The National Rifle Association has come under fire for just releasing a target practice game that's rated for kids four and older only weeks after publicly blaming violent video games for influencing events like the mass-shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
The game, called NRA: Practice Range, is free on iTunes for use on devices like the iPhone and iPad. It boasts of featuring nine firearms, three immersive shooting ranges, three distinct difficult levels, analog and gyroscope game controls, according to the iTunes description. It offers safety tips and information on gun laws. Under the iTunes ratings system, apps for age four and older contain "no objectionable material."
The game "instills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations," the description says. "It strikes the right balance of gaming and safety education, allowing you to enjoy the most authentic experience possible."
So far, the only reviews of the game on iTunes are critical of the politics of the NRA for releasing it. "Hypocrites," one reviewer writes. "Is this some kind of sick joke?" Another reviewer writes, "Really?" and goes on to say, "What a dumb move. Good luck getting anyone to take your video game theory serious after this. "