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During the National Rifle Association convention this weekend, conservative commentator Glenn Beck raised eyebrows during his anti-gun laws speech by comparing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Hitler.
The provocative pundit criticized Mayor Bloomberg's efforts to enforce gun control during the NRA convention that took place in Houston by displaying an image of him giving a Nazi salute.
"When somebody argues for gun control, they are either living in self-imposed ignorance or they are just living an argument of control," Beck said during his key note address.
"I am amazed at how many of my New York friends have become absolute dopes and just will accept the soda ban, the popcorn ban, the salt ban," he continued. "I've come up with a new advertisement for New York, a new slogan: "You will love New York!"
"We are a sick society," said Beck. "Have we gone insane? Have we gone insane? Yes, we have. Yes, we have."
Beck's polarizing anti-Bloomberg/New York screed wasn't the only controversial moment at the convention attended by around 70,000 people; gun safety advocate and firearms instructor Rob Pincus advised members to keep weapons inside their kids' bedrooms as a safety measure.
"How about putting a quick-access safe in your kids' room?" Pincus asks. "We have an emotional push back to that. Here's my position on this. If you're worried that your kid is going to try to break into the safe that is in their bedroom, with a gun in it, you have bigger problems than home defense."
Perhaps most shocking of all, though, was an NRA convention vendor selling bleeding, "zombie" shooting targets — including one model eerily similar in appearence to President Barack Obama, and one female-styled target chillingly named "the ex-girlfriend." The bizarre booth was eventually taken down after a request from event organizers.
Watch a clip of Beck's speech below.