The nation — and the world — has been shocked and saddened by recent gun violence tragedies. There is some consensus that enough is enough, that the way we treat guns, gun laws, and gun culture must change. And yet, the National Rifle Association (NRA), the largest pro-gun lobby and one of the most influential lobbying groups in the United States seems to exist in a bubble of insensitivity. The worse things get, the more they cling to their guns, their loopholes, their fundamentalist laws, and, now, their games.
In light of last month’s shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school, which killed 20 children and 6 adults, it’s truly heart-warming to see the NRA come out with a family-friendly shooting game aimed at children four and up. Sunday, the same NRA which likes to blame gun violence on gaming culture (or anything besides guns) released a free (because they’re nice that way) shooting app for your iPad or iPhone, called “NRA: Practice Range,” which it describes as:
“the NRA’s new mobile nerve center, delivering one-touch access to the NRA network of news, laws, facts, knowledge, safety tips, educational materials and online resources….NRA: Practice Range also offers a 3D shooting game that instills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations. It strikes the right balance of gaming and safety education, allowing you to enjoy the most authentic experience possible.”