NRA releases totally inappropriate shooting game app for ages 4 & up!
Well, that didn't take very long. Just a month after the Sandy Hook shooting and weeks after they blamed video games for gun violence, the NRA has created its own app that allows users as young as 4 years old to take target practice.
Ladies and gents, I believe there's a word for this...oh that's right, it's hypocrisy.
The NRA: Practice Range iTunes app was released Sunday by the organization and reportedly offers tips on safety training and a state-by-state gun law database, In addition to the shooting-practice game that allows users to take aim at targets in outdoor, indoor, and skeet shooting modes. If players utilizing the target practicle would like to update their firearm from a free M9 to a more lethal weapon, they can do so for 99 cents.
This would all be disturbing enough, considering it was less than a month ago that the NRA responded to the Sandy Hook shooting by blaming video games like Grand Theft Auto and Mortal Kombat for gun violence. But the REAL problem and the one part that really makes my blood boil? According to the iTunes rating system, the app is recommended for kids as young as four and up because it contains "no objectionable material."
No objectionable material?! So the fact that 4-year-olds, most of whom can't even read the so-called safety tips, will be allowed to play this isn't objectionable? Someone please explain that one to me.
Besides, as seen here, though the app does bring up certain mantras before the user is allowed to shoot (as in "Use only the correct ammunition for your gun" or "Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting"), most of the tip and guideline options available on the app's main menu are actually links that open another browser and bring users to certain sections of the NRA's website. Um...kind of defeats the purpose of an educational app, don't ya think?
I really just don't understand how anyone can possibly be defending this game or the NRA for releasing it, especially after they have refused to ever take any blame and continue to point fingers at everyone but themselves. Yes, there are many videos games that are equally or even more violent than this one that kids probably shouldn't be playing, but at least the companies behind it have the decency to not try and pass it off as some kind of educational tool. After all, most of those games have an "M" rating for mature. Pretty sure 4-year-olds don't fall into that category!
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Would you let your young kids use this app?