The free app became available this weekend, a month after the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre renewed the national debate on gun control and gun violence – and after NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre blamed violent video games as helping to create a culture of violence that’s to blame for such events.
“This is a classic example of everything that is wrong with the NRA. Instead of coming to the table with constructive ideas to reduce gun violence, the NRA is instead developing a video game that glorifies guns and gun violence,” Courage Campaign online programs director Adam Bink said in a news release. “It is yet another shameful example, in a long list of shameful examples, of the destructive role the NRA plays in reducing gun violence and making our schools, communities and streets safer. We are calling on Apple to reject this app. It has no business being in the hands of kids across this country.”
ABC News reports the app was released Sunday for children ages 4 and up, but its description was updated today to rate it for ages 12 and up.
I’ve downloaded the app to my iPhone; it appears to have indoor range, outdoor range and skeet shoot options but none in which you’re shooting at anything alive. It allows you to choose from among several different kinds of weapon, although some remain locked unless you buy the option for 99 cents.