be tolerated in the mainstream.

Sign the petition. [I will certainly not stop their rights to petition whomever they want]

Thanks for speaking out,

Yes, I am speaking out… against Ultra-Violet. Get a grip, there is humor in life and sometimes in death.

If I were to choose to call my target, “The Ex”, it is well within my fucking rights to free speech! If I wanted to call it “Speaker of the House” or “Mr. President” it would STILL be within my rights.

I am still friends with my ex, so I would not use it in THAT context.

As to the claim of mass shootings, how do they define mass shootings? I did not see that cited in the article that they referenced from MayorsAgainstIllegalGuns.org.  I have a problem with illegals guns as well, but I also have a problem with illegals with guns…  I have plenty of problems many of them revolve around stupid laws, or the failure to enforce the laws that aren’t stupid.

I was behind Ultra-Violet on the Stubinville case, but with this one, I am on the opposite side.

22 thoughts on “Ultra-Violet emailed me…”

          1. I did not realize that it was down for a few days. I thought it was just quiet. (until yesterday when I went to work on the voting tool for the photo gallery.)We were crippled by Microsoft, Google, and a Japanese bot overly crawling the site indexing everything not nailed down. Nobody emailed me… sigh…

  1. WOW! Most psychologist and counselors would have people take out their anger on representations of the people that they are angry with, it is a very basic approach to anger management. So how is this different? To burn a figure in effigy is another example of how this strategy has been used for centuries. What are they going to go after next? Paper targets that are in the shape of people? They'll have a hard time convincing law enforcement to hand those over.

        1. Although I am disappointed that more here fail to see the problem with these a-holes at "Zombie Industries".

          If there is justice, all involved in that operation will fail to reproduce and the gene pool will be that much better off.

          1. Well, they were smart enough to find a product that generated great buzz. I suspect that their sales charts are looking great. Anyone that can do that can figure out how procreation works, since that is a much easier task.

      1. They don't shoot at their ex due to gender either. They shoot because they have problems with the individual… do they happen to have a model of “The Ex” in male form? perhaps they should to bring this bullshit issue to a close.

          1. I would not go that far… there are plenty of women with firearms.The ladies that used to hang out here, if you see this please forgive this observation…Women are far more vindictive than men. It would not take me off guard to see the same item in a male form to sell quite well.The whole point of  whining about this is because it is a FEMALE form. I thought that the genders were to be equal…

  2. Male Vs. Female Logic
    Woman: Do you drink beer?
    Man: Yes
    Woman: How many beers a day?
    Man: Usually about 3
    Woman: How much do you pay per beer?
    Man: $5.00 which includes a tip
    (This is where it gets scary !)

    Woman: And how long have you been drinking?
    Man: About 20 years, I suppose
    Woman: So a beer costs $5 and you have 3 beers a day which
    puts your spending each month at $450. In one year, it
    would be approximately $5400.correct?
    Man: Correct
    Woman: If in 1 year you spend $5400, not accounting for
    inflation, the past 20 years puts your spending at $108,000,
    correct?
    Man: Correct
    Woman: Do you know that if you didn't drink so much beer,
    that money could have been put in a step-up interest savings
    account and after accounting for compound interest for the
    past 20 years, you could have now bought a Ferrari?
    Man: Do you drink beer?
    Woman: No
    Man: Where's your Ferrari?

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